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 11 Councils adjacent to Sydney marine and estuarine environments and associated waterways, and represents nearly 1.5 million Sydneysiders.

Making Waves 

The SCCG Monthly Update

Happy Holidays from SCCG!

The Sydney Coastal Councils Group would like to wish the community a safe and happy holiday period.  We will be back in 2018 serving our council members and their communities, and continuing to care for our coastal and estuarine environment.

SCCG A Winner!

At the NSW Coastal Conference Dinner held on 9 November,  SCCG was announced as the winner of the NSW Coastal  Award for Innovation, for the Sydney Salty Communities  Program.

We thank the Federal Government for funding the program; our dedicated SCCG staff who worked tirelessly to see the program to fruition; and our councils and project partners for exceeding project achievements and ensuring the Salty Communities Program was a success.


Coming soon - Summerama!

Summerama is back in January 2018 with even more fun activities planned for Sydney's Coast!  For information on fun filled activities happening in your local or neighbouring area go to our Summerama page.

Get The Site Right Campaign

The Sydney Coastal Councils Group partnered with the Parramatta River Catchment Group, Cooks River Alliance, Georges River Combined Councils Committee, and the EPA and Department of Environment and Planning on the Get the Site Right Campaign during November 2017. Over 20 local councils across our combined regions were out in force throughout November raising awareness and ensuring compliance of building sites with sediment and erosion controls. Sediment run-off from building sites enters the drains and flows to our creeks, rivers and harbour impacting on water quality, and aquatic plants and animals. Adequate sediment and erosion controls need to be put in place by developers, builders and DIY renovators to prevent sediment runoff.

Emergency Management Health Check

Are You Ready signSCCG, supported by the Office of Emergency Management (SEMP) grant, engaged Janellis to develop an online Emergency Management Health Check Tool for NSW Councils.

The Health Check Tool, as well as various templates and resources can be accessed from the Resource Toolkit at 

SCCG presented the Health Check Tool at both the Local Government Internal Auditors Conference and the NSW Coastal Conference on 9th and 10th November respectively.

Community Understanding of  Coastal Erosion

UNSW in partnership with SCCG, and Surf Life Saving NSW are currently undertaking a project to gather information from stakeholders and the community on what they know about the coast in terms of climate change, inundation and erosion. A survey has been developed for coastal and environmental managers, consultants, academics, and those working directly on the coast. To complete the survey click here.

Coastal Node Teacher Resource

The Coastal Processes and Responses Node has published a Teacher resource guide on Coastal Management, targeting years 7-10 students. The guide can be downloaded as a pdf or viewed online as an ebook.


The National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF) has launched CoastAdapt. Check out the latest climate change information, case studies, resources and tools. To view a webinar on the CoastAdapt Tool click here.

Citizen Science: CoastSnap

Check out this citizen science partnership between the Office of Environment and Heritage,
UNSW Water Research Laboratory and Northern Beaches Council. Community beach monitoring photo-point fixtures have been established at Manly Beach and North Narrabeen Beach.  Community members can become citizen scientists by using the photo-point fixtures to capture a photo of the beach and shoreline. These photos are collected and stored in the CoastSnap community
beach monitoring database, and are processed into time-lapse images capturing the shoreline position and beach width over time, providing a record of beach erosion, recovery cycles and long-term trends. For more information click


Environmental Restoration & Rehabilitation Grants 

This program is due to open in November and aims to achieve long-term beneficial outcomes for the NSW environment. There are two separate streams; Community and government, state & local.  For more information visit

Conservation Project Grants

Grants area available for field projects and education programs that have a direct outcome for nature conservation. For further details visit their page.

NSW Coastal and Estuary Grants

This grants program provides funding to councils to assist in managing coastal risks and hazards, restoring degraded coastal habitats and improving the health of NSw estuaries, wetlands and littoral rainforests. There are three funding streams including:

* The Planning Stream - closes on 30 June 2018

* The Implementation Stream - closes on 30 January 2018

* Hotspots - open coast hazards - closes 30 January 2018

For more information or to download guidelines and application forms click here

Wettenhall Environment Trust Small Environment Grants Scheme – reopens 12 December

The Small Environmental Grant Scheme suppors groups or individuals undertaking projects that will make a positive difference to the natural environment. Currently, the Foundation are looking for projects around flora and fauna conservation, threatened mammal conservation, and landscape restoration and education.  More information available here.

NSW Flying-Fox Grants Program

Two grant streams are open to local councils, county councils and regional organisations of councils under this grants program to prepare and implement flying-fox camp management plans.

Stream 1: Implementing emergency flying-fox camp management measures (max. $50,000) - closes 27 April 2018

Stream 2: Preparing flying-fox camp management plans (max $15,000) - closes 2 February 2018

For more information click here.

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