About the South Coast Environment Centre (SCEC)

We are a non-profit community hub that supports local, ecologically sustainable, natural resource management. We achieve this through providing:

  • information about environmental issues.
  • community capacity building events and activities.
  • educational programs for sustainable living.
  • community engagement and networking opportunities.
  • collaborative processes for local NRM groups.
  • forums for Aboriginal consultation opportunities for program partnerships.

Located in central Victor Harbor, the South Coast Environment Centre Inc. (SCEC) is a non-profit organisation that supports Natural Resource Management information and initiatives within the region.  The Centre opened in 2012 and provides a focal point for the community to obtain information on natural resources, such as recycling, weed management, biodiversity and conservation and land management through a wide range of free info and resources. We moved to our current location in Coral Street in February 2017 giving more room and a shop-front location making it more easily accessible provides a meeting space for local groups.

The South Coast Environment Centre is managed by a committee comprising of volunteers elected from the local community and is run by a part time coordinator. The Coordinator organises movies, forums and workshops on matters of interest to the local community, works with voluntary groups to promote and assist with their activities, provides training and supervision for volunteers, education, works on special projects, networks with other natural resource centres and advisors in the provision of referral services.

Management Committee

Anita Leak

has been involved in the Centre since its inception in 2012 as the Victor Harbor Natural Resource Centre. Anita is a retired teacher, moving to live in Victor Harbor nine years ago. Since moving to....


I have been on the management committee of SCEC since its inception in 2012. This came about after I had attended several workshops facilitated by Wendy White from the Normanville Centre. Her enthu....


Being involved with Trees for Life opened the door to the flora of South Australia for Bill, my husband and I. Here on the South Coast there are many people with a marvellous knowledge of the flora....


I have been a Port Elliot resident part time for more than 20 years, and permanent for last 4 years when I retired after 41 years in finance. I’m married, with 2 children and 4 grandchildren. I ....

Marilyn Henderson

is a semi-retired scientist. I have a degree in Agricultural Science, a PhD in Animal Science and a Graduate Diploma in Environmental Studies. I am passionate about the sustainability of our enviro....

Aza Newland

I recently joined the SCEC committee in 2017; however, previously I was involved in the Market of Earthy Delights-Veggie Swap committee (also supported by the SCEC). Growing up in a resourceful ho....

Lynn Trenorden

Lynn was born and raised in the Adelaide Hills. Both his mother’s and father’s families were early settlers in and around the Summertown and Uraidla district. The Trenordens had an orchard growi....

The SCEC services a diverse region, from the Murray River in Goolwa and incorporating the entire south coast region to Cape Jervis and somewhat inland from here.

We support and have information on many local action groups such as Inman River Catchment Landcare Group, Bush for Life, Coast Care, Friends groups including Nangawooka, and Newland Head Conservation Park among others, and involved in animal conservation projects such as the Hooded Plovers, Southern Brown Bandicoots and Western Pygmy Possums.

A Few Things We do

Recycling program

The South Coast Environment Centre provides a drop-off point for some of those items that cannot be put into the domestic recycling bin. Items we take are spent printer cartridges, old mobile phones, batteries, Colgate tooth care products (eg old toothbrushes, toothpaste & floss containers), Dolce Gusto Coffee pods and only genuine Nespresso-branded coffee pods. Come into the Centre at Coral Street in Victor Harbor (opposite The Grosvenor Hotel) with your items for recycling.

Members' library

The Centre has an on-site library that is available for members to borrow books and DVDs about environmental issues, including sustainable living, land management, water resources management, marine issues and native plants and animals. There is also a large number of free pamphlets available to the community on these topics.

Movies & Workshops

Regular workshops, talks, events and movies relating to the environment and sustainability are regularly held throughout the year. Movies are held at the Victa Cinema on a variety of topics; recent ones have included: Sonic Sea; Quolls: Fast and Furious; One Man, One Cow, One Planet - and more are always planned. Workshops include those on learning more about our local wildlife, such as: Small Mammals of the Fleurieu; Native Frogs, and all about Bees. Or on activities such as Kombucha-making, or introduction to aromatherapy, or learning about Green walls.... We also hold Bird and native flora walks and talks in local areas for interested people, among others. Keep checking the events page for details for forthcoming events.

Environmental Education

The Environment Centre hosts a variety of environmental education activities, ranging from workshops and talks for members and the general public, to providing specific talks to local community groups on request or schools, colleges or higher education activities. For example, the coordinator recently provided a series of environmental education sessions to a college who were visiting Middleton for two weeks of camps enjoying varied outdoor activities. These provided information and activities for the students to do, such as collecting rubbish on their walks to and from the beach, photographing and sharing on line through the ‘Take 3 for the Sea’ campaign and determining what could have been recycled, what harm could have been done with each item and who might be affected.