Biodiversity Month – September

Biodiversity Month is held in September every year to highlight the importance of protecting, conserving and restoring biodiversity.

Celebrate Biodiversity Month this coming September! Why not visit a natural area, whether it be a local bushland reserve, national park, waterway or coastal area to appreciate the plants, animals and habitat they live in; or create habitat in your own backyard to encourage native birds, butterflies and other native wildlife.

Click here to watch the Biodiversity Month Video.


Constructing and Managing Wetlands, Bioretention Basins and Floating Rafts

This two-day workshop to be held on 24-25th October 2019, will focus on practical operations of tools and emerging technologies in knowing water plants, managing habitats and monitoring wetlands. The workshop will highlight lessons learnt from successful management and monitoring by using  practical tools.

Participants will learn:
• Rapid identification of water plants and weeds
• Design, construction and management of constructed wetlands
• Concepts of assessing and monitoring wetlands
• Emerging technologies and best practices in assessment and monitoring
• An appreciation for the resources involved

The workshop cost is $700 or $600 for the early bird rate if you register by 23 August 2019.

To register or for more information click here.


Marine and Coastal Education Survey

NSW DPI have contracted Deakin University to conduct a survey to gather examples of successful and innovative marine and coastal education programs from around the world. The survey is the final stage in a Marine Estate Education Strategy for NSW.  Marine and coastal educators are encouraged to fill in the survey.

To complete the survey click here.

MyCoast NSW Study

The MyCoast NSW Study was undertaken by UNSW in partnership with the Sydney Coastal Councils Group and NSW Surf Life Saving, and funded through the joint State and Commonwealth Natural Disaster Resilience Program.

The MyCoast NSW Study explores what the New South Wales community understands about coastal erosion and coastal inundation, as well as the driving forces behind these hazards: sea level rise and severe coastal storms.

The Final Study Report, Factsheets and a Teachers Guide can be accessed from the SCCG Resources page.

OEH – Urban Heat and Green Cover Dataset

OEH has published datasets that map urban heat and green cover to street level across Greater Metropolitan Sydney.

Local Councils can now access the datasets on the NSW Government SEED Portal.

Increasing Resilience to Climate Change Grants Program

The second round of funding for the ‘Increasing Resilience to Climate Change’ grants program has opened on 1st July 2019.

A total of $1,162,000 grant funding is available for Round 2. Grants between $30,000 to $120,000 are available to individual councils, whilst grants between $50,000 to $300,000 are available for regional projects to coordinate adaptation projects across a number of councils.

Applications for Round 2 close midnight 1 September 2019.

A webinar is being held on Wednesday 24 July, 2-3pm, to provide an overview of the IRCC grant program.

For further information click here.

Data Collection on Flying-Fox Heat Stress

Data is being collected to better understand the impacts of heat-stress on flying-fox species and to build a repository of flying-fox heat stress events.  If you have information on a local flying-fox camp that has been affected by heat-stress (past or present) please complete the Flying-fox heat stress data form developed by Western Sydney University, Melbourne University, CSIRO and Australian Bureau of Meteorology.

Aboriginal Land Clean Up and Prevention Program

This is an illegal dumping grant program managed by the NSW EPA. Individual grants of $10,000 to $75,000 are eligible for NSW Local Aboriginal Land Councils as well as local councils, government agencies, non government organisations working in partnership with a Local Aboriginal Land Council.

The program is open until 30 September 2019, or until funds are exhausted which ever occurs first.

For more information click here.

2017-18 State of the Beaches Report

The annual State of the Beaches Report 2017/18 has been released by Beachwatch. The State of the Beaches reports on water quality of swimming locations within ocean and harbour beaches across NSW.

According to the NSW News published on 19 October, 85% of the state’s swimming sites have been rated as good or very good for the first time since 2010.

The NSW News provides a summary from the report as follows:

  • 90 per cent of the 97 Sydney region swimming sites tested rated good or very good with improved water quality at seven sites and decreased scores at only four.
  • 78 per cent of the 18 North Coast swimming sites rated good or very good with two downgraded.
  • 84 per cent of the 38 Hunter region swimming sites rated good or very good with improvements at seven sites.
  • 53 per cent of the 32 Central Coast sites rated good or very good – a decline from the previous year due to changes in the monitoring program rather than water quality.
  • 100 per cent of the 21 Illawarra beaches rated good or very good with improved water quality at one beach.
  • 100 per cent of the 35 South Coast region sites rated good or very good with two sites showing decreased water quality.
  • 81% of estuarine swimming sites are listed as goof or very good.

Environment Minister Gabrielle Upton said “while these figures are welcome, they also show there is still work to be done, as according to the report, coastal lakes, lagoons and estuarine swimming spots were adversely affected by heavy rainfall”.

Download a copy of the State of the Beaches Report here.

To read more about the Beachwatch program and to find out about the daily pollution forecasts for your local beach click here.

Get The Site Right Campaign

The Get the Site Right Campaign was launched by the Parramatta River Catchment Group a couple of years ago to raise awareness of the impacts of water pollution /sediments from building sites on the aquatic environment, and increase compliance based building inspections to ensure developers/builders are getting their site right.

During October 2017 and May 2018, the Sydney Coastal Councils Group partnered with the Parramatta River Catchment Group, Cooks River Alliance, Georges River Combined Councils Committee, NSW EPA and Department of Environment and Planning on the Get the Site Right Campaign.

To view the Get the Site Right Campaign video click here.

To view the Get the Site Right webinar on what to look for when assessing soil erosion and sediment control measures click here.