About the Coastal Public Access and Risk Grants Program

The Coastal Public Access and Risk (CPAR) Grants Program delivers funding to coastal Crown land managers, including voluntary committees of management and local government, to reduce coastal risk and improve public access.

The Victorian Government is funding these grants for activities that reduce coastal risk through:

  • identification
  • mitigation and
  • monitoring.

Why do we need the Coastal Public Access and Risk Grants Program?

Given the range of risks that are inherent in a dynamic coastal environment, this program aims to support a strategic and balanced approach to risk management along the Victorian coast.

The grants help provide the community with safe access to our beaches, and help coastal Crown land managers manage risks to our precious coastal environments.

Types of projects previously funded by CPAR grants include:

  • risk assessment and management plans for safer access
  • repair or replacement of paths, stairways, boardwalks and access ramps
  • installation and improvement of public safety signage and access barriers
  • works on viewing platforms and lookouts.

Apply for a Coastal Public Access and Risk grant

The 2022-23 grant round is closed. Successful projects will be announced in early 2023.

View the 2022-23 grant application guidelines here.

If ineligible for the Coastal Public Access and Risk Grants Program, visit Grants Victoria for Victorian government grants.

Previous grant projects

Read more about the projects we have funded.

  • Number of projects funded: 20
  • Total funding: $1,306,620

Barwon South West

Recipient

Project

Grant amount

Barwon Coast Committee of Management Inc.

12W stairs and beach access replacement Ocean Grove

$34,496

Barwon Coast Committee of Management Inc.

17W stairs and beach access replacement Ocean Grove

$36,729

Bellarine Bayside Foreshore Committee of Management Inc.

Northern Bellarine foreshore landslide risk management

$11,560

Bellarine Bayside Foreshore Committee of Management Inc.

Indented Head saltmarsh boardwalks – boardwalk 1

$65,100

Bellarine Bayside Foreshore Committee of Management Inc.

Indented Head saltmarsh boardwalks – boardwalk 2

$71,400

Bellarine Bayside Foreshore Committee of Management Inc.

Indented Head saltmarsh boardwalks – boardwalk 3

$80,500

Glenelg Shire Council

Portland Foreshore bollard installation

$64,000

Great Ocean Road Coast and Parks Authority

Beach safety sign installation and replacement

$150,000

Great Ocean Road Coast and Parks Authority

Jan Juc emergency access ramp

$150,000

Great Ocean Road Coast and Parks Authority

Wye River caravan park beach access

$9,779

Great Ocean Road Coast and Parks Authority

Beach access point at Apollo Bay – Gambier St

$59,136

Nelson Reserves Committee of Management Inc.

West Bank car park foreshore rejuvenation

$135,222

Warrnambool City Council

Wild Coast Landscape Master Plan access improvement

$150,000

Gippsland

Recipient

Project

Grant amount

Corinella Foreshore Reserve Committee of Management Inc.

Clearing and remediation of contaminated beach site

$66,100

Sandy Point Foreshore Committee of Management Inc.

Dune erosion reinstatement

$47,262

Port Phillip

Recipient

Project

Grant amount

City of Port Phillip

Sandbar beach access upgrade

$60,291

Merricks Beach Foreshore Reserve Committee of Management Inc.

Merricks Beach 'Pine Slide' path upgrade

$25,018

Mornington Peninsula Shire Council

Fishermans Beach geotechnical risk assessment and mitigation options - stage 2

$36,245

Mornington Peninsula Shire Council

Cliff risk assessment and remediation - Kennon Cove, Flinders

$38,090

Point Leo Foreshore Committee of Management

East Creek beach pedestrian access

$15,692

2021-22 funded projects (PDF, 181.0 KB)

  • Number of projects funded: 12
  • Total funding: $500,000

Barwon South West

Recipient

Project

Grant amount

Barwon Coast Committee of Management Inc.

Renew Hodgson St. beach access with a pedestrian ramp

$ 50,000

Great Ocean Road Coast Committee Inc.

Renew beach access and fencing - Eastern View and Anglesea

$ 12,450

Great Ocean Road Coast Committee Inc.

Formalisation of beach access point - staircase, The Gap Torquay

$ 21,000

Moyne Shire Council

Replace Griffiths Island southern causeway

$ 72,984.50

Parks Victoria

Repair Gibson Steps public coastal access structure

$ 17,500

Gippsland

Recipient

Project

Grant amount

Loch Sport Foreshore Committee of Management Inc.

Realignment of eroded foreshore walking track at Seagull Drive and The Boulevard

$47,888

Phillip Island Nature Park

Coastal erosion intervention at the Penguin Parade

$78,770

Walkerville Foreshore Committee of Management Inc.

Walkerville South coastal access tracks rebuild and repair

$22,565

Port Phillip

Recipient

Project

Grant amount

Balnarring Beach Foreshore and Parks Reserve Inc.

Fire hydrant installation in C reserve

$ 15,584.50

Kingston City Council

Carrum Beach terminal scour and beach access works

$ 65,000

Merricks Beach Foreshore Reserve Committee of Management Inc.

Merricks Beach Foreshore access paths safety improvement

$ 79,508

Mornington Peninsula Shire

Fishermans Beach geotechnical risk assessment

$ 16,750

2020-21 funded projects (PDF, 157.7 KB)

  • Number of projects funded: 20
  • Total funding: $853,745

Barwon South West

Recipient

Project

Grant amount

Borough of Queenscliffe

Beach condition and hazard identification assessment

$ 7,000

Great Ocean Road Coast Committee Inc.

Anglesea beach access ramp

$ 150,000

Great Ocean Road Coast Committee Inc.

Coastal and terrestrial process dynamics in Anglesea Bay

$ 28,147

Moyne Shire Council

Bourne Avenue access ramp, East Beach, Port Fairy

$ 100,000

Otway Coast Committee of Management

Skenes Creek beach accesses

$ 18,018

Otway Coast Committee of Management

Wye River boardwalk

$ 3,990

Otway Coast Committee of Management

Kennett River Holiday Park fire hose reels

$ 4,480

Warrnambool City Council

Landscape Master Plan for Levys Point and Spooks

$ 20,000

Warrnambool City Council

Lady Bay Investigation and Decommission - McGennas and Worm Bay Access

$ 9,900

Warrnambool City Council

Shipwreck beach access

$ 93,400

Warrnambool City Council

Surfside beach access

$ 46,700

Gippsland

Recipient

Project

Grant amount

Bass Coast Shire Council

Cowes East Foreshore: erosion management planning

$25,000

East Gippsland Shire Council/DELWP

Bullock Island pedestrian and vehicle separation and demarcation works

$16,800

Grantville and District Foreshore Committee

Reduction of public risk from steel debris and improve erosion prevention

$40,000

Sandy Point Foreshore Committee of Management Inc.

Sandy Point boardwalk extension and Roy Henderson Path upgrade

$25,500

Seaspray Reserve Committee of Management Inc.

Seaspray foreshore path and crossover surf club to creek

$20,000

Port Phillip

Recipient

Project

Grant amount

Dromana Foreshore Committee of Management Inc.

Fire management plan for LaTrobe Reserve Dromana

$7,810

Kingston City Council

Bay Trail continuation

$150,000

Mornington Peninsula Shire

Mornington/Mt Martha cliffside fence upgrade – phase two

$35,000

WhiteCliffs to Camerons Bight Foreshore Reserve Committee of Management

Stairway replacement and coastal erosion mitigation

$52,000

2018-19 funded projects (PDF, 263.5 KB)

  • Number of projects funded: 17
  • Total funding: $932,000

Barwon South West

Recipient

Project

Grant amount

Bellarine Bayside Foreshore Committee of Management

St Leonards coastal trail realignment

$ 24,000

Bellarine Bayside Foreshore Committee of Management

Public safety and access: Jade Tiger Beach, Indented Head

$ 88,000

Glenelg Shire Council

Portland coastal stability assessment

$ 20,000

Great Ocean Road Coast Committee Inc.

Steps beach stairway replacement Jan Juc

$ 60,000

Moyne Shire Council

Port Fairy Surf Club boat ramp reconfiguration

$ 45,000

Otway Coast Committee of Management

Marengo beach access and beach renourishment mitigation

$ 27,000

Otway Coast Committee of Management

Wye River beach access

$ 35,000

Surf Coast Shire Council

Bells Beach replacement of Winki lookout pathways

$ 128,000

Warrnambool City Council

Moyjil-Point Ritchie access upgrade

$ 121,000

Gippsland

Recipient

Project

Grant amount

Bass Coast Shire Council

First Surf beach foreshore stair access replacement

$ 56,000

Gippsland Ports Committee of Management Inc.

Lakes Entrance risk mitigation works

$ 34,000

Phillip Island Nature Parks

Colonnades boardwalk

$ 18,000

Sandy Point Foreshore Committee of Management Inc.

Safety upgrade of Sandy Point foreshore main beach access

$ 15,000

Seaspray Reserve Committee of Management Inc.

Caravan Park beach access

$ 40,000

Port Phillip

Recipient

Project

Grant amount

Hobsons Bay City Council

Altona Foreshore access ramp upgrade

$ 150,000

Mornington Peninsula Shire

Mornington/Mt Martha cliffside fence upgrade

$ 35,000

Merricks Beach Foreshore Reserve Committee of Management Inc.

Merricks Beach access improvement

$ 36,000

2017-18 funded projects (PDF, 251.4 KB)