Over the years the Hunter Wetlands Centre Australia has built important partnerships with a range of organisations that have contributed to our work. Partnerships provided an important cornerstone in 1984.
Our founding partners Hunter Bird Observers Club and Australian Plants Society (Newcastle Group), have gone on to play important roles in the management of the site. A key partnership with the NSW Department of Education and Training over 20 years has supported the development of our highly regarded School Excursion program.
Two local service organisations, Newcastle Rotary and Jesmond Lions, continue to contribute to our programs and facilities. The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, which manages nine wetland centres in the UK, provided an international mentoring role and this partnership continues through our participation in Wetland Link International.
More recent regional partnerships:
National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) have been instrumental in leading key stakeholders through the gateway project, to position the larger destination - Hunter Wetlands, as a key nature tourism destination in the Hunter Region. The gateway project is chaired by the Regional Manager of NPWS and other stakeholders include: Hunter Central Rivers Catchment Management Authority and its Kooragang Wetlands Project; Hunter Tourism; Newcastle City Council and Port Stephens Council; University of Newcastle; Botanic Gardens and the Wetlands Environmental Education Centre, with this project funded by NSW Department of State and Regional Development and Department of Transport and Regional Services.
The NPWS Newcastle Area office has been established on site at the HWCA (adjacent to the Wetlands Education Centre) where National Parks Annual Park Passes can be purchased.
Hunter Wetlands National Park Draft Plan of Management has a website Click Here if you are interested in checking out what NPWS are doing.
Belmont Wetlands State Park Trust Site Manager, Boyd Carney is a Trustee of the Belmont Wetlands State Park, providing important linkage between this project, Hunter Wetlands Centre, and other wetland projects in the Hunter Estuary.
Hunter Tourism and Newcastle Tourism Inustry Group play a key role in assisting HWCA with its role as an emerging nature-tourism product in Newcastle and the Hunter Region.
State, National and international partnerships have allowed HWCA to build our profile as a wetland education leader.
The NSW Ramsar Managers Network is a group of private and government wetland managers, who are working towards a sustainable future for Private Ramsar Wetlands in NSW. The Hunter Wetlands Centre is an active member of this network.
Participation on the National Wetland CEPA Task Force, now operating as Australian Wetlands Information Network, helped us build interstate contacts and a constructive relationship with the Australian Government through the Department of Environment and Heritage.
Hunter Wetlands Centre initiated the Australian chapter of the international wetland centres network, WLI Australia, allowing us to maintain communication with our colleagues in wetland education around the country and the world. Click here for more information about Wetland Link International (WLI).
Hunter Wetlands Centre holds a position on the Wetlands International Oceania (WIO) Council, an international scientific NGO that provides technical services to governments and to the Ramsar Convention. This partnership has provided valuable access to technical advice.
Hunter Wetlands Centre is proud to be furthering environmental education in our coummunity by building close ties with The Tom Farrell Institute for the Environment is part of the University of Newcastle that is charged with finding regional solutions to environmental and sustainability issues. Click here for more information on TFI
The Australian Wetlands Alliance is a network of NGO’s large and small that coordinates NGO input into national wetland policy. HWCA hosted the AWA Secretariat from 1998-2004 and continues to hold a position on the reference group.
Hunter Wetlands Centre has coordinated the development of web-based shorebird education resources East-Asian Australasian Flyway in collaboration with Wetlands International Oceania, WWF, Australasian Wader Study Group and the Migratory Waders Task Force.
Christine Prietto, manager of the School Education program, has held the role of Ramsar NGO CEPA Focal Point since November 2001. This appointment followed from Hunter Wetlands Centre’s participation on the National Task Force. Through this role we have built an on-going relationship with the Ramsar Convention Secretariat.