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) has finalised Phase 2: Development and implementation of an Emergency Management Health Check Tool for local government supported by the Office of Emergency Management (SEMP) grant.

SCCG engaged consultants Janellis to deliver
on the primary aspects of the project including the development of a functional, user friendly online Emergency Management Health Check Tool, a user guide and a resource toolkit. Six stakeholder engagement workshops were held across NSW between September and November. 

A Guide to the Health Check Tool and various templates and resources can now be accessed from the Resource Toolkit on the dedicated website.

The Health Check Tool is now open for all NSW Councils to complete. Go to 

 We encourage all Councils to complete the tool prior to 30 June 2017.

Biodiversity Reforms

Sydney Coastal Councils Group held a workshop on the 1st of June for member councils and stakeholders to provide feedback on their key concerns and issues regarding the biodiversity reforms. The workshop included presentations reviewing the reforms by the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) as well as the Evironmental Defenders Office (EDO). Attendees workshopped their issues and corncerns regarding the different documents on exhibition to input into the SCCG submission process.

The SCCG welcome further comments and input in advance of the submission deadline on the 21st of June. Webinars on the reforms and documents on exhibition can be found here.



NSW Coastal Conference 2017- Calls for Abstracts Close this Month.

The 26th annual NSW Coastal Conference will be hosted by Port Stephens Council in 2017 on 8-10th November, with the theme of "The Next Wave". The call for abstracts is now open with submissions closing on Friday 23rd June. For more information click here.


The Annual NSW Coastal Management Awards 

The Awards recognise contributions towards sustainable management of the coastal zone. Awards will be presented at the NSW Coastal Conference Dinner on 9th November. Award nominations open in May 2017.

For more information click here.


LGNSW Water Management Conference 2017

The LGNSW Water Management Conference presents local government with a broad range of information on water policy, water management and issues associated with water supply and sewerage services provided by council-owned and operated local water utilities.

The 2017 conference will be held from Monday, 4 September to Wednesday, 6 September 2017. For further information Contact Sascha Moege, Senior Policy Officer on 02 9242 4045 or by email at


Plastic Free July

With Plastic Free July just around the corner, take the challenge and reduce your impact on our environment. Choose to refuse single-use plastic during July. Check out to register to participate or for tools, ideas and tips on reducing your reliance on plastic in your everyday life.


20 Million Trees Competitive Grants Round Three

The Australian Government is seeking applications from eligible groups or individuals interested in undertaking a tree planting project as part of the 20 Million Trees Program.
Applications are invited for projects seeking funding between $20,000 and $100,000 (GST exclusive). Projects may occur on public and private land; in urban, peri urban and regional areas across Australia.

This is the third, and final, 20 Million Trees Competitive Grants Round.Applications Close 2.00pm AEST Tuesday 15 August 2017. For more information click here.


Sydney’s Salty Communities – Turning the Tide on Blue+Green Carbon

Sydney's Salty CommunitiesProjects under the Salty Communities Program have now wrapped up, with a very successful 'Lessons from the Sydney's Salty Communities' event held on 23 February 2017 to showcase the salty projects, outputs, outcomes, achievements and lessons. Thank you to the Federal Government for funding the program and to everyone who participated in the Salty Communities Program. 




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