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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.

EcoUpdate: July 2024

We started this year’s EcoUpdate with a marine theme, then eucalypts and this time, Bird is the Word! I’m excited to announce that tickets are now available for EcoNetwork’s second Bird Forum.   Read more

New energy projects – potential impacts on nature

In our effort to decarbonise our world to reduce climate impacts, a raft of new energy projects being rolled out create some concern as to how they may impact our natural environment and wildlife. This is what has been termed the Green vs Green dilemma.   Read more

Early glimpses into the Worimi Conservation Lands Board

The Worimi Conservation Lands (WCL) and their operation have always been a bit of a mystery to me, even though I worked for a short time with NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) in Nels   Read more

Kings Hill Development Concept Plan – McCloy rebuttal as an opinion piece

We would like to challenge the opinion piece written by local developer Jeff McCloy on 15 th September 2023. On the 23rd August 2023, Commissioner Bish, following a hearing in the NSW Land and Environment Court, handed down her decision on the Kings Hill Development Concept Plan.   Read more

Proposal for protection of native wildlife habitat at Kings Hill

We propose that the Federal & State Governments combine resources to ensure Kings Hill land is protected in perpetuity as a conservation area/extension of National Park estate. The proponent may well submit further …   Read more

Media Release – Save Wallaroo State Forest!

Media Release – Save Wallaroo State Forest! Another Quarry in Port Stephens is too much for any Koala to bear! A coalition of community groups met in Raymond Terrace on …   Read more

Kings Hill Urban Release Area

The Kings Hill Urban Release Area (KHURA) is in the Port Stephens LGA, 8km north of Raymond Terrace. To give you an idea of scale, the map below spans an area between Six Mile Rd and Newline Rd and has a border with the Pacific Highway.   Read more

Affiliate profile: Wetland and Ecological Treatment Systems

EcoNetwork’s newest business affiliate, Readers Retreat, has recently opened its doors. This local independent bookstore has already established links with two other EcoNetwork affiliates, the Raymond Terrace branch of Boomerang Bags and Salamander Bay Recycling.   Read more

World Environment Day — helping boost a threatened species in Tomaree 

Villous Mintbush, Prostanthera densa, is one of Tomaree’s most threatened plants. With dense aromatic leaves and mauve flowers, the mintbush is quite a sight.    Read more