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 15 Councils adjacent to Sydney marine and estuarine environments and associated waterways, and represents over 1.4 million Sydneysiders.
POLICY AND LAW REFORM
Senate Inquiry into Marine Plastic Pollution
We recently made a submission to the Senate Inquiry into Marine Plastic Pollution. The Inquiry is considering current research, sources and impacts of marine plastic pollution and mitigation options. Our submission highlighted a number of immediate changes the Government can undertake to significantly reduce the volume of plastic pollution entering the marine environment. Submissions to the Inquiry closed on 10 September 2015 and it is due to report by 8 April 2016. For more information, click here.
Review of prices for Sydney Water
The Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) is reviewing Sydney Water’s prices for its water, sewerage, stormwater, trade waste and other services. IPART’s review will occur over a period of 12 months, with new prices to apply from 1 July 2016.
Sydney Water submitted its pricing proposal to IPART on 30 June 2015. IPART will release an Issues Paper on 7 September 2015. Submissions in response to Sydney Water’s pricing proposal and IPART’s Issues Paper will be accepted until 5 October 2015. Other opportunities for stakeholders to provide input to the review include participating in the Public Hearing (10 November 2015) and responding to IPART’s Draft Report and Determination (scheduled to be released in March 2016). For more information, click here.
We have prepared a submission to the review, which will be available shortly here.
Managing the wastewater system in wet weather
Sydney Water is proposing a new regulation to better manage the wastewater system in wet weather. Input is being sought from customers, councils, community and environmental groups, and scientists on improvements to the system. A series of workshops are being facilitated from June to August and individuals are invited to join an online discussion forum. Based on consultation feedback, Sydney Water will submit a proposal on the new regulation to the EPA for their approval in December this year. For more information, click here.
More information on recent policy and law reforms is available in the latest edition of our quarterly newsletter, Coastal Currents.
Sydney’s Salty Communities – Turning the Tide on Blue+Green Carbon
Sydney’s Salty Communities Supplementary Grant Round closes 7 October, documents are available on our webpage. Applicants will be notified or their proposal status in late 2015. Main Round projects are now well underway. Updates on those projects will be available in the coming months.
The Literature, Data and Practice Review is now complete. A fact sheet is available on the website which highlights gaps the study identified. The full study will be available shortly.
Another key aspect of the program is around Managing Coastal Ecological Communities in the face of rapid change. We are working closely with the CSIRO to assist Councils in incorporating this Climate Readiness into projects and strategies. A Climate Ready Tool will be available to member Councils on completion of this project. Please contact Fiona Shadbolt, Program Manager – Biodiversity Resilience, email@example.com or 9288 5974 for details. Head to the project web page for more information.
Implementing and Embedding an Emergency Management Health Check for Local Government
In July we commenced a state wide project to enhance, implement and embed the emergency management Health Check that we developed in 2013-2014. The project objectives are to:
For more information, click here.
The Local Government NSW Annual Conference is the annual policy-making event for the 152 councils of NSW, LGNSW Associate members and the NSW Aboriginal Land Councils. The 2015 Conference will be held in Sydney at Rosehill Gardens Racecourse. For more information, click here.
This Conference is being facilitated by Stormwater NSW, the International Erosion Control Association (Australasia) and Engineers Australia at Dockside, Cockle Bay, Sydney. The Conference will explore more effective ways at managing and integrating stormwater, from the concept and design, through to construction and into operation. International practitioners, academics and students across disciplines will integrate in a common forum to engage, collaborate and discuss holistic water management practices. For more information, click here.
24th Annual NSW Coastal Conference – 10-13 November 2015
The NSW Coastal Conference has been held annually for the past 23 years. The three day event is comprised of plenary sessions, concurrent sessions, field trips (addressing some of the local coastal, estuary and marine management issues), networking events and the Annual NSW Coastal Management Awards. The Conference attracts over 220 delegates each year, who are interested in or working within the field of coastal and estuary management research, education, service provision and policy.
Registrations are now open. For more information, click here.
Round 3 opens 5 October 2015. For more information, click here.
The Bjarne K Dahl Trust Small Grant Program
The Bjarne K Dahl Trust operates an annual Small Grants Program focused on the conservation of eucalypts and the education of the public in areas of conservation, propagation, cultural, and historical significance in relation to eucalypts throughout Australia. The 2015-16 Small Grants Program will open on the 12 October 2015 and close on the 30 November 2015. For more information, click here.
Ian Potter Foundation Environment and Conservation Grants
Through its Environment & Conservation program area, the Ian Potter Foundation supports urban and regional communities to live sustainably, and preserve biodiversity, in the face of challenges such as land degradation, limited water resources and climate change. Landscape-scale programs that work to protect areas of high conservation value are also a priority. EOIs for Round 1 2016 open 9 November and close 11 December 2015. For more information, click here.
NSW Coastal Conference Awards
The Annual NSW Coastal Management Awards are presented at the NSW Coastal Conference to publicly recognise and acknowledge the contributions of individuals, groups, organisations and agencies toward the ecologically sustainable management of the NSW coastal zone. Nominations close 9 October 2015. For more information, click here.
Check out the SCCG Funding Guide for grant and award opportunities.