Tweed River given protection boost
THE Tweed River will benefit with almost $200,000 in funding to protect its waterways.
Tweed Shire Council Mayor Katie Milne welcomed a $97,500 State Government funding injection for the river announced by Planning Minister Rob Stokes today, to be matched dollar for dollar by council.
The Estuary Management Program grant will help council develop a 10-year Coastal Zone Management Plan to enable community access to the water, while protecting its environmental values.
The money for the protection and management of the Tweed River was announced when the minister visited the shire to declare Tweed Heads as a regional city today.
Mr Stokes said the funding would assist the region to continue to hinge its tourism marketing on the ‘saltwater economy’.
“The saltwater economy is an integral part of our way of life, and we want to ensure we have healthy waterways with thriving, resilient communities now and into the future,” he said.
“Protecting the natural environment is foundational to achieving this.”
Ms Milne said the funding would secure council’s strategy to protect the entire estuary system of the Tweed River, which had already commenced at council level but urgently needed financial backing.
“This funding helps us to undertake the Tweed River coastal management plan, which is quite a significant project,” Cr Milne said.
“Council is very cash strapped for funds, particularly for the environment, so any assistance from the minister is more than welcome.”
She said a top priority would be to address the problem of Tweed River bank erosion.
“We’ve got about 15km of erosion in the Tweed River and about 6km of that is actually very adjacent to our major road networks from Tweed Heads to Murwillumbah, so it’s quite important that we protect that road on Tweed Valley Way,” she said.
Tweed MP Geoff Provest welcomed the move, saying the Tweed River’s estuary ecosystem was a vital part of the region’s natural environment.
The grant is one of 25 Estuary Management Program grants totalling almost $1.8 million awarded to 19 councils and local land services across NSW.