We’re Hiring!

SUPPORT OFFICER – COAST AND ESTUARIES (Full-Time)

If you have exceptional administrative skills and work well in a small team – this role may be for you.

We’re seeking a self-motivated and experienced Support Officer to perform administrative duties and secretarial support on a full-time basis (38 hours per week, 12-month contract, $55,000 to $57,000).

To be successful in this role, you will have previous experience working in a business administration role and possess excellent attention to detail, organisational and computer skills, high level written and verbal communication, the ability to use initiative in completing tasks and collating information, and an interest in the coastal environment.

For details of the position, selection criteria and application process, please refer to the Job Information Package.

All applications must include a resume and letter addressing selection criteria for the application to be assessed.

Applications are to be submitted by email to info@sydneycoastalcouncils.com.au by the closing date with the title ‘Application for Support Officer Position’.

Applications close 5.00pm 30th November 2021.

Have your say on the draft Regional Litter Prevention Strategy!

The Sydney Coastal Councils Group (SCCG) and Parramatta River Catchment Group (PRCG) would like to hear from you about your ideas for litter prevention in the Greater Sydney Harbour Catchment.

The draft Greater Sydney Harbour Litter Prevention Strategy outlines actions that support the NSW Government litter targets to reduce litter by 60% by 2030 and reduce plastics by 30% by 2025.

It aims to:

  1. Provide a regional approach to litter prevention
  2. Reduce the volume of litter entering Sydney Harbour and associated waterways through litter prevention
  3. Embed litter reduction activities into council policy, strategy and programs.

We know the many communities across Greater Sydney Harbour want clean and healthy waterways and public places. The community is also concerned about the broader impact of litter on marine life. Community volunteers from across the catchment have many innovative projects to encourage their communities to pick up litter. The RLPS responds to the aspirations of communities for healthy waterways and the marine environment and will set a way forward for litter prevention.

The consultation is open until 4pm Monday 6 December.

You can comment on the strategy by email to sue@sydneycoastalcouncils.com.au or complete a short survey.

 

To find out more about the Regional Litter Prevention Strategy, visit our Project Page.

Extension for Coastal Management Programs

On 21 October 2021, the Minister for Local Government, Shelley Hancock MP, announced that Coastal Councils will be given a two year extension to complete their coastal management programs. Under the Coastal Management Amendment Bill 2021 councils now have until 31 December 2023 for the Coastal Zone Management Plan to be competed including implementation of the identified actions. The Coastal and Estuary Grants Program allows funding for CZMP actions at a funding ration of 1:1. Funding for preparation and implementation of Coastal Management Program is at 2:1.

The Minister announced this important amendment by way of a media release, stating “we recognise local councils up and down the coast have been doing it tough these past two years so this extension is a sensible measure to prevent any council from falling behind”.

Minister Hancock went on to say “the extra time will also allow councils to carry out planned emergency works during major coastal erosion events that are addressed in their CZMPs while they continue to develop a CMP”.

For further information, see the full media release here.

 

 

21/22 Shark Management Program Announced

On Sunday 19 September

NSW Deputy Premier, John Barilaro and Minister for Agriculture and Western NSW, Adam Marshall, announced a further $21.4 million to fund the Shark Management Program.

The 2021/22 NSW Shark Management Program includes:

  • Scaling up Surf Life Saving NSW’s drone surveillance program to provide more beach coverage in more Local Government Area’s (LGA’s);
  • Increasing coastal surveillance using VR4G listening stations to ensure at least one in every LGA;
  • Expanding the rollout of SMART (Shark Management Alert in Real Time) drumlines technology;
  • Continuation of beach meshing; and
  • Boosting shark tagging, research and community education programs.

A map of the NSW Shark Management Program the proposed measures to be installed in each LGA can be accessed here.

The NSW Government was thankful to the 25 coastal councils who responded to the Preferred Shark Mitigation Measures in NSW survey along with the 40 organisations and 4,023 individuals.

SCCG Awarded Grant for Landmark Study

In a first for the state’s capital, the NSW Government has awarded $274,000 to support 20 local councils in developing a whole-of-system Coastal Management Program for Greater Sydney Harbour. The SCCG is project managing the delivery of this CMP.

To assess threats posed by pollutants being carried into Harbour waters, a Stage 2 investigation will determine risks across all catchments feeding the Harbour and steps needed to mitigate those risks. The aim is to provide for coordinated action by councils, in partnership with state agencies and the community, to facilitate integrated waterway health management for the entire Greater Sydney Harbour system.

Channel 10 recently featured the GSH CMP Stage 2 Planning Grant. Watch it here!

To find out more about the GSH CMP, visit our projects page.

Winners of the #LoveYourWaterways Announced!

Thank you to everyone who entered the #LoveYourWaterwaysSydney Instagram photo competition and CONGRATULATIONS to our winners! You can check out the winning photos in the gallery below.

It’s so pleasing to see people in our community actively helping to improve our waterways.

We have awarded five prizes, winners were able to choose a $100 gift voucher from a local store such as a community nursery, bookshop, car wash, pet store or eco-store.

Love Your Waterways is a community campaign that encourages people to take up five simple actions to prevent litter, pet waste, gardening materials, chemicals and other pollutants from entering our waterways.

The campaign is proudly presented by: Cooks River Alliance, Georges Riverkeeper, Parramatta River Catchment Group, and Sydney Coastal Councils Group.

A big thank you also to our member Councils for their support during the campaign.

Have your say on Litter!

Do you want to contribute to litter free waterways? We are developing a Litter Prevention Strategy that covers the Greater Sydney Harbour and Parramatta River to help stop litter from entering our waterways and flowing into the ocean. To have your say on this issue and help guide how litter can be better managed and reduced by councils and the community, please complete the Regional Litter Prevention Community Survey.

It should take less than 10 minutes and you can enter to win one of four $75 vouchers to be used at the online store Flora and Fauna. Please fill out your details at the end of the survey and entries must be received by 31st of August 2021.  The project is funded by the NSW Environment Protection Authority.

 

To find out more about the Greater Sydney Harbour Regional Litter Prevention Strategy, visit our Project Page.

SCCG Councils excelling in Planning!

Several of SCCG Member Councils have been acknowledged for their innovation in the space of Planning at the recent 2021 Greater Sydney Planning Awards.

Randwick Council received two commendations for their Precinct Collaboration Area Zero Emissions Strategy and Maroubra’s two-million-liter stormwater re-use system in the Place-based Collaboration and Development Supported by Infrastructure categories. In the Planning Disruptor category, Waverley Council was announced as the winner for their Future Proofing residential Development to Climate Change initiative. Congratulations to all the nominees and winners of the 2021 Greater Sydney Planning Awards!

To find out more about each of these initiatives, visit the Awards page.

Coastal and Estuary Grants Program Open for 2021-22

The 2021-22 Coastal and Estuary Grants Program funding round is now open for applications.

 

What will be funded?

Coastal and Estuary Planning

  • develop a Coastal Management Program (CMP)
  • studies to understand coastal processes and map coastal hazards/coastal vulnerability area
  • studies to understand threats to the objectives of coastal management areas within the NSW coastal zone
  • investigations and designs or cost benefit analyses for infrastructure works recommended in a certified CMP

Applications are open to be submitted at any time up until 30 June 2022

 

Implementing works

For areas with a certified Coastal Zone Management Plan or Coastal Management Program:

  • erosion reduction management and beach nourishment
  • actions to reduce future risk from coastal hazards
  • habitat restoration and conservation
  • management and stabilisation of dune systems

Applications for implementing works close 5pm on 17 August 2021

 

There have also been changes made the the grant application guidelines, so applicants are encouraged to review the guidelines thoroughly prior to submitting their grant application. Applications should be submitted through the online Grants Management System.

 

For more information, please visit the DPIE Website.

Working together to address unauthorised development on foreshore Crown land and waterways

Department of Planning Industry and Environment – Crown Lands recently released a request for all coastal councils via email.

The request centres around helping to manage the growing amount of apparent unauthorised development occurring along coastal waterways, particularly adjoining freehold properties. Crown Lands requests that councils insert a deferred or standard condition in all development consents that relate to works located on foreshore Crown land and waterways. The condition would refer the applicant back to the department to enable licencing before construction takes place.

The request may be accessed here. For further information contact Crown Lands on 1300 886 235 or email to cl.compliance@crownland.nsw.gov.au