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EcoNetwork and its affiliated community groups are all run by volunteers. Would you like to get involved and …

  • help restore our dune systems
  • learn about our marine environment
  • protect our wetlands
  • save koala habitat
  • attract bees to your garden
  • contribute to local planning policies
  • set up a sustainable neighbourhood … and more!

Please contact EcoNetwork or the affiliate group that most appeals to you – below are some of our current needs and specific volunteer work.

Pictures for our website and e-newsletter

Do you enjoy taking photographs of our beautiful Port Stephens landscapes, plants and wildlife? Would you like to share them on our website and in EcoUpdate?

We also need someone to help with sourcing images for specific articles. For more info, contact Ewa at

Sustainable Futures Festival 2022

EcoNetwork is holding its inaugural Sustainable Futures Festival in 2022 and a volunteer digital coordinator is needed to assist with marketing.

This volunteer role may be suitable for anyone digitally savvy with an interest in the environment and/or some knowledge of marketing & communications. We would like the person to:

  • Set up a new festival instagram account and possibly other social media platforms such as tiktok or twitter. EcoNetwork already has facebook and YouTube accounts.
  • Contribute creative ideas around digital graphics for these platforms.
  • Work with the festival committee to develop promotional content.
  • Post regularly on social media platforms.
  • Monitor social media activity and advise the committee of marketing opportunities.
  • Attend planning meetings if required.

Timeframe: April – September 2022, for approx 1 hour per week, more time likely required nearer the festival date.

Contact Kathy at if you are interested or need more information.

Tomaree Ratepayers and Residents Association (TRRA) needs volunteers in the following roles:

  • to assist with writing and releasing media statements on current issues.
  • to manage content and updates on the TRRA website.

For more information, please contact

Do you have experience or interest in planning issues? Why not join TRRAs planning team. Volunteers currently needed to help the team to:

  • monitor local development proposals 
  • assist with submissions

For more information, please contact

Hunter Botanic Gardens are looking for volunteers

The Hunter Botanic Gardens are a valuable community asset and if you’re interested in plants and good company, please consider joining their volunteer team. Here are some jobs they need help with:

  • Join a gardening team in one of the theme gardens
  • Help out in the conservation area
  • Propagate plants in the nursery
  • Take visitors on guided tours
  • Help out in the Kookaburra Café
  • Assist with admin in the office
  • Maintain the pathways and equipment.

Days and hours are flexible. Please call the office on 4987 1655 or email

Friends of Tomaree National Park working bees

FoTNP carry out regular bush regeneration including:

  • helping to manage significant weeds
  • supporting threatened species work
  • undertaking wildlife surveys 
  • caring for special plantings.
  • And we like to enjoy ourselves!

Join Sue and the North Tomaree team on the 1st Tuesday, 2nd Saturday and/or the 3rd Thursday each month. Or at Fishermans Bay with Josephine on the 1st Saturday or 3rd Tuesday each month.

Please contact Sue or Josephine at to get involved or for more information.