Applications open for new Heritage and Environment Advisory Groups

22 May 2023

Port Stephens residents are invited to apply to participate in one of two new advisory groups focused on environmental matters and our local heritage.

At its last meeting, Council endorsed a new Environmental Advisory Group and Heritage Advisory Group.

East Ward Councillor Leah Anderson said the purpose of the groups will be to provide advice and have input into environmental and heritage matters across Port Stephens.

“I know that protecting our environment and conserving our heritage is really important to the residents of Port Stephens – it’s a priority,” Cr Anderson said.

“The advisory groups will work with both Council and staff to share knowledge, build a common understanding, identify opportunities for community-based projects and promote the importance of the environment and heritage.

“These advisory groups are a step in the right direction for the community and Council to find ways to work together to protect our amazing assets for future generations,” she added.

The Environment Advisory Group was endorsed following a Notice of Motion from Cr Leah Anderson with the Heritage Advisory Group endorsed following a Notice of Motion from Central Ward Councillor Jason Wells.

“Before joining Council, I was involved in local heritage groups and understand the importance of protecting the stories and knowledge that have created the place in which we live today,” Councillor Wells said.

“I’m very grateful to my fellow Councillors for supporting the Notice of Motion and to our Council staff, who I know work hard to ensure these groups can influence decision making and drive outcomes for the community,” he added.

Council's Strategy and Environment Section Manager Brock Lamont says the recruitment of the advisory groups has been designed to ensure representation from all sectors of the Port Stephens community.

“Each group will be made up of 3 community members and 10 representatives from community groups. They need to have an active interest in the environment or heritage conversation and who live, work or study in Port Stephens,” Mr Lamont said.

“We want to hear from a broad range of residents and to help this, we’ve made the process as inclusive as possible with applications being accepted in multiple formats – in writing or via video and audio,” Mr Lamont said.

The groups will operate under a Terms of Reference adopted by Council on 9 May 2023. Expressions of interest close at midnight 18 June 2023.

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