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End of year picnic 2022!

It’s the Sutherland Shire Environment Centre catch up picnic, Sunday 4 December – please save the date!  It'd be so nice to just see people, catch up in person for a change, chat, relax and picnic. Everyone is welcome, especially new members, and your friends.

There are bbq's, picnic tables, and toilets.

Better Planning Network development presentation

Two exceptional speakers: Kirsty Ruddock from the Environmental Defenders Office, on greenwashing; and James Ryan, local government and planning lawyer, on Planning Law Issues.

Sutherland Shire Environment Centre is a member of the Better Planning Network with around 100 other community groups. We value the forum this network offers and its important contribution to debates about development.


Heathcote Candidate Forum

This coming Monday evening 27 February, please join Sutherland Shire Environment Centre together with the Nature Conservation Council, Total Environment Centre, BirdLife Australia, and POWA - Protect Our Water Alliance for a local Heathcote candidates forum. You'll hear the Heathcote candidates speak briefly about their party's environmental policies, and respond to questions about what are their plans for our local environment.  

The forum will be online, via zoom. If you'd like to come along, please register prior to get a zoom link for the meeting.


SSEC & Shire Climate Action Network @ Engadine markets

Sutherland Shire Environment Centre and Shire Climate Action Network members will be having a stall at the Engadine Community Markets on Sunday the 5th March, 8am-1pm.

Please drop by and say hi if you are in the area. If you'd like to volunteer on the day you'd be very welcome! There'll be plenty of resources and support. Our focus will be on a Renewable Energy Survey, the Peabody Pollution License, and the coal waste in the Royal National Park.

Cronulla Rotary & SO Shire Youth Week beach clean up

If you're free on Saturday, 22nd April SO Shire is hosting a beach Clean-up at Wanda in conjunction with Cronulla Rotary for Sutherland Shire Council's Youth Week. It's a great way to get out in the fresh air on a beautiful beach, get a bit of exercise while giving back to the community, and making a difference.

Underwater Polar photography by Brett Lobwein

Brett Lobwein is a passionate and environmentally minded photographer based in Sydney. His images have won numerous international photography awards and have been published worldwide. If you'd like to learn more about the polar regions while looking at striking, beautiful photography, you're welcome to come along to this free online presentation.


World Environment Day rally, Monday June 5

Sydney Town Hall 483 George Street, Sydney, NSW, Australia

Please join us together with the Sydney Climate Coalition on World Environment Day, Monday June 5, to demand "No new coal and gas, Repeal the anti-protest laws!"

The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says urgent action to drastically reduce emissions is required to avoid catastrophic climate change. This means an immediate end to the expansion of the fossil fuel industry and a rapid transition to sustainable industries for workers and communities currently reliant on fossil fuels. This rally is an important action, at a critical time. We need this government to act. We need real change.

Member’s meeting. Catch up, upstairs at the Audley Dance Hall & Cafe

Audley Dance Hall, upstairs 2 Lady Carrington Drive, Royal National Park, NSW, Australia

Sunday, 18 June, at 10am at the Audley Dance Hall and Cafe.
This is a chance to exchange ideas, and find out more about what’s been happening behind the scenes with campaigns, advocacy, our activities and upcoming events. It’s always good catching up and meeting others who care about our local environment, and environmental issues more broadly.


THE GIANTS – special event screening

Audley Dance Hall, upstairs 2 Lady Carrington Drive, Royal National Park, NSW, Australia

Following sold-out screenings in Sydney, THE GIANTS is now coming to the Royal National Park proudly presented by the Sutherland Shire Environment Centre.
On 23 July, please join us at the beautiful Audley Dance Hall for a special screening of The Giants and watch the film in the unique setting of The Royal National Park.

Member’s koala briefing, 20 August, upstairs at the Audley Dance Hall

Audley Dance Hall, upstairs 2 Lady Carrington Drive, Royal National Park, NSW, Australia

This meeting will cover the current situation on the ground with koalas in the Shire, areas of concern, what we've been doing, and future actions to ensure our local koalas survive.
So meeting upstairs at the lovely Audley Dance Hall, Sunday 20 August.


Possum dray making workshop at the beautiful Bundeena House

Bundeena House 25 Bundeena Drive, Bundeena, New South Wales, Australia

This workshop will be at the beautiful Bundeena House located directly next to the beach at Bundeena. We'll be demonstrating how to make drays, homes for ring tailed possums, and to also build up a supply of dreys for WIRES volunteers. When young possums are released into the wild these dreys are put up nearby so they have a home and refuge. All materials will be supplied, and it'll be a chance to catch up with others who care for the environment, at a beautiful venue, and hear more about wildlife and our local ecosystems.

S4P 2023 ‘Edge of the Future: Climate Action’

Speaking 4 the Planet is a world-first program – an arts-based sustainability competition, which runs in Australia and internationally.
This year's competition is being supported by a number of Councils across Australia, including Sutherland. The aim is to give students an opportunity to speak about the planet and the future. The theme this year is 'Edge of the Future: Climate Action’.

Electrify Bundeena!

Bundeena Community Centre 17-37 Liverpool Street, Bundeena, NSW, Australia

We’re very excited to announce the launch of a new community-run initiative - Electrify Bundeena!  The aim is to help support local residents electrify their homes and vehicles, and power these with 100% renewable energy.

The formal launch is 10am this coming Sunday 10 September 2023, at the Bundeena Community Centre.

Sutherland Shire Environment Centre is proud to be supporting Electrify Bundeena as part of this movement, and keen to share its inspiration, ideas, and learnings with the rest of the Sutherland Shire (and beyond!)

Sutherland Shire Environment Centre AGM 2023

Kaimea Room, Tradies Gymea 57 Manchester Road, Gymea, NSW, Australia

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.

Sail 4 Sanity Rally and Picnic at Audley Weir

Audley Weir Sir Bertram Stevens Drive, Royal National Park, NSW, Australia

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.