Member Councils and their AreasThe 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.

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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.



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.

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.

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.

For a full list of funding opportunities throughout the year, check out the Sydney Coastal Councils Group Funding Guide.


Sydney’s Salty Communities – Turning the Tide on Blue+Green Carbon

Sydney's Salty CommunitiesSupplementary projects are now well underway and main round projects are nearing conclusion. We will have full data on these in July. The Expert Reference Group and Working Group are working on a few special projects to ensure the program is effective in all its goals. Keep an eye on the program webpage for all the latest news.


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