Happy Eucalypt Day Everyone!
We hope you enjoy this month’s news and views from around Port Stephens. Why not start planning for a community micro-forest in your neck of the woods? See below for more details.
The Autumn events calendar is filling up fast – scroll down to see a smorgasbord of tantalising treats online or in the flesh.
Listen to the Voices of Woodville and Wallalong
EcoNetwork and VOWW member, Marguerite Ritchie, shares with us serious concerns that more and more farmland is being carved off into smaller lots making it possible for rezoning – threatening local livelihoods as well as 268 hollow-bearing trees and 95 koala feed trees on the site.
Shorebirds of Port Stephens – an introduction
Sustainable Futures Festival
A festival of inspiration, innovation & conversation
St Philip’s Christian College, Salamander Bay
11 September 2022
We hope you don’t mind waiting a little longer for EcoNetwork’s inaugural festival – we have a new date, a new venue and are thrilled to welcome our major new partner Hunter Region Landcare Network!
This Festival is supported by Hunter Local Land Services through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.
Hands up if you feed wild birds in your garden?
A helping hand at Kingsley Headland
Join the Friends of Tomaree National Park to help rejuvenate Kingsley Headland. Come for one or both mornings, on Friday 8 and Saturday 9 April 2022. Bookings are necessary so reserve your spot today
This is a great opportunity to help repair environmental damage on the site, not only in removing highly invasive weeds, but also planting in the vicinity. And what better way to meet up with other caring people, outdoors in a safe airy environment.
How will the Endangered listing save koalas?
Last month EcoNetwork welcomed – with reservations – the Australian government’s decision to upgrade the conservation status of koalas from vulnerable to endangered in NSW, the ACT and Queensland.
‘The real test is whether government and local councils are prepared to refuse development applications that threaten to destroy koala habitat and corridors‘ said EcoNetwork president Iain Watt.
EcoNetwork’s special interest group, Koala Koalition, was also cautiously optimistic. Carmel Northwood said that ‘the NSW State government is policy-bound to adopt the federal decision on the listing, but will also need legislative backing for any realistic change to occur.’
Enova Energy receives 5-star green ranking
Greenpeace has ranked Enova Energy, EcoNetwork’s favoured electricity retailer, equal first among 48 suppliers in its 2022 Green Electricity Guide.
Anyone switching their energy supplier to Enova will help EcoNetwork Port Stephens with its grass-roots projects and campaigns. Each customer making the switch just needs to use the code EcoNetwork50 when they sign up and Enova will contribute $50 to EcoNetwork.
Get involved: Finding diverse new members and being inclusive
Update – Tomaree Biodiversity Corridor
Issued by the National Parks Association of NSW
Last year we joined with EcoNetwork Port Stephens and 10 other community organisations to request the Minister for the Environment, Matt Kean MP, to secure the transfer of almost 500 ha of unmanaged Crown land to Tomaree National Park. The proposal forms a logical east-west connection between Tomaree NP and Tilligerry Nature Reserve.
In his reply, the Minister indicated that the land is currently subject to undetermined Aboriginal land claims, and that the Government generally does not deal in land subject to a claim. However, he also indicated that an interest has been expressed in adding certain land at Fisherman’s Bay to Tomaree NP, which is currently held by the NSW Land and Housing Corporation. The Minister has asked NPWS to follow this matter up. Source: Nature News Hunter Region | 2022 No. 1 | 23 Feb
- National Eucalypt Day 25 March
- Hunter Botanic Gardens NSW Seniors Festival 25 March – 3 April 2022 – see flyer
- Great Glossy Count Saturday 26 March – citizen science event taking place across the distribution of the south-eastern glossy black-cockatoo in NSW, Queensland, ACT and Victoria.
- Earth Hour 2022: 8.30PM Saturday 26 March – SHAPE OUR FUTURE
- Come Walk Maiangal Traditional Country – Sunday 27 March – Stony Ridge Reserve
- Hunter Valley Electric Vehicle Festival – Wednesday 30 March – Tighes Hill Newcastle.
- Dragon Dreaming Festival 2022 and Regrowth Tree Planting Festival. 1-4 April in Wee Jasper.
- Sydney Tiny Home Expo – 1-3 April
- Rejuvenate Kingsley Headland 8-9 April – Boat Harbour. Reserve your place today.
- Plant Collectors Fair 9-10 April in Clarendon, NW Sydney. Delight your senses with plant growers, creatives, sculptors and foodies.
- Come Walk Maiangal Traditional Country – Sunday 24 April- Native Gardens to Little Beach
- Electric Dreams Exhibition at the Brisbane Showgrounds. 2 – 3 July 2022. Focuses exclusively on the highly lucrative world of future living – off the grid!
- Here’s another a dip into nature at Mambo Wetlands: Watch the NEW video here
- Australian Geographic: What are the effects on wildlife during flooding and how can you help?
- NSW and Queensland flooded the same week a major climate report was released. We need to talk about it
- How to build a home and community micro-forest in 8 steps
- Children’s climate change case overturned on appeal as Federal Court dismisses government’s ‘duty of care’
- NSW State of the Environment Report
- Changes to housing energy regulation in the National Construction Code 2022
EcoNetwork Port Stephens
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Our Purpose: To support our members and to educate and advocate on environmental issues that impact Port Stephens communities.