Mayor seeks help with issue surrounding sea level rises

The mayor is looking for funding to address issues such as those in Wooli or Brooms Head.
The mayor is looking for funding to address issues such as those in Wooli or Brooms Head.

ALL THREE tiers of government have acknowledged they will need to work together to address the effects of sea level rises on coastal areas.

Clarence Valley Mayor Richie Williamson called on both the state and federal governments to allocate funding to address this issue after the NSW Local Government Association met in Dubbo.

He identified Wooli and Brooms Head as places where action would be needed to tackle the effects of climate change and sea level rises.

Cr Williamson said flood-related issues had previously been addressed with equal contributions from local, state and federal gov- ernments.

"The Local Government Association will be lobbying for this," he said.

"We had unanimous support from our local government colleagues across NSW."

State Member for Clarence Chris Gulaptis agreed with Cr Williamson, acknowledging a co-operative effort would be required to deal with coastal erosion.

"I agree that all tiers of government need to take responsibility for coastal erosion and need to provide assistance," Mr Gulaptis said.

He said he believed there should be a one-to-one-to-one funding ratio from federal, state and local governments.

Federal Member for Page Janelle Saffin was more hesitant to commit to a funding agreement.

"I am not sure about who should fund what, but I would carefully consider what the Local Government Association are saying and particularly the coastal councils, such as Mayor Richie Williamson's," said Ms Saffin.

She said federal funding had already been allocated to address the issue through climate change programs aimed at coastal erosion.

"There is federal government funding available for climate change programs, and this is one that is a real issue for coastal erosion," Ms Saffin said.

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