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Twenty years of environmental advocacy

EcoNetwork-Port Stephens is celebrating its 20th anniversary (1993-2013) with a review of functions, modus operandi and progress.

“We acknowledge the vital role of affiliates and members – particularly the original 12 affiliated bodies that made the network possible in 1992-93,” says acting coordinator Darrell Dawson.

“The work of EcoNetwork’s affiliated groups from 1993 to the present has been exemplary,” he says.

“The groups have been corner-stone of the network in providing the broad community foundation on which the network depends.

“Some the more extensive campaigns have included those against destructive mineral sand mining and for wildlife protection and rescue, vegetation and habitat conservation, feral animal controls, establishment of Tilligerry Habitat, extension of Tomaree National Park, protection of estuary commons from pearl farms, and establishment of a Port Stephens-Great Lakes Marine Park.”

As part of the review, EcoNetwork is seeking input and advice from affiliates and members on ways to improve communication as part of future planning.

Darrell has flagged the resumption of the newsletter ‘Up-Date’ on environmental issues and policy.

The way forward will be further discussed at EcoNetwork’s general meeting on 22 March at the Tomaree Community Centre.