Port Stephens Conservation Crew

The Port Stephens Conservation Crew is a new way for Council to engage with our community on all things conservation in Port Stephens.

The Crew will bring people together who are interested in being part of the solution to some of the biodiversity conservation challenges we face. It will offer a space to learn; a place to share; and importantly a place to get involved and make a difference!

Port Stephens really is a unique place, with diverse environments offering a rich collection of ecosystems, and of course the iconic koala.

Sign up and receive updates, invites and ways to support local conservation efforts.

*You can choose to unsubscribe at any time by emailing conservationcrew@portstephens.nsw.gov.au




The Port Stephens Conservation Crew is a new way for Council to engage with our community on all things conservation in Port Stephens.

The Crew will bring people together who are interested in being part of the solution to some of the biodiversity conservation challenges we face. It will offer a space to learn; a place to share; and importantly a place to get involved and make a difference!

Port Stephens really is a unique place, with diverse environments offering a rich collection of ecosystems, and of course the iconic koala.

Sign up and receive updates, invites and ways to support local conservation efforts.

*You can choose to unsubscribe at any time by emailing conservationcrew@portstephens.nsw.gov.au




  • Community invited to have a say about Tomaree Coastal Walk proposal

    20 days ago
    Tomaree

    National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is hosting a community information session for the Tomaree National Park Plan of Management draft amendment including the Draft Tomaree Coastal Walk Strategy, on Wednesday 25 September 2019.

    Hunter Central Coast Branch Director Ms Kylie Yeend said the information session will provide local residents and other stakeholders with another opportunity to review and discuss the proposals with NPWS staff.

    "The community is invited to drop-in anytime form 4:00pm to 7:00pm on Wednesday 25 September 2019 at the Tomaree Library and community centre, Waratah room," Ms Yeend said.

    "NPWS staff will be on hand to...

    National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) is hosting a community information session for the Tomaree National Park Plan of Management draft amendment including the Draft Tomaree Coastal Walk Strategy, on Wednesday 25 September 2019.

    Hunter Central Coast Branch Director Ms Kylie Yeend said the information session will provide local residents and other stakeholders with another opportunity to review and discuss the proposals with NPWS staff.

    "The community is invited to drop-in anytime form 4:00pm to 7:00pm on Wednesday 25 September 2019 at the Tomaree Library and community centre, Waratah room," Ms Yeend said.

    "NPWS staff will be on hand to discuss any questions about the proposal and we welcome all feedback from the community.

    "While the public exhibition period for the draft amendment and coastal walk strategy was extended until 30 September 2019, to provide the community more time to comment, this is not the only consultation opportunity the community will have on the Tomaree Coastal Walk project. the draft master plan and environmental and heritage assessments will also be exhibited for public review ad comment in the coming months and community information sessions will also be held at this time," Ms Yeend said.

    Port Stephens Council is incredibly supportive of this draft Plan of Management and has made a submission to enable the Tomaree Coastal Walk Strategy through the national park estate. The submission includes Council's support for

    • the Tomaree Coastal Walk Strategy
    • the approach to using the National Park estate to provide the necessary support infrastructure for the walk.

    In addition, Council is willing to work with the National Parks and Wildlife Service on planning for support infrastructure for the walk on Council land.

    The community can provide comments for consideration:


    Copies of the draft amendment and coastal walk strategy can be viewed at:

    https://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/topics/parks-reserves-and-protected-areas/park-management/community-engagement/tomaree-national-park-plan-of-management-draft-amendment



  • Aussie Backyard Bird Count

    about 1 month ago
    Bird count

    Connect with the birds in your backyard and help understand our local bird life.

    21-27 October

    Visit the website for more information

    Connect with the birds in your backyard and help understand our local bird life.

    21-27 October

    Visit the website for more information
  • Living Smart Festival

    about 1 month ago
    Living smart

    27-29 September, Speers Point Park

    Get back to basics at the 2019 Living Smart Festival - one of Australia’s largest sustainability events.

    This year’s festival spans three days, including a return of the Feast for the Senses dinner under the stars on Friday evening, featuring local Masterchef contestant Steph De Sousa.

    Saturday’s main event features Gardening Australia host Costa Georgiadis, rewilding workshops including fire-making, bush food and nature games, and theatre performances tackling the increasingly pertinent issue of climate change.

    The native plant giveaway, cooking demonstrations and a ‘wardrobe edit’ by the sisters behind local fashion label High Tea With...

    27-29 September, Speers Point Park

    Get back to basics at the 2019 Living Smart Festival - one of Australia’s largest sustainability events.

    This year’s festival spans three days, including a return of the Feast for the Senses dinner under the stars on Friday evening, featuring local Masterchef contestant Steph De Sousa.

    Saturday’s main event features Gardening Australia host Costa Georgiadis, rewilding workshops including fire-making, bush food and nature games, and theatre performances tackling the increasingly pertinent issue of climate change.

    The native plant giveaway, cooking demonstrations and a ‘wardrobe edit’ by the sisters behind local fashion label High Tea With Mrs Woo are among the other Saturday drawcards.

    The inaugural Sunday Sessions, presented by Hunter Resource Recovery, will feature live music across two stages, food vans and an over-18s bar.

    Visit the website here for more information.
  • Mambo wetlands celebration

    about 1 month ago
    Mambo

    Friday 06/09/2019

    4.00PM - 7.00PM

    Address: Joe Redman Reserve, 127 Foreshore Dr, Salamander Bay NSW 2317

    Cost: Free

    Port Stephens Council invites the community to come and celebrate the natural wonders of Mambo Wetlands.

    Wetland wonders - 4 to 4:30pm

    Hear from ecology experts about what makes Mambo Wetlands so special.

    Break - 4:30pm to 5:30pm

    Dinner will be supplied by the Bao Brothers. This is also a chance to chat with Invasive Species staff and ecology experts.

    Wetland wildlife - 5:30pm to 7pm

    Hear from fauna experts about the amazing inhabitants of the wetlands. There will also be a...

    Friday 06/09/2019

    4.00PM - 7.00PM

    Address: Joe Redman Reserve, 127 Foreshore Dr, Salamander Bay NSW 2317

    Cost: Free

    Port Stephens Council invites the community to come and celebrate the natural wonders of Mambo Wetlands.

    Wetland wonders - 4 to 4:30pm

    Hear from ecology experts about what makes Mambo Wetlands so special.

    Break - 4:30pm to 5:30pm

    Dinner will be supplied by the Bao Brothers. This is also a chance to chat with Invasive Species staff and ecology experts.

    Wetland wildlife - 5:30pm to 7pm

    Hear from fauna experts about the amazing inhabitants of the wetlands. There will also be a guided spotlight walk where we will attempt to find a rare and threatened species, the Wallum froglet.


  • Great Aussie BioQuest

    2 months ago
    Bioquest

    It’s free to join the adventure.

    Celebrate National Science Week this year by playing a game - and competing for your state or territory.

    Have fun, win prizes, and contribute to biodiversity research and education.

    https://www.greataussiebioquest.com/

    It’s free to join the adventure.

    Celebrate National Science Week this year by playing a game - and competing for your state or territory.

    Have fun, win prizes, and contribute to biodiversity research and education.

    https://www.greataussiebioquest.com/
  • Woolworths Junior Landcare Grants

    3 months ago
    Landcare grants

    Landcare Australia is partnering with Woolworths for a second round of Woolworths Junior Landcare Grants. Australian primary schools and early learning centres are invited to apply for project funds of up to $1,000. Over 500 grants will be offered to inspire kids from across the country to get hands-on with projects that focus on sustainable food production, improving waste management practices or enhancing native habitats.

    Apply for a grant for:

    1. a habitat restoration project

    2. planting a bush tucker garden

    3. planting a vegetable garden

    4. running a composting or recycling project

      Applications close: 6 September 2019. Visit the website for more information....

    Landcare Australia is partnering with Woolworths for a second round of Woolworths Junior Landcare Grants. Australian primary schools and early learning centres are invited to apply for project funds of up to $1,000. Over 500 grants will be offered to inspire kids from across the country to get hands-on with projects that focus on sustainable food production, improving waste management practices or enhancing native habitats.

    Apply for a grant for:

    1. a habitat restoration project

    2. planting a bush tucker garden

    3. planting a vegetable garden

    4. running a composting or recycling project

      Applications close: 6 September 2019. Visit the website for more information.



    1. Natural History Illustration - Artist Talk

      3 months ago
      Natural history

      Saturday 03/08/2019

      10.30PM -

      Raymond Terrace Library

      Address: 18A Sturgeon Street Raymond Terrace

      Cost: Free

      Raymond Terrace Art Space (situated within Raymond Terrace Library) will be exhibiting works from students of Natural History Illustration at the University of Newcastle. The exhibition will open on Saturday 3 August at 10.30am with a talk on natural history illustration, followed by artist Arlya talking about her recent natural history illustration project field work in Vanuatu for marine research.

      Morning tea will be provided.


      Saturday 03/08/2019

      10.30PM -

      Raymond Terrace Library

      Address: 18A Sturgeon Street Raymond Terrace

      Cost: Free

      Raymond Terrace Art Space (situated within Raymond Terrace Library) will be exhibiting works from students of Natural History Illustration at the University of Newcastle. The exhibition will open on Saturday 3 August at 10.30am with a talk on natural history illustration, followed by artist Arlya talking about her recent natural history illustration project field work in Vanuatu for marine research.

      Morning tea will be provided.


    2. Empowering Homes consultation - closes 7 August

      3 months ago
      Empowering homes

      The Empowering Homes program is seeking feedback on the proposed program. More information here:

      https://energy.nsw.gov.au/renewables/clean-energy-initiatives/empowering-homes


      The Empowering Homes program is seeking feedback on the proposed program. More information here:

      https://energy.nsw.gov.au/renewables/clean-energy-initiatives/empowering-homes


    3. Come and spot whales and learn all about their migration and behaviour at Whale Tales!

      4 months ago
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      Whale Watching for Landlubbers!

      Come along to our FREE talks where we will help you spot the humpbacks!

      • Boat Harbour (near the Cairn memorial, at the end of the Southern headland) on Saturday 13 July
      • Barry Park, Fingal Bay on Sunday 21 July
      Presented by whale expert & ‘Pride of Australia’ Medal-winner, Jeannie Lawson.

      Once again, whale expert, Jeannie Lawson will tell stories around these majestic creatures as well as help you to spot the humpbacks as they venture north to warmer waters. A community BBQ will be run on the day.

      TALKS AT: 10.30, 11.30, 12.30...

      Whale Watching for Landlubbers!

      Come along to our FREE talks where we will help you spot the humpbacks!

      • Boat Harbour (near the Cairn memorial, at the end of the Southern headland) on Saturday 13 July
      • Barry Park, Fingal Bay on Sunday 21 July
      Presented by whale expert & ‘Pride of Australia’ Medal-winner, Jeannie Lawson.

      Once again, whale expert, Jeannie Lawson will tell stories around these majestic creatures as well as help you to spot the humpbacks as they venture north to warmer waters. A community BBQ will be run on the day.

      TALKS AT: 10.30, 11.30, 12.30 & 1.30

      Contact Council's Natural Resources Team on (02) 4988 0255 for more information.


    4. EPA Community Litter Grants

      4 months ago
      Nsw epa

      Expressions of interest for the Round 5 Community Litter Grants from NSW Environment Protection Authority are now open.

      The grants are open to any not-for-profit, non-government community group that is incorporated.

      There are two streams open: Stream 1 is for local single-community group projects funding $4,000 to $10,000 and Stream 2 is for multi-site and/or multi organisations funding $20,000 to $70,000.

      Round 5 of Community Litter Grants is planned to open from June to August 2019. For more information, visit the website.

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      Expressions of interest for the Round 5 Community Litter Grants from NSW Environment Protection Authority are now open.

      The grants are open to any not-for-profit, non-government community group that is incorporated.

      There are two streams open: Stream 1 is for local single-community group projects funding $4,000 to $10,000 and Stream 2 is for multi-site and/or multi organisations funding $20,000 to $70,000.

      Round 5 of Community Litter Grants is planned to open from June to August 2019. For more information, visit the website.