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

Get The Site Right Campaign

The Sydney Coastal Councils Group is partnering with the Parramatta River Catchment Group, Cooks River Alliance, Georges River Combined Councils Committee, and the EPA and Department of Environment and Planning on the Get the Site Right Campaign. Over 20 local councils across our combined regions will be out in force throughout November 2017 raising awareness and ensuring compliance of building sites with sediment and erosion controls. Sediment run-off from building sites enters the drains and flows to our creeks, rivers and harbour impacting on water quality, and aquatic plants and animals. Adequate sediment and erosion controls need to be put in place by developers, builders and DIY renovators to prevent sediment runoff.

Emergency Management Health Check

Are You Ready signSCCG, 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.

SCCG presented the Health Check Tool at both the Local Government Internal Auditors Conference and the NSW Coastal Conference on 9th and 10th November respectively.


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



Whale Festival - Sunday 11 November

Celebrate the annual Gawura (Eora word for whale) migration season with a day of interpretive stories and dance inspired by a series of distinctive engravings, carved thousands of years ago into the Vaucluse landscape.  The engravings tell a story of Aboriginal connection to country and the whale migration signifies revitalisation and birth of a new generation. 
Sydney Living Museums’ annual Whale Festival invites visitors on a journey of interpretation to help understand this story. Further information available here.

World Fisheries Day - 21 November

World Fisheries Day was established to draw attention to overfishing, habitat destruction and other serious threats to the sustainability of our marine and freshwater resources. World Fisheries Day is a day dedicated to highlighting the critical importance to human lives, of the sea around us and the lives it sustains, both in and out of water.  Read more here.

Next month: Manly Ocean Care Day Festival - 3 December

Join the fun and help  ‘Keep our Sea Plastic Free’ with over 45 plus ocean eco exhibitors, artists, musicians, guest speakers spreading the message of positive change for the marine environment.  Located at Manly Beachfront, more information here.


Restoration & Rehabilitation grants 

This program is due to open in November and aims to achieve long-term beneficial outcomes for the NSW environment. There are two separate streams; Community and government, state & local.  For more information visit

Conservation Project Grants
Grants area available for field projects and education programs that have a direct outcome for nature conservation. For further details visit their page.

The Ian Potter Foundation Conference grants - EOI open 6 Nov - 8 Dec

The Ian Potter Foundation’s Conference program supports the exchange and dissemination of ideas and knowledge across a global stage. The Conference program assists organisations to bring keynote speakers of international renown to Australia. The speakers impart their knowledge to inspire new thinking and foster learning.  More information here.

NSW Heritage Grants – closing
5pm Wednesday 29 November

The NSW Heritage Grants offers a range of programs including; Aboriginal Heritage Places Program, CommunityYouth and Seniors Heritage Grants, Local Government Heritage Advisors, Local Government Heritage Planning Studies and State heritage emergency works program.  More information available here.

Wettenhall Environment Trust Small Environment Grants Scheme – reopens
12 December

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

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