The 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 14 Councils adjacent to Sydney marine and estuarine environments and associated waterways, and represents nearly 1.3 million Sydneysiders.
The SCCG Monthly Update
The Sydney Coastal Councils Group (SCCG) is undertaking Phase 2: Development and implementation of an Emergency Management Health Check Tool for local government supported by an Office of Emergency Management grant.
As part of this process, we have engaged consulting firm Janellis to facilitate a series of regional Emergency Management Stakeholder Workshops for Councils and relevant State Agencies.
17 October – Newcastle
28 October – Dubbo
7 November – Ballina
15 November - Ulladulla
29 November (TBC) – Western Sydney
The Emergency Management Health Check will allow councils, Local Emergency Management Committees, regions and government representatives to identify areas for improvement in Council’s resilience and readiness capability; build a case for funding to address emergency management needs; ensure integration between local emergency planning, risk management and IP&R; and provide a platform to identify best practice emergency management and share lessons across NSW.
Please RSVP to katherine(at)sydneycoastalcouncils.com.au to indicate your interest in attending a workshop.
This seminar, part of the Salty Program, introduces the latest thinking on adaptive natural resource management to senior managers, officers and researchers. View the program. Bookings are essential and should be made online. Keynote speakers are:
SCCG, as part of its Salty Program, is pleased to present three free half-day seminars focussing on Urban Biodiversity. View the program. Bookings are essential and should be made online. The seminars are:
year Australia's longest running coastal management conference will
celebrate its 25th anniversary in beautiful Coffs Harbour. This event
will interest anyone working in coastal or estuary management, research,
education, service provision or policy, whether
representatives from government, research institutions, user groups,
community volunteer organisations or private individuals.
And don't forget to apply for a NSW Coastal Management Award.
The Coastal Management Awards publicly recognise the contributions of
individuals, groups, organisations and agencies toward the ecologically
sustainable management of the NSW coastal zone.
POLICY AND LAW REFORM UPDATE
NSW Biodiversity Conservation Reform Package
The Sydney Coastal Councils Group is seriously concerned by the proposed package of biodiversity legislation reforms for New South Wales. The existing legislation – the Native Vegetation Act 2003 and the Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995 - has strong principles and procedures for biodiversity protection which have been developed over time and in consultation with multiple sectors of the community. The proposed reforms constitute a severe weakening of environmental protections in this state.
The two draft Bills and various supporting documents are available here. Read the SCCG submission here.
UPDATE: Coastal Management Reforms
On 13 November 2015, the NSW Government released a draft framework for coastal management for public consultation which closed on 29 February 2016. The NSW Government has now released a submissions report responding to the public submissions received to the coastal management reform process. The public consultation submissions are also available. More information available here.
Coming up in 2016 there will be public consultation on a full draft of the proposed new Coastal Management SEPP and maps of the coastal management areas.
State Environmental Planning Policies (SEPPs) Review
The Department of Planning and Environment is progressively reviewing all SEPPs to consider their relevance and to determine whether the policies need to be retained, amended, transferred or updated. The review will be rolled out in several phases.
DPE contacted NSW councils seeking preliminary comments on twenty-seven different SEPPs by 10 June 2016. The SCCG expects to provide comment on the Statement of Intended Effect once it is released for public consultation. Read more.
Environmental Planning and Assessment Act
Key areas of the EP&A Act 1979 are currently being reviewed. The Department of Planning and Environment invites participation and feedback via videos and a survey on their website. Feedback will help shape the draft Bill, which will be released for comment later in 2016.
More information on recent policy and law reforms is available in the latest edition of our quarterly newsletter, Coastal Currents.
Flying-Foxes Grants Program - closing dates 26 August 2016 (Stream 3) and 30 April 2017 (Streams 1 and 2). This $1 million program is funded through the Office of Environment and Heritage and administered by LGNSW to address flying-fox management issues affecting local councils. A combination of competitive and non-competitive funding is available. Find out more.
For a full list of funding opportunities throughout the year, check out the Sydney Coastal Councils Group Funding Guide.
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