The Sydney Coastal Councils Group Inc. (SCCG) was established in 1989 to promote co-ordination between Member Councils on environmental issues relating to the sustainable management of the urban coastal environment. The Group consists of 14 Councils adjacent to Sydney marine and estuarine environments and associated waterways, and represents nearly 1.3 million Sydneysiders.
The SCCG Monthly Update
POLICY AND LAW REFORM
Federal Election 2016
The Sydney Coastal Councils Group has written to the major parties contesting the 2016 Federal Election with policy recommendations on five key coastal management issues:
Responses received to our recommendations will be disseminated to our Member Councils and other regional and national stakeholders prior to election day on 2 July. The SCCG policy recommendations document is available here.
NOW OPEN FOR COMMENT
NSW Biodiversity Conservation Reform Package open for comment – due 5pm Tue 28 June 2016
The NSW Government is proposing major changes to the regulatory environment for the management of native vegetation, wildlife and biodiversity. A new Biodiversity Conservation Bill 2016 has been proposed to replace the existing Native Vegetation Act 2003, Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995, Nature Conservation Trust Act 2001 and parts of the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974. A new Local Land Services Amendment Bill 2016 has also been proposed.
The NSW Government says that “The reforms will cut red tape, facilitate ecologically sustainable development and conserve biodiversity across NSW”.
The two draft Bills and various supporting documents are available here.
UPDATE: Coastal Management Reforms
On 13 November 2015, the NSW Government released a draft framework for coastal management for public consultation which closed on 29 February 2016. The NSW Government has now released a submissions report responding to the public submissions received to the coastal management reform process. The public consultation submissions are also available. More information available here.
Coming up in 2016 there will be public consultation on a full draft of the proposed new Coastal Management SEPP and maps of the coastal management areas.
More information on recent policy and law reforms is available in the latest edition of our quarterly newsletter, Coastal Currents.
Eco Schools Grants – closing 17 June. The Eco Schools Grant Program aims to provide environmental learning opportunities for students, teachers and the school community. Eco Schools projects provide hands-on curriculum-based environmental education focussing on strong student
participation. Read more.
Green Army Round 5 – closing 16 June 2016. Organisations can nominate for a new Green Army project that has a clear national or Indigenous heritage, or environment conservation focus and can offer participants aged 17–24 years a valuable practical experience. The Australian Government is offering information sessions in capital cities in the week beginning 26 May and a webinar on 19 May. Priority may be given to projects that provide outcomes for threatened species, including threatened ecological communities. Learn more.
Resource Recovery Facility Expansion and Enhancement Program Round 3 - closing 27 June. A partnership between the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) and the NSW Environmental Trust which aims to increase recycling of household and business waste. Grants of $100,000 to $ 1 million will be available to eligible organisations, including councils, industry and businesses who operate licensed waste management facilities in NSW. Learn more.
Shark Management Strategy Grants Program - closing 26 June. A total of $200,000 is available under the NSW DPI Shark Management Strategy
Grants Program for single year projects generally not exceeding $50,000. Open to anyone, nationally or internationally, including technology developers, researchers, organisations, educational institutions, businesses and individuals. Key areas for funding include personal shark deterrents, area-based shark deterrents, shark detection methods, shark / human interaction biology, socio-economics of shark / human interactions. Learn more.
Priority Problem Waste Program Round 2 - closing 27 June. A partnership between the NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) and the NSW Environmental Trust to fund new recycling infrastructure solutions, establish (or expand) recycled material markets, and improve and introduce new approaches to increase efficiency of recycling facilities for ‘priority problem wastes’. The focus is on plastic film and other plastics, CCA timber and other treated timbers, tyres and rubber, nappies and incontinence pads, e-waste and shredder floc. Learn more.
State Emergency Management Projects (SEMP) Program - closing 13 July. Part of the Natural Disaster Resilience Program (NDRP), a joint Commonwealth/State program funded under the two year National Partnership Agreement on Natural Disaster Resilience (NPA). For projects of state wide significance which address a capability gap(s) in emergency management. Learn
Norman Wettenhall Foundation Small Environmental Grant Scheme – August round opens 28 June. The objective of the Small Environmental Grants Scheme is to support Australian biodiversity conservation projects that are concerned with monitoring and recording data, community education, community capacity building (training), research and science and sustainable land management. Learn more.
Flying-Foxes Grants Program - closing dates 26 August 2016 (Stream 3) and 30 April 2017 (Streams 1 and 2). This $1 million program is funded through the Office of Environment and Heritage and administered by LGNSW to address flying-fox management issues affecting local councils. A combination of competitive and non-competitive funding is available. Find out more.
For a full list of funding opportunities throughout the year, check out the Sydney Coastal Councils Group Funding Guide.
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