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 before the end of August.


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 the coasts 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: Coastal Snap

Check out this
fun 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, and providing a record of
beach erosion, recovery cycles and long-term trends. For more information click

Summerama Internship Opportunity

Sydney Coastal Councils is offering an
awesome opportunity to assist with this summer’s Summerama Event!  Summerama is an annual summer activities
program run through the month of January by Member Councils of the Sydney
Coastal Councils Group. The program provides a platform for the community to
enjoy, learn about and interact with Sydney’s coastline and harbour through
family-oriented, educational activities. If you have a passion for the coast
and experience with communications and assisting with events, please email




NSW Coastal Conference 9-11 November – Port Stephens

Every year SCCG attends the NSW
Coastal Conference
in Port Stephens, joining 250 delegates from
throughout the coastal industry.   The Conference covers all aspects of 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.  Early registration for the NSW Coastal
Conference closes Friday 22nd September.  Further information is available at

Don’t miss your
opportunity to submit for a NSW Coastal Management Award

The Annual NSW Coastal Management Awards are
presented to publicly recognise and acknowledge the contributions of
individuals, groups, organisations and agencies toward the ecologically
sustainable management of the NSW coastal zone. Download Award Information &
close Friday 6th October 2017


33rd NSW Environment Education
Conference: Make the Change

AAEE NSW and the Lane Cove Green School's Network invites all
environmental educators from schools, government, community and business to
come together at this year's conference on the beautiful Lane Cove River in
Sydney.  The conference is held from the
27-29th September in Lane Cove, NSW. 
For more information click here.


National Biodiversity Month

Biodiversity Month is held in September each year and aims to
promote the importance of protecting, conserving and improving biodiversity
both within Australia and across the world. 
Click here to find out what you can do to protect
Australia’s unique biodiversity!


National Threatened Species Day

National Threatened Species Day is held across NSW on 7 September
to raise awareness of plants and animals at risk of extinction.  Threatened Species Day is when we turn the
spotlight on native plants, animals, and ecosystems that are under threat and
reflect on how we can protect them into the future.  Events are held throughout NSW on the day and
more information on events and what you can do to help our threatened species
is available here.


Seaweek 4-10 September

Seaweek is Australia's major national public awareness campaign
to focus community awareness, provide information and encourage an appreciation
of the sea. Seaweek gives us a fantastic opportunity to promote
educational issues of relevance to the marine environment.  For more information or so get involved visit
the Seaweek website
or Facebook page.


National Landcare Week, Conference
and Awards

Running from 5–11 September, this week is a
time for all Australians to acknowledge and reflect on the great work being
carried out by over a hundred thousand volunteers who give up their valuable
time to care for this great country we call home.  The theme of this year’s National Landcare
Week ties in with the theme of the National Landcare Conference and Awards
(held in Melbourne from 21 – 23 September), which is Collaborative Communities
– Landcare in Action.  More information
available here.



Coastal and Estuary Planning

The Coastal
and Estuary Grants Program application for financial assistance 2016–17 is now
open for applications at any time up until 30 September 2017.  As part of the coastal reforms a funding
package of $83.6 million was announced for Coastal Management from 2016-17 to
2020-21, and the Coastal and Estuary Grants Program is part of this package.

The NSW Government's Coastal and Estuary Grants Program provides
technical and financial support to local government to assist in managing the
coastal zone. The program's objectives are to support local government in
managing the risks from coastal hazards, such as coastal erosion; restoring
degraded coastal habitats; and improving the health of NSW estuaries, wetlands
and littoral rainforests.  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
of any kind. Through these projects, we also aim to improve the capacity of
communities and organisations to protect, restore and enhance the
environment.  More information available here.

Please see our funding guide here for a comprehensive list of funding
opportunities throughout the year.

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