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 15 Councils adjacent to Sydney marine and estuarine environments and associated waterways, and represents over 1.4 million Sydneysiders.

Making Waves 

The SCCG Monthly Update

MATTERS OF INTEREST

Sydney's Salty Communities Grants now available

SSCWe are now seeking applications for the main round of our Sydney's Salty Communities Grants Program. Funding is available to fill research and policy gaps, provide key resources and undertake on-ground planting, weed control and rehabilitation of remnant coastal vegetation communities and key habitats across Sydney.

Applications close 30 March 2015. Head to the project web page for more information.

Project Officer (Part-Time)– Biodiversity Resilience
Stage II - Sydney Salty Communities Project

We’re seeking a self motivated and experienced Project Officer to assist the Project Manager plan, manage, deliver, monitor and evaluate our ‘Sydney’s Salty Communities’ project.

Through research, capacity building and a grant program, Sydney’s Salty Communities will identify, prioritise and fund on-ground works to build the resilience of coastal habitats, foreshore and intertidal areas.

Your excellent administrative, communication and interpersonal skills and experience will be put to good use.

For details of the selection criteria and application process, please refer to the information package.

 Applications close at 10.00am on 27 February 2015.

What a Summer(ama) we had!

Summerama ActivitiesIt was great to spend summer with you. The 60 Summerama events run across 13 of our Member Councils in January attracted more than 5,000 participants. Activities ranged from rock pool rambles, snorkelling tours and beach safety talks to craft workshops, film screenings and guided bushwalks. We also held our annual Summerama Photo Competition, with the generous support of our prize sponsors, Sydney Sea Life Aquarium, Sydney Wild Life Zoo and Captain Cook Cruises. Check out our Facebook page for pictures and highlights of the program.

Now in its 12th year, Summerama has been successfully connecting Councils and their communities to enhance awareness of the value of Sydney’s coastline and the need to manage it sustainably. The Program is run SCCG Member Councils, with the support of our sponsors Landcare Australia and Coastcare. Visit the Summerama website for details.

 

NSW POLICY AND LAW REFORM

Public consultation on establishment of national parks

NPWSThe National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is considering opportunities to improve the establishment process for national parks. Comment is sought on the proposed directions, socio-economic considerations and community involvement in creating new national parks and reserves in NSW.

The NPWS acquires land for the establishment of new national parks through various means such as the transfer of other public land, the voluntary sale or transfer of private land, bequests and donations, or through biodiversity offsets, in order to achieve the objectives of the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974.

Submissions are invited until Sunday 12 April 2015. Click here for more information. We will be preparing a submission in consultation with Member Councils.

Climate change in Australia – new Technical Report released

Climate Change ReportThe CSIRO and the Bureau of Meteorology have released a Technical Report for researchers and decision makers on climate change in Australia. The report provides an assessment of observed climate change in Australia and its causes, and details projected future changes over the 21st century. It contains an extensive set of figures and descriptions on recent Australian climate trends, global climate change science, climate model evaluation processes, modelling methodologies and downscaling approaches. The report also includes a chapter describing how to use climate change data in impact assessment and adaptation planning.

The report provides a useful resource complementing our own projects on climate change impacts in the coastal zone, such as our award-winning project Coastal Vulnerability to Multiple Inundation Sources (COVERMAR).

For more information on the report, click here.

Upcoming NSW Election – SCCG Policy recommendations for sustainable coastal management

NSW State Election 2015The NSW State Election will be held on Saturday 28 March 2014. As with previous State and Federal elections, we have prepared a submission to political parties contesting the election identifying eight key policy priorities for coastal management in NSW over the next four years. The priorities were identified in consultation with Member Councils.

The purpose of the submission is twofold - to communicate our position in relation to the key issues identified and to elicit responses from each political party on those issues. We will ask political parties to consider the contents of this submission and provide a response two weeks ahead of the election. We will disseminate responses received to Member Councils and other local and regional stakeholders prior to the election.

A copy of our submission is available from our website.

Commonwealth Marine Reserves Review

Commonwealth Marine Reserves

The Commonwealth Government has set aside a suite of recently developed management plans for Australia’s marine reserves. The plans were to come into effect in July 2014, but instead will be replaced by a new set of plans to be prepared following the Marine Reserves Review currently underway. The Government states it is delivering on its election commitment for a ‘More Competitive and Sustainable Fisheries Sector’.  

Submissions are now being accepted on the review’s scope and terms of reference. Submissions close on 28 February 2015. An online survey will also be available shortly. More information on the review is available here. You can also subscribe to updates on the review’s progress here.

More information on recent policy and law reforms is available in the latest edition of our quarterly newsletter, Coastal Currents.

 

SCCG PROJECTS UPDATE

Emergency Risk Management: A Health Check for Local Government

Emergency Management Health Check

This project is now complete. Project outcomes were distributed to Member Councils in December and are available on the project webpage.

We have secured funding (NSW National Disaster Mitigation Program) to undertake the second stage of this project - Implementing and Embedding an Emergency Management Health Check for Local Government. This stage will enhance usability of the Health Check tool, and support Councils’ emergency management planning across relevant functional areas by developing training and good practice guidance materials and resources. 

Sydney’s Salty Communities – Turning the Tide on Blue+Green Carbon

Sydney's Salty Communities

Grant applications are now open. Funding is available to fill research and policy gaps, provide key resources and undertake on-ground planting, weed control and rehabilitation of remnant coastal vegetation communities and key habitats across Sydney. Applications close 30 March 2015. Head to the project web page for more information. 

A community of practice is being developed via the Working Group, to develop best practice projects to improve landscape resilience to climate change. The Coastal Biodiversity Literature, Data and Practice Review is now underway and is due for completion in March.
 
An Expert Reference Group has also been formed. This group will provide specialist technical input, guide research and evaluate projects under the devolved grants program. Group members have expertise in Sydney’s coastal ecosystems, ecological restoration, urban biodiversity and organisational capacity-building.
 

GRANT OPPORTUNITIES

Environmental Research Grants

The Environmental Research Grants program is administered by the NSW Environmental Trust and aims to: 

  • generate new knowledge or information to facilitate local solutions to environmental problems
  • discover new methods of operation for NSW industries that are less harmful to the environment
  • provide knowledge about general environmental problems
  • assess environmental degradation.

The next round of grants is expected to open for application in January 2015. Click here for details.

Private Land Conservation Grants NSW

The Private Land Conservation Grant Program is funded by the Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife and its partner organisations. It provides small grants to support landowners who have a conservation protection mechanism on their land, and for education and training in conservation. Applications open 2 February 2015 and close 20 March 2015. Click here for details.
 

Check out the SCCG Funding Guide for grant opportunities.

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