Hunter Regional Sustainability Educators Network

Contact
Name: 
Angus Weingott and Ingrid Garland
Email: 
Phone: 
02 4974 2622

In 2017/18 the Hunter Region Sustainability Educators Network undertook a collaborative best practice sustainability education and engagement project 'Wetlands for a sustainable future in the Hunter'. (Read project case study here).

This project was supported by AAEE NSW through their regional capacity building project and the NSW Government's Environmental Trust.

Wetlands for a sustainable future in the Hunter
Hunter Region Sustainability Educators Network (Hunter RSEN) is collaborating with a number of agencies and groups to deliver “Wetlands for a sustainable future in the Hunter”February 2nd 2018 to celebrate World Wetlands Day.

This event invites land managers, environmental and sustainability educators and interested members of the community to listen to experts who will share knowledge and experiences on:

  • How networks are able to collaborate and strengthen ecological health in wetlands
  • Preparing for our changing climate by identifying and acquiring land for wetland vegetation migration
  • Frog ecology and barriers to engaging the public in building and maintaining healthy urban wetlands
  • Management and participation of volunteers and local communities to add value to on-ground projects.

Participants are then invited to:

  • Share knowledge with experts and identify wetland plants then discuss the role of different plants in wetland ecology
  • Join experts in one of two field trips:
    • Visit Ironbark Creek wetland and learn how wetlands manage urban run-off whilst supporting food webs and participate in tree planting to support wetland health
    • Visit the Hunter Wetlands National Park to identify and record wetland plants and animals using the iNaturalist App which contributes to the BioNet Atlas.

Partners include the Australian Association for Environmental Education, the Hunter Regional Sustainability Educators Network, Hunter Local Land Services, Hunter Central Coast Office of Environment and Heritage, Hunter Wetlands Centre, Newcastle City Council, Conservation Volunteers Australia, Australian Wetland Network and University of Newcastle via a PhD student. This project has been supported by the NSW Government’s Environmental Trust.

About our network
The Hunter Regional Sustainability Education Network is for sustainability educators from Hunter region, which is geographically bounded by the Local Government Areas of Lake Macquarie, Newcastle, Port Stephens, Dungog, Cessnock, Maitland, Singleton, Muswellbrook and Upper Hunter.

Sustainability educators/facilitators from all sectors are welcome to become members of Hunter RSEN.

These sectors include (but are not limited to); Aboriginal; agriculture & primary industries; business; culturally & linguistically diverse (CALD); community & environment groups; differing ability communities; early childhood; lesbian gay bisexual trans intersex (LGBTI); local government; natural resource management, waste, energy and transport industries. school education; state government; tertiary education, and youth sector.

Our Mission
Working together and communicating regularly on projects whilst supporting each other and encouraging best practice sustainability education and engagement.

Read our HRSEN Strategic Plan 2018- 2023