Sutherland Shire Environment Centre AGM 2023

The Board of the Sutherland Shire Environment Centre invite you to attend our Annual General Meeting on Sunday, 5 November. It’s 1.45pm for a 2pm start.
Our guest speaker George Cotis will be giving a presentation entitled “Deeban’s Voice. Are we listening?”
George is a recognised expert on the history and ecology of Port Hacking, and was recently awarded an OAM for his service to conservation and the environment.

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Sail 4 Sanity Rally and Picnic at Audley Weir

Environmentalists Tom Hunt and Dr. Simon Leslie are sailing from Port Kembla to Newcastle to join the Rising Tide blockade of the Newcastle Coal Port. The Newcastle coal port is the largest coal in the world, and Australia’s single greatest contribution to the climate crisis.
On their way Tom and Simon are stopping at Audley on 8 November to say hi and lend their support to our campaign against coal pollution in the Royal National Park.
Join us for a rally and picnic at the Audley Weir, fostering awareness of the coal mine polluting our beloved RNP, and supporting Tom and Simon on their journey up to Newcastle.

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End of year picnic 2023 Sunday 10 December

It’s our catch up end of year picnic, to celebrate our wins this year – please save the date! From 11am we’ll be meeting at the Wattle Forest picnic area in the Royal National Park, a beautiful spot near Audley. This is the same location where the platypus were released into the Hacking River. There’s bbq’s, picnic tables, toilets, but no swimming.

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Our Campaigns

About Sutherland Shire Environment Centre

We are an independent, not-for-profit, community organisation actively involved in a wide range of projects aimed at maintaining the natural beauty and character of our Shire, and surrounding waterways and parks. For a small organisation we do a lot, but our Centre is run by volunteers.


Sutherland Shire would not have an environment centre, and none of our campaigns or advocacy would be possible without the commitment and care of members of the community.


One current focus is advocacy to protect the Royal National Park from coal mine pollution.  Another central campaign focuses on koala and wildlife corridors around the Shire, with advocacy aimed at stopping koalas being killed on our roads.  Another ongoing campaign seeks to protect our water supply from the coal mining taking place directly underneath Woronora Reservoir: 10,700 people signed our petition calling for the mining to be stopped.  Our members from the SO Shire group aim to halt pollution from plastic and microplastics washing up around our beaches and waterways.


Our Sunny Shire and Plastic Free Sutherland Shire groups can provide general advice about solar energy, batteries, and sustainable practices.  We support environmental education programs, and put in submissions about issues of environmental concern with various arms of government. 


Sutherland Shire Environment Centre supports, and is also an affiliate member of the Sydney Basin Koala Network, Greater Sydney Landcare, the Better Planning Network, the Nature Conservation Council, the Australian Fair Trade & Investment Network (AFTINET), Lock the Gate Alliance, and Climate Action Network Australia (CANA).


If you are interested in finding out more, or helping, please get in touch!

We acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of this Land, the Dharawal people, who have cared and continue to care for country.  We recognise that Aboriginal Sovereignty has never been ceded.  It is our goal to build restorative relations between peoples, and we pay our respect to their elders past, present, and emerging.     

We extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.