Port Stephens Conservation Crew

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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




  • Bird watching competition

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    02 June, 2020
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    Hunter Local Land Services is looking for citizen scientists to monitor our most vulnerable birds after the long drought and wide-spread bushfires. Help Hunter Local Land Services to understand how they are coping, by monitoring the birds at your place during World Migratory Bird Month.

    Our region hosts an array of important habitat for a range of threatened and vulnerable birds. Birds are an indicator of landscape health, so understanding more about them, and where they are, assists species conservation and landscape based restoration programs, even more so after recent drought and bushfire impacts.

    You can register any time up to 5 June. For more information visit lls.nsw.gov.au.

  • NSW 20-Year Waste Strategy

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    04 May, 2020

    The management of waste and recycling is one of our most pressing environmental and social challenges. It is a service we all rely on each and every day. The sector is undergoing significant change due to shifts in domestic and global markets, as well as community expectation about what happens to their waste. There is an opportunity for NSW to lead the way in waste reduction, recycling and protecting our environment.

    Visit this page to learn more and contribute your ideas.

  • Birds in Backyards

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    20 April, 2020
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    Birds in Backyards

    Birds in Backyards is a research, education and conservation program that was developed in response to the loss of small native birds from our parks and gardens, the rapid expansion of our urban landscape and the consequent loss of habitat for native birds.

    Building on BirdLife Australia’s two decades of national monitoring and education by the Birds in Backyards project, and data gathered in the annual Aussie Backyard Bird Count, our Urban Birds Conservation Action Plan is bringing together partners including architects, urban planners, developers, local government, academics, educators and conservation organisations to improve urban biodiversity.

    You may not know it, but there’s a lot you can do for our feathered friends from the comfort of your own home — from creating a bird-friendly garden to submitting a quarterly seasonal survey — you can make a difference by taking action in your own backyard.

    Get involved in our seasonal surveys

    Just one 20-minute survey each quarter provides us with vital information. Our seasonal surveys run all year round. Getting started is easy:

    Not only is submitting a survey a fun activity that connects you with your environment, you can also win great prizes! Each quarter there will be a different challenge, complete the challenge and you could win a custom flock print from the very talented Eggpicnic. So, what are you waiting for?!

    Create a bird-friendly garden

    Birds need a home to live, breed and bring up their families. This means food, shelter, water and nesting sites, which are normally provided within their natural environments. But what about in urban areas — how can we help provide suitable habitat in our own backyards, parks, bush reserves and even wider communities? Click on the links to find out more.

  • Ernest Hardes Memorial Scholarship – Hunter Organic Growers Society

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    20 April, 2020

    Are you a young tertiary student currently studying Horticulture, Agriculture, Permaculture or a related qualification in the Hunter Region? Applications are now open for the first year of the Ernest Hardes Memorial Scholarship.

    The scholarship includes biodynamic and Permaculture courses, short courses from local organic producers, farm experience and more. An initiative of Hunter Organic Growers Society, with generous support from Purple Pear Farm, Limestone Permaculture & Little Hill Farm.

    For more information visit hunterorganicgrowerssociety.org.au. Applications close 30 May.

  • Empowering Homes solar battery loan offer

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    20 April, 2020

    The NSW Government will help homeowners in specific postcodes in the Hunter region access interest-free loans to install solar battery systems. These systems provide clean, renewable energy and can help you cut your energy bills.

    Eligible households can get an interest-free loan of up to:

    • $14,000 towards a solar PV and battery system (repayable over a range of terms up to 8 years), or
    • $9000 towards retrofitting a battery system to an existing solar PV system (repayable over a range of terms up to 10 years).

    For more information visit energysaver.nsw.gov.au or call Service NSW on 13 77 88.

  • Adventures at your place

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    20 April, 2020
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    Hunter Local Land Services has created a fun weekly activity series to explore your backyard and your local bushland or creek.

    Adventures at your place will encourage kids to discover, learn about and enjoy their piece of the landscape puzzle, with a new activity posted every week. You may be asked to research, observe, experiment and collect things that help you discover and learn about your local landscape.
    Post your photos on the Hunter Local Land Services Facebook page Facebook.com/HunterLLS or email your pictures to jane.lloyd-jones@lls.nsw.gov.au.


  • Celebrate World Wetlands Day

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    29 January, 2020
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    Mambo Wanda Wetlands Conservation Group

    invites you to a walking tour through Mambo Wetlands to celebrate World Wetlands Day.

    When: Sunday 2nd February from 8am

    Where: Port Stephens Drive, Salamander Bay.

    What: Bring water, wear covered shoes, hats, sunscreen & bug spray.

    Register: phone 0422 261 057, numbers are limited for tours at 8am, 9am & 10am.


  • Survival Kit for Native Animals

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    17 December, 2019
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    With the hot dry weather set to worsen this week, we have put together some simple ideas you can do to help our native wildlife get through the Christmas period.

    1. Leave out dishes or tubs of water – keep it shallow or include twigs or rocks so animals can get in and out easily.

    2. Build a next box or birdhouse. Encourage wildlife to reside in safe areas by providing a shelter from predators and pets. With the loss of many trees and other habitat due to fire, a nest box close to water is a great option for our possums and birds this summer.

    3. Keep dogs and cats indoors – not only will this help keep your pets safe and cool, it will enable our native wildlife better access to your backyard for food, water and shelter.

    4. Look out for distressed wildlife – If you see an animal injured or suffering please contact your local Vet or call Hunter Wildlife Rescue, WIRES, Wildfire A.R.C, or WINC (hover over group names for web link).

    If you have found an animal who is visibly distressed wrap the animal loosely in cloth and place them in a cardboard box, before placing the box in a dark, quiet, and cool place.

    Distressed animals may appear confused and lethargic and not move away quickly (or at all) if startled. Nocturnal animals such as possums, sugar gliders and certain bird species will be close to the ground during daylight hours if they are distressed. Kangaroos and wallabies may be found lying down.

    5. Prepare an emergency kit to keep in your car including water, a blanket/towel, and a box — and save a few local wildlife rescue or veterinary contacts in your phone so that you can ring for advice if you need it.

    Tip: Marsupials may be carrying young in their pouches! Have a look if you have rescued an adult animal.

    6. Consider making a donation to one of our local wildlife groups – these wonderful people are working tirelessly to save local species impacted by drought, fire and heatwaves. If you can spare some funds this Christmas consider donating to your local group or wildlife carer. You could possibly supply goods such as blankets, syringes, pillow cases and other medical supplies. However, be sure to check in with them first to see what they might need.

    If you would like any further information contact PSC's Environmental Officer on email –jessica.morris@portstephens.nsw.gov.au
  • Real Film Festival

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    27 November, 2019
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  • Hunter Valley Flood Mitigation Scheme Review - Community consultation workshops

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    27 November, 2019
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    The Hunter Valley Flood Mitigation Scheme review is increasing the community's resilience to flooding by engaging with the community on their future flood risks.

    Workshops are being held on the following dates at these locations:

    • Singleton: Wednesday 4 December 5.30pm–7.30pm – Charbonnier Hotel Singleton: 44 Maitland Rd (New England Hwy), Singleton NSW 2330
    • Raymond Terrace: Thursday 5 December 10am–12pm – Raymond Terrace Community and Senior Citizens Hall, Boomerang Park 17E Irrawang St, Raymond Terrace NSW 2324
    • Maitland: Thursday 5 December 4pm–6pm – Maitland Town Hall, 281 High St Maitland NSW 2320

    Tea, coffee and refreshments provided.

    Register here