Government offers council $80,000 to fund projects

THE State Government has approved two Clarence Valley projects as part of its Coastal Management Program but two other projects on the agenda have been rejected.

It was revealed at Tuesday's Clarence Valley Council meeting that government has offered the council $80,000 to fund the Pilot Hill project at Yamba and to finance a review of the Brooms Head erosion hotspot.

Council's attempts to secure funding to construct a rock wall to protect the beach at Brooms Head from further erosion and to carry out an environmental assessment of a sand nourishment project at Wooli Beach were rejected.

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The Pilot Hill project will monitor the movement of ground water at the site to identify the risk of land slip.

Government has offered $52,500 to fund the project. The money will allow analysis of data collected from three significant rainfall events over the past 10 years.

The review will consider the issues and make recommendations on the actions to be taken to stabilise the hill, sub-surface drainage and classification of landslide risk zones.

Council has also secured funding to further investigate the causes of coastal erosion at Brooms Head, which has led to it being identified as an erosion hotspot.

Council had asked for $30,000 to finance the project but was offered $27,500.

Landowners have claimed the existence of clay and rubble and other material near the Lake Cakora entry makes the coastal hazard much less than claimed in studies completed in 2001 and 2013. The planned study will include geotechnical assessment of the hazard lines for the area.

Council contested the funding shortfall but has been advised that government has finalised the amount available.

Work on the project is set to commence before June.

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