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 10 Councils adjacent to Sydney marine and estuarine environments and associated waterways, and represents nearly 1.3 million Sydneysiders.

Making Waves 

The SCCG Monthly Update


Summerama Coastal Explorer Bus 2018 a huge success!

Thank you to all who joined us for our Summerama Coastal Explorer Bus Tour on January 28!  The day was enjoyed by all with thanks to the support of Greater Sydney Local Land Services.  Participants explored the Sydney Park Wetlands with Dr Arthur White, and Balmoral Beach rockpools with Marine Biologist Kate Smellie.  Conservationist Harriet Spark took participants on a beach cleanup and highlighted the need to rethink the way we approach plastics and our oceans.  You can read more about the link between ocean pollution and our health here.  We look forward to seeing you next January for more Summerama fun!

Summerama Coastal Explorer Bus participants learning about plastic pollution at Clifton Gardens! 

Clean Up Australia Day - 2 March

Clean Up Australia Day demonstrates that people accross the nation are willing to do something themselves to help protect and care for their environment.  To find your local Clean Up Site, or create your own, visit the Clean Up Australia Day website.

Sustainable Seafood Week - 12-18 March

International non-profit organisation the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) will be highlighting the vital role Australians can play every day to help keep our oceans healthy and teeming with life, with the announcement of Australia's first ever Sustainable Seafood Week.  Choosing MSC certified seafood guarantees consumers are choosing sustainable seafood that safeguards seafood supplies for our generation and the next.  Read more here.

United Nations World Water Day - 22 March 

The theme for this years World Water Day is 'Nature for Water' - exploring nature-based solutions to the water challenges we face in the 21st century. You can download materials and find out information about events held all over the globe here.  

WWF Earth Hour - 24 March

Earth Hour is back on 24 March 2018 between 8.30 - 9.30pm.  Earth Hour launched in Sydney in 2007 and is the world's largest grassroots movement for climate change action.  Millions of people in over 180 countries take part in Earth Hour by switching off their lights as a symbolic gesture to show that our planet needs stronger action on climate change.  Read more about how to get involved with Earth Hour here.


Get The Site Right Campaign

The Sydney Coastal Councils Group partnered with the Parramatta River Catchment Group, Cooks River Alliance, Georges River Combined Councils Committee, and the EPA and Department of Environment and Planning on the Get the Site Right Campaign during November 2017. Local councils across our combined regions were out in force throughout November raising awareness and ensuring compliance of building sites with sediment and erosion controls. The results are in - with approximately 891 sites inspected, 60% of sites were compliant with erosion and sediment controls whilst 40% of sites inspected were non-compliant, leading to $212,146 worth of fines being issued.

Sediment run-off from building sites enters the drains and flows to our creeks, rivers and harbour impacting on water quality, and aquatic plants and animals. Adequate sediment and erosion controls need to be put in place by developers, builders and DIY renovators to prevent sediment runoff. Make sure you get your site right!

Sydney Coastal Councils 2018 funding guide is here!

Sydney Coastal Councils has released its annual funding guide for the benefit of members and community alike.  The guide contains a comprehensive list of funding opportunities in areas such as climate change, coasal & marine, community, conservation & biodiversity, culutre & heritage, education & capacity building, emergency management, plus many more.  The guide is available here.

Emergency Management Health Check

Are You Ready signSCCG, 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 

Coastal Node Teacher Resource

The Coastal Processes and Responses Node has published a Teacher resource guide on Coastal Management, targeting years 7-10 students.  More information about the resource is available here.


The National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF) has launched CoastAdapt. Check out the latest climate change information, case studies, resources and tools. To view a webinar on the CoastAdapt Tool click here.

Citizen Science: CoastSnap

Check out this citizen science partnership between the Office of Environment and Heritage,
UNSW Water Research Laboratory and Northern Beaches Council. Community beach monitoring photo-point fixtures have been established at Manly Beach and North Narrabeen Beach.  Community members can become citizen scientists by using the photo-point fixtures to capture a photo of the beach and shoreline. These photos are collected and stored in the CoastSnap community
beach monitoring database, and are processed into time-lapse images capturing the shoreline position and beach width over time, providing a record of beach erosion, recovery cycles and long-term trends. For more information click


Environmental Restoration & Rehabilitation Grants 

This program is now open, and aims to achieve long-term beneficial outcomes for the NSW environment. There are two separate streams; Community and government.  For more information visit

Environmental Research Grants 

This program is now open, and aims to support applied biophysical, social or economic research projects that help to address environmental problems in NSW across Four Themes. More information is available here.

NSW Coastal and Estuary Grants

This grants program provides funding to councils to assist in managing coastal risks and hazards, restoring degraded coastal habitats and improving the health of NSw estuaries, wetlands and littoral rainforests. There are three funding streams including:

* The Planning Stream - closes on 30 June 2018

For more information or to download guidelines and application forms click here

Wettenhall Environment Trust Small Environment Grants Scheme – reopens 12 December

The Small Environmental Grant Scheme suppors groups or individuals undertaking projects that will make a positive difference to the natural environment. Currently, the Foundation are looking for projects around flora and fauna conservation, threatened mammal conservation, and landscape restoration and education.  More information available here.

NSW Flying-Fox Grants Program

Two grant streams are open to local councils, county councils and regional organisations of councils under this grants program to prepare and implement flying-fox camp management plans.

Stream 1: Implementing emergency flying-fox camp management measures (max. $50,000) - closes 27 April 2018

For more information click here.

Small Environmental Grant Scheme 

The Norman Wettenhall Foundation is providing grants of up to $10,000 to support groups or individuals undertaking projects that will make a difference to the natural living environment.  More information here.

Environmental Education Grants  

The OEH is providing Environmental Education Grants for projects that develop knowledge, skills, commitment to, and ongoing participation in protecting the environment.  A total of $500,000 is available.  Applications open April 2018.  More information here.

Environment and Conservation Grants  

The Ian Potter Foundation is offering grants to support urban and regional communities to live sustainably, and preserve biodiversity, in the face of challenge.  Large grants of up to $100,000+ are available.  Applications open 25 March 2018.  More information here.

Love Food Hate Waste Grants Program

The NSW EPA is offering grants of $5-7000 to raise awareness of food waste and provide households and businesses with simple actions they can do to reduce the amount of edible food disposed of in NSW.  See here for more information.

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