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 1.5 million Sydneysiders.

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The SCCG Monthly Update

Emergency Management Health Check

Are You Ready signThe 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 for all NSW Councils to complete. Go to 

 We encourage all Councils to complete the tool prior to June 2017.



CoastAdapt Online Tool

 NCCARF is conducting a training session on the online tool for coastal adaptation: CoastAdapt. 

When: 9 May 2017, 9am-12.30pm

Where: Portside Centre, 207 Kent Street, Sydney




LGNSW Water Management Conference 2017 – Call for Presentations

The LGNSW Water Management Conference presents local government with a broad range of information on water policy, water management and issues associated with water supply and sewerage services provided by council-owned and operated local water utilities.

Councils and other stakeholders are invited to submit presentations, case studies and/or suggestions for the conference program by Friday, 21 April 2017. The 2017 conference will be held from Monday, 4 September to Wednesday, 6 September 2017. For further information Contact Sascha Moege, Senior Policy Officer on 02 9242 4045 or by email at



Council Roadside Environmental Grants
New funding of $1.46 million is being made available to councils as part of a three-year project to help councils manage roadside reserves.
The project aims to build the capacity of councils to embed the values of natural assets in roadside reserves, into their integrated planning and reporting systems. Councils can apply for up to $50,000. Newly amalgamated councils will be able to apply for up to $80,000. Grants of up to $100,000 are available for projects involving two or more councils.

For more information refer to the Refer to the Guidelines for Applicants and submit an application online. Applications close on 9 May 2017.

Floodplain Management Grants
Grant funding is available to assist local government with flood studies, flood risk management studies and plans and major projects such as flood levees, gates, warning systems and house raising and purchase in high risk areas,
under the 2017-18 Floodplain Management Program. Local councils, county councils and other government bodies with floodplain risk management responsibilities (refer to program guidelines) equivalent to those of local councils are eligible to apply.

Further information and application forms are available here: Flood plain management grants. Applications close on 27 April 2017.

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

Sydney's Salty CommunitiesProjects under the Salty Communities Program have now wrapped up, with a very successful 'Lessons from the Sydney's Salty Communities' event held on 23 February 2017 to showcase the salty projects, outputs, outcomes, achievements and lessons. Thank you to the Federal Government for funding the program and to everyone who participated in the Salty Communities Program. 

Other News

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  

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