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.

Making Waves 

The SCCG Monthly Update

Emergency Management Health Check

Are You Ready signThe Sydney Coastal Councils Group (SCCG), supported by the Office of Emergency Management (SEMP) grant, engaged Janellis to develop an online Emergency Management Health Check Tool for NSW Councils.

The Health Check Tool, as well as various templates and resources can be accessed from the Resource Toolkit at 

So far 40 NSW Councils have requested access to the tool. All NSW Councils are encouraged to complete the tool.


The National Climate Change
Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF) has launched CoastAdapt. Check out the
latest climate change information, case studies, resources and tools. To view a webinar on the CoastAdapt Tool click here.

Paper: Research questions to inform policy and the management of sandy

A new academic paper released with contributions from the SCCG provides insight into the goals, pressures, knowledge gaps and judgment that inform policy and management-oriented
research questions when dealing with management of sandy beaches. The first step in generating knowledge critical to effective beach ecosystem management is developing
research questions that capture components including natural condition;protecting ecosystem health; conservation of biodiversity; sustaining ecosystem goods and services; and climate change.  The full article is available through ScienceDirect.

Citizen Science: CoastSnap

Check out this citizen science partnership between the Office of Environment and Heritage,
UNSW Water Research Laboratory and Northern Beaches Council. Community beach monitoring photo-point fixtures have been established at Manly Beach and North Narrabeen Beach.  Community members can become citizen scientists by using the photo-point fixtures to capture a photo of the beach and shoreline. These photos are collected and stored in the CoastSnap community
beach monitoring database, and are processed into time-lapse images capturing the shoreline position and beach width over time, providing a record of beach erosion, recovery cycles and long-term trends. For more information click


Beyond Plastic Pollution - Pathways to Cleaner Oceans Conference

The conference will involve an international audience comprising business and industry; the academic and scientific community; local, state, federal and regional Australasian governments; and the community not-for-profit sector, in Australia’s first conference to address the urgent issue of eliminating marine plastic pollution from the waste stream. 

When & Where: Monday 30 October - Wednesday 1st November 2017, Cockle Bay Wharf, Darling Harbour

The Conference Program can be accessed here.  To register click here.

NSW Coastal Conference 8-10 November – Port Stephens

This year the NSW Coastal Conference will be held in Port Stephens. The Conference covers all aspects of coastal, estuarine and marine management, science and research, and education, planning, policy and law; and includes representatives from government, the private sector and community groups and the interested public.  Further information is available at

Flying-fox Forum 25 - 26 October 2017

The Second National Flying-fox Forum will be held at Club York, York Street, Sydney on Wednesday 25th October. The forum follows on from the successful event held in 2016 that brought together over 75 dedicated individuals from all levels of government, non-government organisations, consultancies and community groups to explore the issues of flying-fox management and conservation.  To register for the National forum, or for more information, click here.

The NSW Local Government Flying-Fox Forum will be held the following day Thursday 26 October 2017.  The Local Government Forum will be a chance for council staff to share experiences and identify further opportunities for managing Flying-fox issues.  Registration for the local Government Flying-fox Forum is now open.  Click here to register.

National Water Week 15 - 21 October 2017

Each October, National Water Week makes a splash right across Australia, inspiring individuals, communities and organisations to work together to build community awareness and understanding around water related topics and challenges.

National Water Week provides an opportunity to remind ourselves and teach others that access to clean water is important to every aspect of our lives, and we must do our utmost to protect our water environments and resources, use water wisely and respect its importance in our societies. This year's National Water Week theme is ‘Water – the Heart of our Culture’. For more information on events and how to get involved click here.

Sculpture by the sea

Sculpture by the sea, the largest free public sculpture exhibition in the world, kicks off on 19 October.  Sculpture by the sea is a great opportunity to get outdoors and enjoy Sydney’s beautiful coastline.  Staged on the spectacular Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk, Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi is one of Sydney’s most popular events. More information is available here.


NSW Heritage Grants Office of Environment & Heritage 

A range of programs are on offer through the NSW Heritage Grants Office; including the Aboriginal Heritage Places Program;Community Youth and Seniors Heritage; Local Government Heritage Planning Studies and State heritage emergency works program (open continuously subject to available funding).

More information available here.

Wettenhall Environment Trust Small Environment Grants Scheme 

The Small Environmental Grant Scheme will
provide support for groups or individuals undertaking projects that will make a positive difference to the natural living environment, in land, sea or air, rural or urban. Currently, the Foundation are looking for projects around flora and fauna conservation, threatened mammal conservation, and landscape restoration and education.  More information available here.

Environmental Restoration and Rehabilitation Grants
NSW Environmental Trust

The aim of the Restoration and Rehabilitation program is to facilitate projects run by community organisations and government entities working to prevent or reduce environmental degradation. More information available here.


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