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From strength to strength

Hunter  Wetlands Centre Australia has a lot to be proud of.  The story of turning what was a dump site and football fields into a Ramsar wetlands—a wetlands of international significance—is an inspiring one.  While every day brings successes and triumphs at HWCA, there have been some really big achievements along the way:

  • 2015 - 30th Anniversary of the Hunter Wetlands Centre
  • 2014 - Silver Winner for Ecotourism Hunter & Central Coast Tourism Awards
  • 2013 - 200,000th native plant planted
  • 2012 - 10th Anniversary of Hunter Wetlands Centre Ramsar Listing
  • 2012 - NSW Minister for Environment Launches Timebanking Initative
  • 2011 - New $2.5 million education facility opened by the Hon Minister for Education, Peter Garrett
  • 2010 - 100 000th native plant planted
  • 2010 - 25th Anniversary of the Hunter Wetlands Centre
  • 2009 - Hosts of the Oceania Wetlands International Conference
  • 2009 - Award of Distinction for Ecotourism Hunter Tourism Awards
  • 2008 - Finalists Map Marketing Fastest Growing Business
  • 2006 and 2008 – Winners NAB State Award (volunteering)
  • 2007 - Winners Hunter Tourism Award for Ecotourism
  • 2007 - Hosts of Wetlands Innovation Series forum 
  • 2007 – 50,000 trees planted on site
  • 2005 - Winners International Ramsar Conservation Award for Education
  • 2004 - First strategic planning process involving stakeholders, producing our first 5 yr plan
  • 2005 - Sale of land securing HWCA’s financial future
  • 2002 – Protection under the Ramsar Convention on the protection and wise use of wetlands
  • 1988 – Opening of the Visitor Centre
  • 1985 – Creation of Newcastle Wetland Reserve
  • 1985 – Purchase of ex-Hamilton Rugby Club House
  • 1985 – Falk report recommends purchase of Marist Park land and associated buildings
  • 1981 – Discovery of Egrets on site
 

 

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