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 11 Councils adjacent to Sydney marine and estuarine environments and associated waterways, and represents nearly 1.5 million Sydneysiders.

Making Waves 

The SCCG Monthly Update

Emergency Management Health Check

Are You Ready signThe Sydney Coastal Councils Group (SCCG), 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 

So far 40 NSW Councils have requested access to the tool. All NSW Councils are encouraged to complete the tool.


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.

Paper: Research questions to inform policy and the management of sandy

A new academic paper released with contributions from the SCCG provides insight into the goals, pressures, knowledge gaps and judgment that inform policy and management-oriented
research questions when dealing with management of sandy beaches. The first step in generating knowledge critical to effective beach ecosystem management is developing
research questions that capture components including natural condition;protecting ecosystem health; conservation of biodiversity; sustaining ecosystem goods and services; and climate change.  The full article is available through ScienceDirect.

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

Summerama Internship Opportunity

There is an opportunity to assist with this summer’s Summerama Event! Summerama is an annual summer activities program run through the month of January by our Member Councils. The program provides a platform for the community to enjoy, learn about and interact with Sydney’s coastline and harbour through family-oriented, educational activities. If you have a passion for the coast and experience with communications and assisting with events, please email


NSW Coastal Conference 8-10 November – Port Stephens

This year the NSW Coastal Conference will be held in Port Stephens. The Conference covers all aspects of coastal, estuarine and marine management, science and research, and education, planning, policy and law; and includes representatives from government, the private sector and community groups and the interested public.  Further information is available at

Don’t miss your opportunity to submit a NSW Coastal Management Award

The Annual NSW Coastal Management Awards are
presented to publicly recognise and acknowledge the contributions of individuals, groups, organisations and agencies toward the ecologically sustainable management of the NSW coastal zone.

Download Award Information &
Entries close Friday 6th October 2017

33rd NSW Environment Education
Conference: Make the Change - 27-29th September

AAEE NSW and the Lane Cove Green School's Network invites all environmental educators from schools, government, community and business to
come together at this year's conference in
Sydney.  For more information click here.

National Biodiversity Month

Biodiversity Month is held in September each year and aims to promote the importance of protecting, conserving and improving biodiversity both within Australia and across the world. 
Click here to find out what you can do to protect
Australia’s unique biodiversity!


Coastal and Estuary Planning

The Coastal and Estuary Grants Program application for financial assistance is now open for applications at any time up until 30 September 2017.  As part of the coastal reforms a funding package of $83.6 million was announced for Coastal Management from 2016-17 to
2020-21, and the Coastal and Estuary Grants Program is part of this package.

The NSW Government's Coastal and Estuary Grants Program provides technical and financial support to local government to assist in managing the
coastal zone. The program's objectives are to support local government in managing the risks from coastal hazards, such as coastal erosion; restoring degraded coastal habitats; and improving the health of NSW estuaries, wetlands
and littoral rainforests.  More
information available here.

Wettenhall Environment Trust Small
Environment Grants Scheme

The Small Environmental Grant Scheme will
provide support for groups or individuals undertaking projects that will make a
positive difference to the natural living environment, in land, sea or air, rural or urban. 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 Restoration and Rehabilitation Grants
NSW Environmental Trust

The aim of the Restoration and
Rehabilitation program is to facilitate projects run by community organisations and government entities working to prevent or reduce environmental degradation. More information available here.


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