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 11 Councils adjacent to Sydney marine and estuarine environments and associated waterways, and represents nearly 1.3 million Sydneysiders.
The SCCG Monthly Update
The annual Summerama Program was rolled out in January 2017 with a full program again this year. Eight of the eleven SCCG Member Councils participated in Summerama hosting fun action packed activities including walks, talks, rockpool rambles, snorkelling, kayaking, boat tours, wetland tours, arts and crafts, and coastal activity days.
The SCCG worked in partnership with the Walking Coastal Sydney Volunteers to host coastal walks, and formed a partnership with the GSLLS (Chinese aquatic champions) and the DPI Fishcare volunteers to coordinate a Reef walk at Long Reef Aquatic Reserve for the Chinese speaking community. SCCG also supported the Australian Marine Conservation Society promoting their event ‘A Celebration of Sanctuaries’ at Manly.
Thank you to all participating Councils involved in the Summerama program throughout January, and to all those that participated in Summerama activities – we hope you had a great time and enjoyed spending time experiencing the coast!
Emergency Management Health Check
The Sydney Coastal Councils Group (SCCG) has finalised Phase 2: Development and implementation of an Emergency Management Health Check Tool for local government supported by the Office of Emergency Management (SEMP) grant.
SCCG engaged consultants Janellis to deliver
on the primary aspects of the project including the development of a functional, user friendly online Emergency Management Health Check Tool, a user guide and a resource toolkit. Six stakeholder engagement workshops were held across NSW between September and November.
A Guide to the Health Check Tool and various templates and resources can now be accessed from the Resource Toolkit on the dedicated website.
The Health Check Tool is now open and can be completed by all NSW Councils. The tool can be accessed from the website.
We encourage all Councils to complete the tool prior to June 2017.
POLICY AND LAW REFORM UPDATE
UPDATE: Coastal Management Reforms
The SCCG prepared a submission on the draft Coastal Management State Environmental Planning Policy and associated materials. This document was submitted on 20 January 2017, and can be viewed here.
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 31st March 2017.
For more information on each district and/or to make a submission click here.
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.
Sydney’s Salty Communities – Turning the Tide on Blue+Green Carbon
World Harbour Project
The World Harbour Project is conducting research into public perceptions around the use of marine ecological engineering strategies in Sydney Harbour. Ecological engineering is the practice of combining engineering and ecology to minimise the ecological impacts of man-made structures including jetties, wharves, seawalls, groynes and aquaculture facilities on the natural environment, and to enhance the opportunities for increasing ecological habitat value.
To better understand your thoughts on this topic, a 10-minute survey has been created for you to complete. The survey is open from February to April 2017 and can be accessed at www.worldharbourproject.org/harbour-survey/.
Draft Statewide Threat and Risk Assessment for the NSW Marine Estate
The Marine Estate Management Authority (MEMA) has undertaken the first ever statewide threat and risk assessment (TARA) for the NSW marine estate.
The draft statewide TARA identifies priority threats at the statewide and region scales for estuaries, coastal and marine waters, as well as to social and economic benefits.
The final statewide TARA will inform the NSW Government’s management directions for the NSW marine estate over the next ten years through the Marine Estate Management Strategy.
The draft report, background reports and other supporting material, including three videos are available at www.marine.nsw.gov.au.
An interactive TARA tool is also available to help people navigate, interrogate and provide feedback on the TARA.
The draft statewide TARA report is now on exhibition. Submissions close 31 March 2017.