EcoNetwork Port Stephens is a conservation, sustainability and natural heritage network.
EcoNetwork has proactive policies that help protect and conserve terrestrial and marine habitats.
Being proactive has led to many initiatives including:
- expansion of Tomaree National Park from 896 hectares to 2274 hectares
- conservation of diverse wildlife habitat, now Mambo & Wanda Wetlands Reserve
- marine waterways protection with six vessel sewerage pump-out systems
- early advocacy for a Port Stephens/Great Lakes Marine Park (2006)
- Port Stephens Council Energy Smart Homes Program
- representation on local council and state government consultation and advisory bodies
- formation of the Shoal Bay Community Association and similar community groups.
Main policy directions
EcoNetwork has a number of key areas in which we focus.
The key issues including support for:
- conservation of terrestrial and marine ecosystems in national parks and marine sanctuaries
- sustainable urban planning, retaining natural context, natural assets and sense of place
- renewable energy alternatives to fossil fuels with a just transition to carbon reduction
- environmentally responsible and socially useful investment for ecological sustainability.
Through the numerous members and affiliates, our Network spans a wide cross-section of the Port Stephens community.
EcoNetwork has a strong community focus on:
- unifying members, affiliates, communities and their organisations who have shared ecological values, common interests and objectives.
- elevating awareness within local communities about ecological values, sustainability and related social issues.
- facilitating meetings and forums on sustainable urban planning and informing about developments that threaten nature conservation.