The Coastwatchers Association Inc. is the leading community environmental and conservation group serving the South Coast of NSW, principally in the Shire of Eurobodalla between Narooma and Batemans Bay.

Welcome to our website. We aim to provide information and resources in this website such that it can be used as a significant community resource. We welcome comments or suggested improvements (click the envelope icon on the right to email).

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South Coast Conservationists Reject NSW Government Propaganda on Rotten Forest Deals (AKA Regional Forest Agreements)

Coastwatchers, Eurobodalla Shire’s largest conservation group, has rejected as complete nonsense the recent attempts by the NSW Department of Primary industries (DPI) to defend the existing Regional Forest Agreements and proposed 20 year extensions as ecologically sustainable and economically responsible. Continue reading

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Letter to the Editor of The Beagle re Gold Mine Tailings Dam Collapse

Please click here to read the letter, dated March 11th 2018, on the Beagle website.

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Court finds NSW Government land-clearing laws invalid

The Land and Environment Court today ruled the NSW Government’s land-clearing laws invalid because they were made unlawfully. Continue reading

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CW Submission to ESC re No Investments is Fossil Fuel Industries – March 7th 2018

Submission to Eurobodalla Shire Council.
Amended Investment Policy   Ref. No. EOO4623
Due date Wednesday 7th March 2018

Coastwatchers supports and endorses Council’s policy to exit investment in fossil fuel industries.

Coastwatchers urges all Councillors to vote for the Amended Investment Policy, to support “investing with financial institutions that do not invest in, or finance the fossil fuel industry”.

We recognise that it is not desirable to delay this decision, however, we are growing increasingly concerned about logging industry proposals under new long term Regional Forestry Agreements to use native forests for feedstock to power stations and domestic heating, euphemistically described as biomass for renewable (clean) energy. Continue reading

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President’s Report 2017 AGM

The 2017 AGM was held at Tomakin Community Hall on October 28th 2017.

It is with pleasure that I welcome members and friends today.

In the 2016-2017 financial year we have held 6 Coastwatchers committee meetings. Though technically outside that in August, the Moruya Forest Forum was arguably a high point with an attendance of around 100 members and friends. This was a timely event in light of the recent renewed interest in logging the forests of Batemans Bay and Mogo. Continue reading

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“Predetermined Outcome” prompts green groups to ditch NSW forest talks – Sydney Morning Herald

Please click here to read the article on the SMH website.

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Coastal Management Report Feb 9th 2018

Please note that the reports formerly called CEMAC Reports in the Coastwatchers website will from now be called Coastal Management Reports.


The NSW Government is working to deliver a new legislative and regulatory framework to better equip coastal communities to respond to existing and emerging coastal challenges and opportunities. Continue reading

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Media Release Feb 14th 2018 – South Coast Conservationists Rally Against Rotten Forest Deals (Regional Forest Agreements)

Coastwatchers, other conservation groups and supporters are today rallying at Batemans Bay to protest plans by the Turnbull and Berejiklian governments to lock up 2 million hectares of public forests, hand them over to big business like the Eden Wood Chip Mill and throw away the key. Continue reading

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UPDATE: Alert! Save the Forests – Batemans Bay Forest Rally and ‘Drop In’ on DPI – Donate your lunch hour on 14 Feb 2018

Dear Coastwatchers Members and Friends

As promised here is an update on action in Batemans Bay next Wednesday 14 February 2018 (see below if you missed this ).

RFA Community Consultation Drop In (aka GreenWash) – Coachhouse Marina Resort 49 beach Road Batemans Bay12.30pm to 2.00pm Wednesday 14 February 2018 Continue reading

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Thank You to outgoing Committee members

The Coastwatchers association committee for 2017/2018 wishes to acknowledge and thank John Perkins, John Stowar and Richard Roberts who stepped down from the committee at the 2017 AGM.

They have given generously of their time in submission writing, newsletters, administration and advocacy in progressing the aims of Coastwatchers Association Inc. over recent years.

Their efforts are much appreciated by the membership of the Association and the committee.

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