A RE-ELECTED Coalition Government will spend $1.5 million to combat erosion at Inverloch and Phillip Island.
The money from the eleventh-hour election promise, by local federal MP Russell Broadbent, will go towards the Bass Coast Shire’s Climate Change and Adaptation – Environment and Erosion project.
Mr Broadbent said the funding will help protect one of Victoria’s most beautiful coastlines with the overall project tackling erosion at Inverloch and Phillip Island.
“We are lucky enough to have incredible beaches right along our coastline that not only support local wildlife but also a thriving tourism industry from Phillip Island to Inverloch,” he said on Thursday.
“Protecting our natural resources and environment is vital to ensuring that future generations are able to continue enjoying our beaches while protecting important habitat for wildlife.
“Erosion at the Inverloch foreshore has already seen considerable damage to the dune system which is home to the Hooded Plover, as well as causing the portable Inverloch Surf Life Saving Club towers to be shifted after the ground eroded under them,” Mr Broadbent said.
Mr Broadbent said the $1.5 million commitment towards council’s $6 million project would assist council in securing additional funding from the Victorian State Government, ensuring that the project is a partnership between local, state and federal governments.
“It is important that this project is undertaken as a partnership between all levels of government and this commitment will go a long way to helping the Bass Coast Shire Council protect our coastline.
“I look forward to having the opportunity to continue working with the shire and local community in protecting our beaches,” Mr Broadbent said.