South Coast Management Group
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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.

Download SCMG Fact Sheet (1.5Mb) 


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.

Download SCMG RULES (constitution) (252Kb)


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. Current members include:

 Shire of Denmark

City of Albany
Shire of Jerramungup
Shire of Ravensthorpe
Shire of Esperance
NRM Officer, Donna SampeyReserves Officer, Alexandra Tucker CEO, Bill Parker CEO,Ian Fitzgerald 
Environmental Officer, Trish Gardner
Cr Peter CaronCr Sarah Bowles Cr Carolyn Daniels 
Cr Ian GoldfinchCr Lara McIntyre
Cr Ceinwen Gearon vacantCr Julie Leenhouwers Cr Keith Dunlop Cr Rob Horan
 Jenny Brenton Brad Kneebone
 Anne Gadsby
 Bill Auburn vacant
 Helen Heydenrych Tony Harrison
 vacantDon Lansdown vacant

SCMG's Committee of Management consists of the elected Chair (Bill Auburn), Vice-Chair (Don Lansdown), Secretary (Alexandra Tucker) and Treasurer (Dawn Pedro).


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 (SCNRM);
  • Department of Planning (DoP) and Coastwest;
  • Department of Parks and Wildlife (DPaW);
  • Department of Water (DoW);
  • Department of Indigenous Affairs (DIA); and
  • Department of Agriculture and Food (DAFWA).

Peripheral interest is also taken by Great Southern Development Commission (GSDC), Goldfields/Esperance Development Commission (GEDC) and tourism and aboriginal organisations within the region.


Where do we work?

SCMG works along ~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.


SCMG member Local Government areas