Sand Management Working Group

The Sand Management Working Group has now been re-established!

The Working Group was previously established in 2007 to provide advice, direction and assistance to advance the application of broad scale regional beach nourishment program(s) in Sydney. In 2019, it was identified that key issues faced by councils in regard to coastal erosion was still of concern, and approval was therefore given to re-establish the Working Group.

Sand Management, in particular beach nourishment, has been recognised as a potential adaptive option to offset the adverse impacts of seal level rise and increasing storm intensity on coastal assets including the retention of public beaches. (Gordon, 2009 ‘The Potential for Offshore Sand Sources to Offset Climate Change Impacts on Sydney’s Beaches’). The potential devastating impacts are evident from the 2016 ‘D Day Storm’ which moved 410,000m3 of sand from the Collaroy-Narrabeen beach alone during this time. Several other councils are also experiencing beach erosion and, in some areas, unwanted beach accretion which also has an impact on private and public assets.

In November 2019, SCCG held it’s first meeting of the Working Group with representatives from member and non-member councils, NSW Coastal Council and the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment to identify priority issues, workshop solutions and commit to regular meetings. A presentation was also given by Angus Gordon OAM, NSW Coastal Council, highlighting potential sources of sand, benefits and costs of beach nourishment works and a possible way forward for program implementation.

A copy of the outcomes report of this meeting and presentation given by Angus Gordon OAM is available for member councils in the ‘members area’ of the SCCG website.

Connected Corridors for Biodiversity

Updates to the Habitat Corridor Map have now been made for 2020!

 

The map is just one of the tools developed for the Connected Corridors for Biodiversity Program (CCB) which aims to assist Councils to facilitate increased habitat connectivity across the highly urbanized project area, to thereby increase resilience of biodiversity to climate change and other threats. Urbanization has been recognized as the greatest threat to biodiversity globally but also, urban biodiversity contributes significant to the health and well-being of urban residents. In particularly, urban biodiversity has been found to contribute to improved sleep, stress reduction and the improve recovery and rehabilitation from illness and injury.

 

The CCB habitat corridor map was produced to identify land that should be prioritised for on-ground works to improve habitat connectivity across the project area. The map is reviewed and updated annually to ensure the spatial data is up to date and can continue to inform biodiversity and bush land management works.

 

The CCB was funded by the Australian Government through the Sydney Coastal Councils Group (SCCG) Sydney’s Salty Communities program, and has been implemented by the Southern Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (SSROC) in collaboration with Greater Sydney Local and Services (GS LLS).

 

A link to the map can be found here!

 

Aftermath of a wild fire

New Grant for Bushfire Affected Coastal Waterways

The NSW Government recently announced a one off-funding stream under the Coastal and Estuary Grants Program to enable local councils to implement urgent actions to minimise and mitigate the impacts of the bushfires on sensitive estuary and coastal ecosystems.

 

There is $5 million available for bushfire affected coastal waterways and the grants are available at 100% funding. Types of projects that can be funding include sediment and erosion control actions, dune management and restoration, estuarine foreshore restoration, littoral rain forest and coastal wetland restoration. Also please not that the action for which funding is sought is not required to be identified n Councils certified Coastal Zone Management Plan (CZMP), Emergency Action Sub-Plan or a certified Coastal Management Program (CMP).

 

The grants are currently open and will close on 20 March 2020, or until the funds have been allocated. Guidelines and application forms can be found here.