National Recycling Week 12-18 November

National Recycling Week is on again this year from 12-18 November 2018. Click here to see how you can become involved, or look up events/activities on your local council website.

Click here to check out the A-Z of recycling to see what materials can be recycled and where you can take them.

World Fisheries Day – 21 November

World Fisheries Day is celebrated on 21 November. ‘A United Nations study reported that more than two-thirds of the world’s fisheries have been overfished or are fully harvested and more than one third are in a state of decline because of factors such as the loss of essential fish habitats, pollution, and global warming’.

‘World Fisheries Day celebrations serve as an important reminder that we must focus on changing the way the world manages global fisheries to ensure sustainable stocks and healthy oceans ecosystems’.

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.

Coastal Management – Delegation visits SCCG

On 4th October 2018, SCCG welcomed a delegation from India; including Suresh Chandra Mahapatra and Prasanta Kumar Panigraphy from the Government of Odisha, and Anuja Sukhla from IPE Global Ltd.  The delegation met with the SCCG to discuss coastal management in NSW, coastal processes, challenges local councils face in finding solutions to sustainable manage the coast and in sharing of costs to undertake works. The delegation shared information about their community, largely fisherman as stakeholders that are dependent on the coast for their livelihood.

The delegation also undertook a site visit to Collaroy/Narrabeen led by Craig Morrison from Northern Beaches Council, which provided firsthand experience of the beach and coastal hazards and management challenges faced by a local council and its community.

CRC for Low Carbon Living’s Annual Participants’ Forum: From Research to Reality

The CRC for Low Carbon Living’s (CRCLCL) Annual Participants’ Forum: From Research to Reality is on from 19-20 November, at the National Wine Centre of Australia, Adelaide.

This is a great opportunity to hear and experience how the CRCLCL’s research is lowering carbon emissions in the built environment. The Forum will offer the opportunity to showcase key achievements and how the CRCLCL’s important research will continue through its students, researchers, leaders and industry partners.

The Forum includes a site tour of the inspiring Tonsley Living Laboratory, Australia’s first Innovation District with a 6 Star Green Star — Communities rating, plus a variety of presentations on topics including: world-leading blockchain technology, low carbon tourism and schools, Urban Heat Island mitigation, and carbon metric tools for precincts.

For the conference program click here.

To register 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.

Restoration and Rehabilitation Grants

The NSW Environment Trust has now opened the 2019 round of the Restoration and Rehabilitation Grants program. Community organisations and government entities can apply for grant funds for projects that contribute to the ongoing sustainable management and stewardship of significant environmental assets and services.

Applications close 3pm, Monday 3 December 2018.  For more information and to download the guidelines click here.

 

4th Water Sensitive Cities Conference 2019

The Water Sensitive Cities Conference, hosted by the CRC for Water Sensitive Cities, will be held in Brisbane 26-28th March 2019. The 2019 Conference Theme is ‘Accelerating the transition to water sensitive cities: action and achievement’.  The Conference will hear great examples from Speakers on how water shapes our cities and towns into places that are more liveable, resilient and sustainable.

Register by 21 December 2018 to receive a 20% discount on your full 3 day conference registration (including dinner) or full 3 day conference registration (excluding dinner).

The Draft Event Program is currently available here.

For more information contact Clare Beeby (Event Manager), CRC for Water Sensitive Cities, +61 3 9902 4985 or email: admin@crcwsc.org.au

To register click here.

Emergency Management Health Check

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 www.emhealthcheck.com.au 

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.