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.
MATTERS OF INTEREST
Upcoming Project Launch: Storm Surge and Tsunamis – Exposure, Vulnerability and Cost - 27 February 2014
Places are limited. Register online here by 20 February 2014.
Have you ever considered the threat of storm surge and tsunamis along our coastline? Do you know how a fibro house will fare compared to say a two-storey brick one? What about a terrace compared to a factory?
Our project, Coastal Vulnerability to Multiple Inundation Sources (COVERMAR), helps answer such questions. It is Sydney’s first probabilistic multi-hazard assessment of the vulnerability of critical infrastructure and different building types. The project is now complete and we are delighted to invite you to the launch of the deliverables.
Attendees will learn about exposure, vulnerability and the economic cost of storm surge and tsunamis from presentations given by leading experts and practitioners in the field, followed by a participatory panel discussion to further engage and build capacity.
Another successful Summerama
Summerama 2014 was a great success, with more than 60 events attracting over 1,800 participants across 13 Member Councils. Activities ranged from rock pool rambles, snorkelling tours and beach safety talks to craft workshops, film screenings and guided bushwalks. Check out our Facebook page for pictures and highlights of the program.
Draft Planning Circular on Coastal Hazards
On 30 January 2014, the NSW Government released a draft Planning Circular on coastal hazard notations. The Circular proposes to change the way councils disclose coastal hazard information on planning certificates by distinguishing between current and future threats.
The draft Planning Circular is on exhibition for public comment until 3 March 2014. SCCG will be making a submission based on consultation with our Member Councils. Further information on the Circular is available here.
Marine Estate Community Survey
The Marine Estate Management Authority is conducting a survey to capture community views about the NSW marine estate and its future management at local, regional and State scales. The survey will be targeted to stakeholder and focus groups plus randomised samples of NSW community residents for their views.
The public may submit their views on the future management of the marine estate by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) but these views will not be included in the survey results. More information is available here.
The NSW Government has released the Final Report of the Independent Local Government Review Panel, entitled ‘Revitalising Local Government’. The Report contains 65 recommendations under 12 key themes, focusing on long term sustainability, strategic capacity, fiscal reforms, revenue and funding, structural and governance reforms, and improved relations between local and state governments. The release of the Report concludes the Panel’s four-stage review process, which commenced in July 2012. Local councils have until 7 March 2014 to respond to the Report. Further information is available here.
Sydney’s Salty Communities – Turning the Tide on Blue-Green Carbon
All 15 of the SCCG’s Member Councils have expressed interest in our new Biodiversity Fund project, Sydney’s Salty Communities. The inaugural meeting of the project Working Group is set for 20 February. Forming the core of the project’s ‘community of practice’, the group will work collaboratively to develop research, policy, capacity-building and on-ground activities for funding via the project’s devolved grants program.
For more information click here.
Coastal & Estuary Management Grants – OEH
Under the Coastal & Estuary Management Programs, the NSW Government provides management grants to support local government in managing the risks from coastal hazards, restoring degraded coastal habitats and improving estuary health. Applications for the 2014-15 Coastal & Estuary Management grants programs close on Thursday 13 March 2014. Click here for more information.
The Hermon Slade Foundation – Research grants
The Hermon Slade Foundation aims to ‘advance and enhance the progress and harmony of mankind with the Earth through the study and application of Natural Sciences’. Typically the Foundation provides grants for research projects in the biological or biophysical sciences of up to $30,000 per year for up to three years. Applications close on 7 March 2014. Click here for more information.
Foundation for National Parks and Wildlife - Private Land Conservation Grants NSW
Applications for grants of up to $5,000 through the Private Land Conservation Grant Program are now open. The program provides small grants to support landowners who have a conservation protection mechanism on their land, and for education and training in conservation. Applications close on 7 April 2014. Click here for more information.