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An eco-friendly welcome

Welcome to EcoNetwork Port Stephens, a not-for-profit 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.

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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.

Our Network in Action

EcoNetwork reaffirms its commitment to First Nations Peoples

EcoNetwork reaffirms its commitment to First Nations Peoples of Australia EcoNetwork Post Stephens believes rightful recognition of, and genuine reconciliation with, First Nations Peoples is fundamental to protecting nature in …   Read more

Let’s walk ‘n’ talk about birds – with Neil Fraser

By Nigel Dique, one of the walkers (and talkers). Photos by Colin Sheringham. What is most surprising about bushwalking in Salamander Bay is the number and variety of birds you …   Read more

Our Members in Action – Walter Lamond

By Alison Rogers, Secretary EcoNetwork. Photos: Henk Tobbe. Over 60 people attended Walter Lamond’s book launch last month at the Tomaree Library. His book is titled Reflecting on Landcare and …   Read more

Why is an Indigenous Voice to Parliament so important?

EcoNetwork Port Stephens Executive Committee. On Wednesday 31 August, the date for the long-awaited referendum on an Indigenous Voice to Parliament was announced by the PM and on Saturday 14 …   Read more

Media Release – Save Wallaroo State Forest!

Media Release – Save Wallaroo State Forest! Another Quarry in Port Stephens is too much for any Koala to bear! A coalition of community groups met in Raymond Terrace on …   Read more

Yellow-tailed black cockatoo - Photo © Mat Spillard

EcoUpdate Highlights

How to beat ‘rollout rage’: the environment-versus-climate battle dividing regional Australia

In August, Victoria’s Planning Minister Sonya Kilkenny made a decision that could set a difficult precedent for Australia’s effort to get to net-zero emissions by 2050.   Read more

How native bees could help save Australian agriculture

How native bees could help save Australian agriculture Dr Anne Dollin, Australian Native Bee Research Centre The situation so far Varroa Mites, a devastating parasite of European honeybees, were discovered …   Read more

EcoUpdate: November 2023

November’s EcoUpdate includes thought-provoking articles such as the Green vs Green dilemma, as well as our usual mix of local issues and happenings.   Read more

Clean ‘n’ Cruise News!

Clean ‘n’ Cruise News! An Olympian, an explosives expert, and a nurse walk onto a boat. No joke! No pun, but there was a bunch of muddy fun. These are …   Read more

Will State Forests become quarries?

Will State Forests become quarries? Many of our members and colleagues have been busy writing submissions and campaigning against the proposed Stone Ridge Quarry expansion into Wallaroo State Forest. Firstly …   Read more

Sustainable Living

Caring for Country – with a cool burn

Read about this special Caring for Country event where we learned about the benefits of a culturally-informed cool burn – a low-intensity fire designed to improve land health, re-establish appropriate fire regimes, and reduce the risk and impact of wildfires.   Read more

Hunter Offshore Wind Farms – questions and answers

Are we having a rational debate about offshore wind? Will wind farms impact marine life? Can we trust the assessment process? For these and other questions, read our FAQs page.   Read more

Staying cool and healthy at home in an El Niño summer

Find out more about installing cost-effective retrofits, updating appliances, creating an efficient one-room Cool Retreat and simple adaptations to stay cool and survive heatwaves.   Read more

Innovation Roadshow Comes to Port Stephens

This event was attended by Renew Hunter Branch members and supported by Port Stephens Council which recognises the contribution of local businesses to global innovative solutions.   Read more

Have your say on EV Charging

Have your say on EV charging in Port Stephens By …   Read more