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 1.3 million Sydneysiders.

Making Waves 

The SCCG Monthly Update


Summer is in full swing, and January 2017 will be a fun-filled month of Summerama coastal activities such as walks, kayaking, snorkelling, rockpool rambles, beach safety demonstrations, and kids activities - there is something for everyone!

Check out the full range of activities on offer this January at

Emergency Management Health Check

Are You Ready signThe Sydney Coastal Councils Group (SCCG) is undertaking Phase 2: Development and implementation of an Emergency Management Health Check Tool for local government supported by the Office of Emergency Management (SEMP) grant.

As part of this process, we engaged consulting firm Janellis to develop a functional online health check tool and resource package for councils, and facilitate a series of regional Emergency Management Stakeholder Workshops for councils and relevant State Agencies across NSW. Workshops were held in Sydney, Western Sydney, Newcastle, Ballina, Dubbo and Ulladulla.

The Emergency Management Health Check will allow councils, Local Emergency Management Committees, regions and government representatives to identify areas for improvement in Council’s resilience and readiness capability; build a case for funding to address emergency management needs; ensure integration between local emergency planning, risk management and IP&R; and provide a platform to identify best practice emergency management and share lessons across NSW.

The Health Check Tool and online resource kit will be available to Councils from mid January 2017.


UPDATE: Coastal Management Reforms

On Friday 11 November the Hon. Minister Rob Stokes MP released the Draft Coastal Management
SEPP and its accompanying maps
Press release).
Sydney Morning Herald article here

The draft Coastal Management State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP) and its accompanying maps of the coastal management areas are currently on exhibition for feedback. Accompanying it is a Ministerial Direction which provides local councils with guidance on planning proposals to rezone land in the coastal zone.

The SCCG Coastal Reforms Advisory committee is currently finalising their submissio on behalf of member councils. Submissions close 20 January 2017  have a say.


District Plans - Greater Sydney Commission

On Monday 21 November 2016, the Greater Sydney Commission released draft documents for the six districts identified for greater sydney, including the West, South West, West Central, Central, North and South. A document entitled 'A Draft Amendment to Update A Plan For Growing Sydney' was also released for public comment. The consultation period is open until March 2017.

For more information on each district and/or to make a submission click here.


15 Peak Professional
Environment and Academic Groups Release Environmental Vision for Sydney

The Greater Sydney Commission (GSC) Environment Panel comprising peak community, professional and academic organisations (including the SCCG)
with an interest in a sustainable and liveable city has released their independent Advisory Paper. These peak groups 
have banded together to
produce an 
environmental vision as part of the Greater Sydney Commission (GSC) planning processes.  


The advisory paper addresses 15 key environmental features from waterways to climate change to energy efficiency and local character. The Paper aims to provide a key document to assist in benchmarking the draft District Plans,
which will guide the future sustainable development and environmental
management of Sydney. It provides strategic information and advice about the
key environmental issues which Sydney faces, recognising the diversity of social and economic values associated with these issues, and provides suggested metrics by which to assess and review their outcomes over time.



Flying-Foxes Grants Program - closing date 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.


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

Sydney's Salty CommunitiesProjects under the Salty Communities Program are currently wrapping up. Our special projects focus on capacity building, planning for climate change impacts on saltmarsh and mangroves, backyard habitat programs and blue-green carbon.
We will be hosting a Salty event on 23 February 2017 to showcase the salty projects, outputs, outcomes, achievements and lessons. Keep an eye on the program webpage for all the latest news.

Wishing you a happy and productive 2017!


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