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.
29 November – 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.
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 Biodiversity Conservation Bill 2016 was passed through Parliament on Thursday 17 November 2016.
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 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.
On Friday 11 November 2016, the Minister for Planning, the Hon Rob Stokes, released the draft Coastal Management State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP) and related maps for public consultation. Click here to view the draft SEPP and maps, and to have your say.
District Plans - Greater Sydney Commission
On Monday 21 November 2016, the Greater Sydney Commission released draft documents for the six districts identified for greater sydney, including the West, South West, West Central, Central, North and South. A document entitled 'A Draft Amendment to Update A Plan For Growing Sydney' was also released for public comment. The consultation period is open until March 2017.
For more information on each district and/or to make a submission click here.
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. 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 date 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.
Sydney’s Salty Communities – Turning the Tide on Blue+Green Carbon