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


Position: Support Officer - Coast and Estuaries (P/T)

If you have exceptional administrative and time management skills, and work well in a small and busy team - this role may be for you.

We’re seeking a self-motivated and experienced Support Officer to perform administrative duties, provide secretarial support, and undertake research based projects.

To be successful in this role, you will have a minimum three years’ experience working in a business administration role and possess excellent attention to detail, organisational, time management, customer service and research skills.

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

Applications close at 5.00pm on Friday 22nd June 2018, and should be e-mailed to

For further information contact Geoff Withycombe on 9246 7791.


Future of Local Government National Summit

The  2018 Summit will be held in Melbourne on 30-31st May. It will include expert speakers and leading edge case studies Australia-wide demonstrating community-led governance, collaborative approaches and the implcations for local government.

For more information or to register click here.


Get The Site Right Campaign

The Sydney Coastal Councils Group have again 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 launched on 1st May 2018. The Blitz day was held on 16 May - with compliance officers out in force ensuring developers/builders were getting their site right.

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

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!

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


Eco Schools Grants - NSW Environmental Trust

The Eco Schools Program provides funding for schools to assist with environmental learning opportunities for students, teachers and the school community. Eco Schools’ projects provide hands-on curriculum-based environmental education focussing on strong student participation.

For more information or to download guidelines and application forms click 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

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.

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 in May 2018.  More information here.

Community Heritage Grants National Library of Australia

The CHG program provides grants of up to $15,000 to community organisations such as libraries, archives, museums, genealogical and historical societies, multicultural and Indigenous groups.  More information is available here.


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