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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.

What value is a century old tree?  

A 3 year saga and at the end … a tree story of woe but a mandate for better processes? The setting is the Bridle Path, a much-loved and walked and cycled pathway …   Read more

Celebrating 40 years of Tomaree National Park | 2024

Imagine our landscape without Tomaree National Park  Scenically, our treed hills and coastlines bring us so much enjoyment and aesthetic pleasure, not to mention their drawcard for tourism, and the …   Read more

Autumn gully planting at Fishermans Bay

The Fishermans Bay community planting was a great success! Thank you to everyone that came and lent a hand. Over 20 people planted an amazing 550+ seedlings at the top …   Read more

Quarry applications continue unabated

Quarry applications continue unabated As outlined by the President of the Voice of Wallalong and Woodville (VoWW), Margarete Ritchie, at last month’s Community Forum at Tomaree Community Centre, many Port …   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. March 2024 Update We reported to our EcoNetwork community in EcoUpdate 18 (below on this …   Read more

Sister Cities to celebrate wetlands connection

The Councils of Port Stephens, Newcastle and Kushiro, Japan, will this year celebrate the 30th anniversary of the signing of the Sister Wetlands Agreement.   Read more

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