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 15 Councils adjacent to Sydney marine and estuarine environments and associated waterways, and represents over 1.4 million Sydneysiders.

Making Waves 


Great News for Sydney's Salty Communities
2 February 2016 

Sydney’s vital coastal ecological communities have received some welcome extra support with the award of a supplementary round of grants from Sydney Coastal Councils Group, under their Salty Communities Program.

The Salty Program supports the restoration and management of these ecological communities through funding from the Australian Government. This round funded over $300,000 worth of grants for projects valuing over $700,000.

Photo: Flume testing for the Living Shorelines Project (c) F. Shadbolt.

Successful projects in the Supplementary Round include:
•    biocontrol of tenacious water weed Salvinia In Warriewood Wetlands
•    lagoon restoration in Dee Why
•    restoration of littoral rainforest on the Bicentennial Coastal Walkway, Fisher Bay, Manly
•    a collaboration with the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney University and local Councils to monitor tree hollow use as habitats by birds and other native fauna
•    improvement works involving a wildlife corridor in Curl Curl
•    a project spanning across 22 local government areas led by the Southern Sydney Region of Councils focusing on connecting biodiversity corridors.

Dr Richard Major, Principal Research Scientist at the Australian Museum and a member of the Expert Assessment Panel for the grants said: “As well as enhancing local flora and fauna, the funded projects create collaborations across administrative boundaries, responding to regional biodiversity issues.  These collaborations involve communities, land managers and scientific institutions, ensuring that the on-ground actions have a strong scientific basis.”
Supplementary Grant Recipients include: Manly Council, Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust, Southern Sydney Region of Councils, Warringah Council and Pittwater Council.

For a full list of successful projects visit the program website.                    


The SCCG Monthly Update


Update on Stage 2 Coastal Reforms: open for comment

The NSW Government has released a set of documents describing the proposed coastal management reforms for public consultation. Learn more and have your say before 29 February 2016.

The following documents have been prepared to assist the public to understand the intent and components of the proposed arrangements, and provide answers to key questions:
1.    Our future on the coast: overview of the coastal management reforms (PDF 1.9MB)
2.    Frequently Asked Questions

Key Elements of the Coastal Reforms:

  1. The Bill: draft Coastal Management Bill
  2. Coastal Management SEPP: An Explanation of Intended
    Effect for  the  proposed new Coastal Management State Environmental
    Planning Policy (SEPP)
  3. Coastal Management Manual:
    i)    An introduction to the coastal management manual
    ii)   Parts of the Draft Manual including sections currently for comment  draft coastal management manual

Part A - Mandatory requirements and essential elements of a CMP Part A

 Part B - Process for preparing a CMP

  • Stage 2 - Detailed studies of vulnerabilities and opportunities - to be   released in December 2015
  • Stage 3 - Response identification and evaluation - to be released in December 2015
  • Stage 4 - Preparing, exhibiting, finalising, certifying and adopting a CMP
  • Stage 5 - Implementation, monitoring, evaluating and reporting

Part C - Coastal management toolkit

The coastal management toolkit components out for consultation at this stage include:

To receive updates as new information becomes available, register your interest by emailing


 NSW container deposit scheme: open for comment

The NSW Government has announced plans to implement a container deposit scheme (CDS) in July 2017 to reduce litter and improve recycling. A discussion paper on the CDS containing some key discussion questions is now available for public comment. Learn more, read the discussion paper and have your say before 26 February 2016.

More information on recent policy and law reforms is available in the latest edition of our quarterly newsletter, Coastal Currents.



Expressions of Interest for Innovative Recycling Projects now open – closing 29 February 2016. The NSW Government is looking for clever ideas to inform an upcoming innovation grant program providing up to $1 million (1:1 matched funding) for recycling projects. Informal expressions of interest are sought for projects to recover valuable resources from ‘problem’ wastes, including everyday items such as used tyres, rubber, computers, TVs, scrap metal residuals, soft plastics, treated timber and sanitary products. Find out more.

The Norman Wettenhall Foundation Small Environmental Grant Scheme February 2016 round is currently open. The Small Environmental Grant Scheme’s objective is to support Australian biodiversity conservation projects concerned with monitoring and recording data, community education, community capacity building, research and science. Check eligibility requirements and find out more.

Floodplain Management Grants from the Office of Environment & Heritage now open – closing 17 March 2016. The Floodplain Management Program provides financial support to councils and eligible public land managers for the development of floodplain risk management plans (and associated background studies) and the provision of essential information to the State Emergency Service to enable the effective preparation and implementation of local flood plans to deal with flood emergency response. Learn more.

For a full list of funding opportunities throughout the year, check out the Sydney Coastal Councils Group Funding Guide – updated 2016 edition coming soon.


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

Sydney's Salty CommunitiesWe have finalised contracts for the supplementary round of the Salty grants.  Information on these will be available on the webpage shortly.

The CSIRO Climate Ready Tool will soon be available to our member Councils and working group members in the New Year. The tool will assist land managers preparing to adapt for climate change.

The Literature, Data and Practice Review is now complete and has been distributed.  The fact sheet is available on our webpage.

Stories and data are starting to come in from the main round.  Keep an eye on the project webpage for all the latest news.

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