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
What do you know about your water supply? The Australian Water Association has launched the Australian Water Survey to investigate attitudes to water use and security. The Australian Water Survey has two streams of questions: one for consumers and one for people within the water industry. Take part online at www.australianwatersurvey.com.au.
POLICY AND LAW REFORM UPDATE
NSW Biodiversity Conservation Reform Package
The Sydney Coastal Councils Group is seriously concerned by the proposed package of biodiversity legislation reforms for New South Wales. The existing legislation – the Native Vegetation Act 2003 and the Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995 - has strong principles and procedures for biodiversity protection which have been developed over time and in consultation with multiple sectors of the community. The proposed reforms constitute a severe weakening of environmental protections in this state.
The two draft Bills and various supporting documents are available here. Read the SCCG submission 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.
State Environmental Planning Policies (SEPPs) Review
The Department of Planning and Environment is progressively reviewing all SEPPs to consider their relevance and to determine whether the policies need to be retained, amended, transferred or updated. The review will be rolled out in several phases.
DPE contacted NSW councils seeking preliminary comments on twenty-seven different SEPPs by 10 June 2016. The SCCG expects to provide comment on the Statement of Intended Effect once it is released for public consultation. Read more.
Environmental Planning and Assessment Act
Key areas of the EP&A Act 1979 are currently being reviewed. The Department of Planning and Environment invites participation and feedback via videos and a survey on their website. Feedback will help shape the draft Bill, which will be released for comment later in 2016.
More information on recent policy and law reforms is available in the latest edition of our quarterly newsletter, Coastal Currents.
Coastal and Estuary Grants Program - closing 18 August. An OEH program providing technical and financial support to local government for management of the coastal zone. The objectives of the Coastal and Estuary Grants Program are to support local government in managing the risk from coastal hazards, including coastal erosion, restoring degraded coastal habitats and improving the health of NSW estuaries, wetlands and littoral rainforests. Read 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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