Fighting coastal flooding and building community resilience are the aims of a new project to be rolled out in the City of Busselton under the Federal Preparing Australian Communities Program (PACP).
The PACP is about growing the nation’s resilience to natural disasters.
Through this project, the City of Busselton will progress towards protection from coastal flooding by protective built and natural infrastructure, and emergency planning and impact modelling.
Federal Member for Forrest, Nola Marino has welcomed this new seven-million-dollar project, which is funded 50:50 by the Australian Government and the City of Busselton.
“As a low-lying coastal city, Busselton is susceptible to local flooding coinciding with storm surges,” Mrs Marino said.
“The combination of monitoring, modelling, dune enhancement and levee construction in this project will lift the resilience of the Busselton community,” she said.
Mayor of the City of Busselton, Grant Henley has welcomed the partnership with the Australian Government to deliver this project.
“This project will enhance our emergency response preparedness through early warning systems, and provide physical barriers to protect against storm surges,” Mayor Henley said.
In delivering this program, the Australian Government is not only increasing disaster preparedness and resilience, but also reducing the cost in time and money of recovery following future disasters.