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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.

Hunter Offshore Wind Farms – questions and answers

Are we having a rational debate about offshore wind? Will wind farms impact marine life? Can we trust the assessment process? For these and other questions, read our FAQs page.   Read more

EcoEvents: October 2023

Welcome to EcoUpdate July 2023. EcoUpdate began in 2021 aiming to help inform our members and community of local and other environmental news in more depth than is available on social media. Many thanks to all of you who have been contributing your local knowledge, experience or expertise to make that possible.   Read more

Why is an Indigenous Voice to Parliament so important?

EcoNetwork Port Stephens Executive Committee. On Wednesday 31 August, the date for the long-awaited referendum on an Indigenous Voice to Parliament was announced by the PM and on Saturday 14 …   Read more

VOWW Submission – Stone Creek Quarry

Members from both VOWW and BHSAG (Brandy Hill/Seaham Action Group) have been involved with several quarry expansion applications including Hanson Brandy Hill and Daracon Martins Creek.   Read more

Open letter to Tanya Plibersek – Stop Stone Ridge quarry

The undersigned write today with an earnest request to reject the Stone Ridge quarry proposal. It presents unacceptable impacts to biodiversity protected under the EPBC Act. Your own Department (DCCEEW) has deemed Stone Ridge as “likely to lead to population decline” for the Koala.   Read more

Port Stephens Koala Habitat is being sacrificed for quarries – please help!

Help prevent the Stone Ridge hard rock quarry being approved within the Wallaroo State Forest onItalia Road, Balickera More than 50 unique submissions are needed by 5pm Tuesday 1 August …   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.   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

Whales, krill climate change and the omega-3 addiction

Whales, krill, climate change and the omega-3 addiction By Iain Watt, President EcoNetwork Port Stephens. Humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) named for the hump of blubber lying in front of their …   Read more

Affiliate Profile: Hunter Region Botanic Gardens

VOWW was incorporated in 2012 when it successfully prevented a development in Wallalong that would have resulted in 12,000 people living on farmland adjacent to a flood plain.   Read more

Affiliate Profile: Fingal Bay Community Association

Affiliate Profile: Fingal Bay Community Association EcoNetwork welcomes our newest affiliated group – the Fingal Bay Community Association (FBCA). The FBCA began with a core group of 7 people who …   Read more