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Here is some of the Latest News from around Port Stephens and our recent Submissions on issues of local significance. Below are also our Media Releases and Our Network in Action.

Sustainable Futures Festival announces guest speaker

We are excited to announce Professor Veena Sahajwalla, the 2022 NSW Australian of the Year as special guest speaker at the Sustainable Futures Festival.   Read more

Sustainable Futures Festival – 11 September 2022

EcoNetwork’s inaugural Sustainable Futures Festival is being held on 11 September 2022. We hope our wonderful community of Port Stephens and visitors from far and wide will take part in this special event.   Read more

The aRRRRRt Awards

Sustainable Futures Festival – The aRRRRRt Awards A special collaboration between EcoNetwork Port Stephens and Artisan Collective presents the aRRRRRt Awards. These awards encourage artists to put the R into …   Read more

NSW Parliamentary Inquiry into Speed limits and road safety in regional NSW

EcoNetwork Port Stephens Koala Koalition welcomes the opportunity to comment on the Inquiry’s work on speed limits and road safety in regional NSW. With a variety of major and minor roads intersecting nd fragmenting) koala habitat leading to ongoing koala vehicle strikes, KKEPS urges the Inquiry to consider how a change in driver behaviour and a reduction in speed might benefit remaining koala populations, and consider which road infrastructure options safely enable rather than limit habitat connectivity in already fragmented habitats.   Read more

792 Seaham Rd submission – March 2022

The Koala Koalition EcoNetwork Port Stephens (KKEPS ) supports the objection submittedby VOWW – Voice of Woodville and Wallalong. The proposal for rezoning of 792 Seaham Road as shown in …   Read more

Submission: Eco-tourist facility, 58 Gan Gan Rd

KKEPS submits that the proposed development should be refused, for similar reasons given in 90 submissions (mostly objecting) to the previous DA (2019-643). We submit the following reasons…   Read more

EcoNetwork Gala evening launches Sustainable Futures Festival

On Saturday 4 June, the eve of World Environment Day, over 120 guests gathered at EcoNetwork Port Stephen’s Gala Dinner, to launch the Sustainable Futures Festival.   Read more

Gala Dinner

Gala Dinner to launch the Sustainable Futures Festival – Media Release 12 May 2022 EcoNetwork Port Stephens invites you to the launch of the inaugural Sustainable Futures Festival at a …   Read more

‘Endangered’ listing of koalas welcomed with reservations

EcoNetwork Port Stephens has 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.   Read more

World Wetlands Day at Mambo-Wanda Wetlands

Mambo-Wanda Wetlands Conservation Group in Salamander Bay normally holds their annual Mambo Wetlands Walks on World Wetlands Day. However, like last year, due to covid caution, this year’s event happened …   Read more

Local landcarers contributing to science

Soldiers Point – Salamander Bay Landcare members have been working in Stoney Ridge Reserve for many years. One of the largest reserves in Port Stephens, it is located on the …   Read more

Koala protection or mis-planned extinction?

Property developers, Ingenia, are seeking Council’s approval to change the previously approved ‘Boardwalk’ development. This plan would make it impossible for koalas to move across Tomaree Peninsula from east to west by creating a concrete jungle across this already narrow wildlife corridor. Help us stop the bulldozers!   Read more