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.

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Executive Officer Position

Have exceptional leadership, management and communication skills? Work well managing a small and busy team? Wish to lead coastal management at a regional level? Then this role may be for you!

We’re seeking an experienced, proficient and enthusiastic Executive Officer to provide overall management responsibility and governance for the Group’s operations; and provide high level advice, policy development, and decision-making support to the Group in relation to coastal matters.

Please click here to download the Information Package and Position Description. 

Applications should be e-mailed to:    

Applications close 5pm 29 April.



Coast to Coast 2018

The Coast to Coast Conference will be held in Hobart from 16th to 20th April.  In a period when many governments have to some extent retreated from this space, the Coast to Coast Conference is an opportunity to take stock and reset the compass.  It is a time to re-energise, rejuvenate, re-engage, re-envision and rebuild the national coastal community.  To register for the conference, or for more information, 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 to be held in May 2018. 

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


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

Environmental Research grants

The aim of the Environmental Research program is to support applied research projects that help address environmental problems in NSW. The Environmental Research program provides grants for applied biophysical, social or economic research that relates to the program’s priorities.  More information available 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.

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 and close 19 April 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.

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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