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
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.
CLOSING SOON: Hawkesbury shelf marine bioregion assessment open for comment – due 8 May 2016
The Marine Estate Management Authority (MEMA) is undertaking an assessment on options for enhancing marine biodiversity conservation in the Hawkesbury Shelf marine bioregion while achieving balanced community outcomes, including opportunities for a wide range of recreational and commercial uses.
MEMA has developed eight suggested management initiatives to enhance marine biodiversity conservation and help reduce priority threats to:
⦁ The environmental assets of the bioregion – the estuaries and marine waters, marine animals and plants and their habitats.
⦁ The social and economic values and uses that the NSW community derive from the bioregion – for example going to the beach, diving, fishing and shipping.
The discussion paper and online submission form can be viewed 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.
Community Heritage Grants from National Library of Australia now open – closing date 9 May 2016. Grants of up to $15,000 to community organisations to assist with the preservation of locally owned, publicly accessible collections of materials with nationally important heritage significance. Find out more.
Local Government Organics Collection Systems – closing 19 May 2016. Assisting councils to implement new or enhance existing household kerbside collection services for organic waste. This includes collection systems for garden, food or combined food and garden organic waste. Learn more.
Conference Grants from The Ian Potter Foundation open 29 March – closing date 7 June. Developing knowledge and learning by supporting symposia and conferences of international standing being held in Australia. Specifically, it supports organisations to bring keynote speakers of international renown to Australia. Find out more.
Love Food Hate Waste – closing 14 June 2016. This program aims to raise awareness of food waste and provide households and businesses with simple actions they can do to reduce the amount of edible food disposed of in NSW. Grants are open to eligible Love Food Hate Waste partners such as councils, council groups, non-government organisations and community groups. Learn more.
For a full list of funding opportunities throughout the year, check out the Sydney Coastal Councils Group Funding Guide.
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