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An eco-friendly welcome

Welcome to EcoNetwork Port Stephens, a not-for-profit, apolitical and 100% volunteer-run organisation dedicated to the interest of all who treasure and want to preserve the natural beauty and biodiversity of our Port Stephens estuary, peninsulas and rural hinterland.

Port Stephens contains diverse landscapes including native forests, sand dunes, mangroves and wetlands as well as unique offshore reefs, islands and marine habitats. Our local community has the challenge to protect these natural assets from the ongoing pressures of unsustainable development, tourism and water-based activities.

EcoNetwork Port Stephens, in partnership with many local affiliated groups and businesses, is also closely involved with current statewide, national and global environmental emergencies such as habitat destruction, climate change and plastic pollution.

Join us and enjoy sharing your experiences, expanding your knowledge and contributing to the healthy and happy environment that is Port Stephens.

What’s new?

Our Network in Action

Are NSW Marine Sanctuaries under threat?

The NSW Government recently released the ‘NSW Mainland Marine Park Network – Draft Management Plan 2021 – 2031’ for public comment. What are the threats to be concerned about? We share our views on what needs to be done.   Read more

Tracking the sun – Solar on the go

When EcoNetwork member Neil Ritchie retired, his first project was to build a portable sun tracking solar panel for his camper trailer. Find out how …   Read more

STOP poisoning our wildlife

Earlier this year, many of us signed a petition organised by Birdlife Australia demanding that an application by the New South Wales Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI) to use …   Read more

Boomerang Park Group represented in indigenous artwork

Telling the story of how Boomerang Park Preservation Group based in Raymond Terrace is represented in Indigenous artwork. Local artist, Peter Kafer, played a significant role in helping establish the Group in 2015.   Read more

Securing Tomaree’s Biodiversity

Thirteen community groups based on the Tomaree Peninsula came together and submitted a significant proposal to protect the habitat corridor linking Tomaree National Park, Tilligerry Nature Reserve and Mambo Wetlands.   Read more

EcoUpdate highlights

Hawks Nest paradise under threat

Hawks Nest is a quiet seaside town on the NSW mid-coast with a population of just 1200 residents. In 2002, the town was declared an Aboriginal Site of Significance due to …   Read more

Ask Bunnings to ditch bird-killing poisons

Your action to ban bird killing rat and mice poisons is having an impact! Can you help us step it up? Second Generation Anticoagulant Rodenticides (SGARs) poison birds of prey …   Read more

Hunter Region Botanic Gardens

The Hunter Region Botanic Gardens on the Pacific Highway at Heatherbrae has reopened to fully vaccinated visitors and the new calendar of events includes a nocturnal wildlife spotlight walk on …   Read more

Watch and listen for this remarkable bird

Tomaree Peninsula birdwatcher, Neil Fraser, contacted EcoNetwork to enquire if any of our members may have spotted, or heard, the unusual and elusive Bush Stone-curlew.   Read more

The future of our beaches: erosion and artificial reefs

The future of our beaches: erosion and artificial reefs By Iain Watt, Marine Scientist and President, EcoNetwork. The iconic beaches of Port Stephens have taken a hammering this year, from …   Read more

Sustainable Living

Sustainable Futures Festival – 15 May 2022

EcoNetwork’s inaugural Sustainable Futures Festival is being held on 15 May 2022. We hope our wonderful community of Port Stephens and visitors from far and wide will take part in this special event.   Read more

Living with and charging an EV

Every household’s vehicle needs are different and EcoNetwork members, Les and Anne Pinney, describe their experience owning and charging their battery electric vehicle.   Read more

COP26 – what happened?

Climate Action Port Stephens member, Andrea Barnett, shares some highlights (and lowlights) of COP26. We also look at international research including connections between climate change and COVID-19.   Read more

Caravanners on the move – managing wastewater

Responsible wastewater management is an important part of caravanning to protect public and environmental health. Peter Rogers outlines the nature of caravan wastewater and options for best practice disposal.   Read more

Renew your Energy with Enova

Do you want an energy provider that doesn’t invest in coal, gas, or oil?
How about one whose profits stay in Australia and are reinvested here? EcoNetwork has partnered with Enova who work with communities to generate and share their own renewable energy.   Read more