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Our Network in Action

Most members are involved in the work of their individual groups and some of these recent projects and campaigns are outlined below.
Members also have a broad range of personal interests which are regularly featured in our EcoUpdate e-newsletter. These have included beekeeping, electric vehicles and building a portable sun-tracking solar panel.

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

As the number of licences issued for personal water craft (jet ski) continues to increase, so does the number of hoons, not just behaving badly but sometimes endangering the lives of people and wildlife.

So is this a case of the actions of a few jet-skiers giving them all a bad name, or …   Read more

Affiliate Profile: Readers Retreat

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

EcoNetwork reaffirms its commitment to First Nations Peoples

EcoNetwork reaffirms its commitment to First Nations Peoples of Australia EcoNetwork Post Stephens believes rightful recognition of, and genuine reconciliation with, First Nations Peoples is fundamental to protecting nature in …   Read more

Let’s walk ‘n’ talk about birds – with Neil Fraser

By Nigel Dique, one of the walkers (and talkers). Photos by Colin Sheringham. What is most surprising about bushwalking in Salamander Bay is the number and variety of birds you …   Read more

Our Members in Action – Walter Lamond

By Alison Rogers, Secretary EcoNetwork. Photos: Henk Tobbe. Over 60 people attended Walter Lamond’s book launch last month at the Tomaree Library. His book is titled Reflecting on Landcare and …   Read more

New community liaison with Port Stephens Council

New community liaison for the environment with Port Stephens Council Sue Olsson, Vice-President EcoNetwork Port Stephens. Our first meeting of the Environmental Advisory Group (EAG) on Wednesday 30 August, saw …   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

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

The Voice Referendum – EcoNetwork update

The Voice Referendum – EcoNetwork update Join the YES23 Port Stephens Campaign In the last EcoUpdate, EcoNetwork declared its support of the YES vote in this year’s Indigenous Voice to …   Read more