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Noisy, dangerous and intrusive – should jet skis be banned in Port Stephens?

By Ewa Meyer, EcoUpdate Editor In and around Nelson Bay this summer, there seemed to be more ‘Personal Water Craft’ (aka Jet Skis) on the water than ever before – …   Read more

Hawks Nest paradise under threat

Hawks Nest is a quiet seaside town on the NSW mid-coast with a population of just 1200 residents. In 2002, the town was declared an Aboriginal Site of Significance due to …   Read more

Port Stephens Council Election 2021 – Candidates’ Responses to EcoNetwork Questions

EcoNetwork received responses from candidates with their views in 4 key environmental areas. Many thanks to the candidates who took the time to share these with our community.   Read more

Watch and listen for this remarkable bird

Tomaree Peninsula birdwatcher, Neil Fraser, contacted EcoNetwork to enquire if any of our members may have spotted, or heard, the unusual and elusive Bush Stone-curlew.   Read more

COP26 – what happened?

Climate Action Port Stephens member, Andrea Barnett, shares some highlights (and lowlights) of COP26. We also look at international research including connections between climate change and COVID-19.   Read more

Soldier’s Point Secret Walk

Soldier’s Point Secret Walk – go where the locals know! By Kathy Brown, Secretary, EcoNetwork Take your family out for a walk and combine local history with exercise and stunning views. …   Read more

STOP poisoning our wildlife

By Ewa Meyer, EcoUpdate Editor Earlier this year, many of us signed a petition organised by Birdlife Australia demanding that an application by the New South Wales Department of Primary …   Read more

Boomerang Park Group represented in indigenous artwork

Telling the story of how Boomerang Park Preservation Group based in Raymond Terrace is represented in Indigenous artwork. Local artist, Peter Kafer, played a significant role in helping establish the Group in 2015.   Read more

Latham’s Snipe shores up wetlands diplomacy with Japan

One of the most amazing birds you might be lucky to come across in Port Stephens is Latham’s Snipe (Gallinago hardwickii). Once hunted as a gamebird, this migratory shorebird – …   Read more

The future of our beaches: erosion and artificial reefs

The future of our beaches: erosion and artificial reefs By Iain Watt, Marine Scientist and President, EcoNetwork. The iconic beaches of Port Stephens have taken a hammering this year, from …   Read more