The Forum, in partnership with the Shoalhaven City Council and Griffith University won

the Local Government NSW Excellence in Environment Award 2017

in the Climate Change Action Category


a Highly Commended honour in the

Resilience Australia Award 2017, NSW

Community Category- Building Community Resilience

Congratulations to Elizabeth Dixon, Team Leader of Council Environmental and Planning Assessment, and members of the Sussex Inlet community for their contribution, collaboration and commitment to developing this living plan, its implementation and on being recognised by these awards.

The process led to the creation of a vision for the area’s future and a Strategic Action Plan that addresses climate change risks facing the community. This allowed our community to consider long – term strategic issues and opportunities to build resilience to future impacts from natural hazards and to engage with the various planning processes of local, state and federal governments.

(LTR) D.Tarbert,K.Clarke SCC, State Member Shelly Hancock, J.Lang, G. Drummond, G. Downie, Commissioner Marine Rescue NSW Stacey Tannos, Attorney General NSW Mark Speakman
(LTR) Council Director Phil Costello, Gwen Downie, Gail Drummond, Shoalhaven City Council General Manager Russ Pigg






Community Award Category – Highly Commended Award

Presented to the Sussex Inlet and District Community Forum

for the

Sussex Inlet and District Strategic Action Plan –

Building Community Resilience

The Sussex Inlet and District Community Forum, working with the Shoalhaven City Council and Griffith University, delivered a community-led strategic action plan designed to build resilience to future impacts of natural hazards, including engaging with the planning process of government and non-government agencies. The project was recognised and the Forum presented with an award of High Commendation for creating a transferrable model of community engagement for emergency services in preparedness and planning.




STREETSCAPE takes a step back


At the combined CCB Executive meeting on Thursday 11th October, with the Shoalhaven City Council General Manager and Directors, Sussex Forum secretary asked the General Manager what was happening with the Streetscape as it was understood works would to be starting in October this year and we had received no recent correspondence on the progress of the project

The secretary noted that the community and businesses had experienced decades of promises of a streetscape, but it not being realised over many years and wanted assurance that the works would go ahead as planned in its entirety

The problem as discussed that day with the General Manager and Acting Director of Assets and Works, was confirmed in writing by Council as requested, with the explanation for the delay as follows

  • The detailed design of the streetscape project has been completed and Council had invited tenders for construction.
  • Two tenders were submitted, however, they were deemed nonconforming for several reasons.
  • No contractor has been appointed.
  • Council is currently considering using Council’s internal workforce to deliver the project, but this will require adjustment to an already full construction program.
  • The other option is to re-tender the works.

Council will keep Forum updated when a construction program has been resolved- and say it will be next year before works start

Council assured us that the project remains in the budget for delivery this financial year (2017/18) and that they are committed to achieving that outcome.












Strategic Action Plan News


The Working Party for the Strategic Action Plan have been nominated for a Resilient Australia Community. Award. This is a national program that recognises and promotes initiatives that strengthen community disaster resilience across the nation. The whole community is to be congratulated on their collaboration and contribution to the Plan.

Take a look at the Strategic Action Plan.