TWEED ESTUARY GETS $50,000 TO FIGHT EROSION

Environment Minister Rob Stokes, Member for Lismore Thomas George and Member for Tweed Geoff Provest today announced $50,000 to help protect the Tweed estuary from erosion.

Tweed Shire Council will contribute $63,000 to the project.

Mr Stokes said the NSW Government funding would go towards new stabilisation for a 400m section of degraded riverbank of the Tweed River.

“This project will provide a much needed solution to erosion in the area, without the environmental issues that can often arise,” Mr Stokes said.

“Traditional revetment walls can have adverse ecological and amenity impacts and this project has proposed alternative stabilisation solutions to deal with erosion.

“This includes stock fencing, revegetation and the construction of rock fillets to dissipate wave energy and encourage reed growth in sheltered embayments.”

Mr George said the project would be of great benefit to the environmental values of the area.

“Erosion is a serious issue in the estuary and impacts water quality, and I am pleased this project will help address this in the upper reaches of the Tweed estuary,” Mr George said.

Mr Provest welcomed the funding for the project.

“I commend Tweed Shire Council for their plan to protect this beautiful estuary and I am proud the NSW Government is able to support it,” Mr Provest said.

Funding for the project has come from this year’s round of the NSW Government’s Estuary Management Program.

Lismore Contact Details:

Office: 55 Carrington Street  LISMORE
Postal: PO Box 52  LISMORE  NSW  2480
Telephone: 02 6621 3624
Facsimile: 02 6622 1403
Email: lismore@parliament.nsw.gov.au

Murwillumbah Contact Details:

Telephone: 02 6672 7577