About us

South Coast Management Group (SCMG) was formed in the mid 1990’s by Local Government and community representatives to provide a forum for the discussion of issues relating to coastal and marine planning and management and to actively promote best practice coastal management along the South Coast of Western Australia.

Our Vision
To bring together people, organisations and information, so that communities in the South Coast Region are able to work in partnership, to improve the quality of the coastal and marine environment, resulting in environmental, social and economic sustainability.

Who is involved?
SCMG membership is made up of twenty-five members, being the Chief Executive Officer (or proxy), two elected members and two community members from each of the five member Local Government areas. Elected (Councillor) and community member positions are appointed for a two-year term coinciding with the Ordinary Local Government election process.

SCMG’s Committee of Management consists of the elected Chair, Vice-Chair, Secretary and Treasurer.

Who else do we work with?
SCMG also has strong support and working partnerships with the regional group for natural resource management, Western Australian Government agencies and other interested parties between Denmark and Esperance who have a direct link with coastal and marine planning and management. Advice and support is provided by:

  • South Coast Natural Resource Management Inc.
  • Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage and Coastwest
  • Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions
  • Department of Water
  • Department of Aboriginal Affairs
  • Department of Agriculture and Food

Peripheral interest is also taken by Great Southern Development Commission, Goldfields-Esperance Development Commission, and tourism and aboriginal organisations within the region.

Where do we work?

SCMG works along approximately 1000km of the South Coast, encompassing the local government areas of Denmark, Albany, Jerramungup, Ravensthorpe and Esperance. Particular attention is focused on the 5km coastal area from low water mark landward and seaward to the 3nm State limit.

Where does SCMG meet?

SCMG meets five times a year, traveling to the towns of Denmark, Albany, Bremer Bay, Hopetoun and Esperance in each of the member Local Government areas. Observers are welcome and individuals and groups who care for their local patch of the coast are encouraged to attend when the meeting is in their area. Site visits are organised around meetings for members to see first-hand some of the local issues and solutions that local coastal managers and community members are working on.