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About SSEC

Tall Ship compositeThe Sutherland Shire Environment Centre (SSEC) is a totally independent, non-government community organisation. It is an incorporated Association guided by a constitution and governed by a Board elected at the Annual General Meeting by members of the Association. SSEC was set up in 1991 by concerned Shire residents. The objects of SSEC are:

  • to act to defend the environment of the Sutherland Shire and associated bio-regions, by supporting members and local community organisations in their efforts to protect and improve their local areas
  • to develop and conduct enviornmental education initiatives, to encourage behavioural change to achieve a sustainable enviornment in the Sutherland Shire and its bio-regions.

How we help

Between them our members have hundreds of years of campaigning experience and can offer invaluable advice. We can also provide your community group with the administrative infrastructure you might need to achieve your environmental goal (ABN, bank account, tax deductibility). We provide help in setting up websites, email and Facebook. In some cases we pay for meeting room hire, posters, banners.

We can even help you hire a tall ship to cruise Sydney Harbour and draw attention to the need to limit carbon emissions.

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Current board

The 2015-16 board consists of Jenni Gormley (chair) John Nelson (treasurer) Tassia Kolesnikow (secretary) Phil Smith (environmental education) Jonathan Doig (climate change) Ruth Zeibots Roger Bramble Kelly Abeleven   Our patron is R.D. Walshe (OAM) The administrative functions of our organisation are managed by our development officer, Graeme Booth.

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History of SSEC

Every region in Australia needs protecting by an environment centre. This is especially true for Sutherland Shire – because this Shire is the most remarkable local government region in Australia. It is home to a host of threatened natural features: the two great bays, Port Hacking and Botany Bay; three of Sydney’s six rivers, four …

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