Fingal Bay Parks & Reserves Committee
Fingal Bay is a seaside village 4.5 Km's south of the entrance to Port Stephens. Barry Park overlooks the beach and is a natural bushland habitat of 8.201 hectares adjoining Tomaree National Park and is dedicated for recreational purposes.
A community group began in work 1994 to address heavy infestations of bitou bush and other exotic plants. In 1996 Council ratified the group, which developed a technical Works Program for Barry Park and the Committee has been working continuously on Barry Park's restoration.
A recommendation that Barry Park be given a Heritage Listing has been submitted to the Heritage Council.
The group has participated in the Tidy Towns program and won the Wildlife Corridors and Habitat Conservation Award in 2000.
Aims & Objectives
To protect and enhance environmental features of Barry Park, manage storm water, and control and ameliorate cliff erosion.
To provide public recreation infrastructure with picnic area, paths and stairs from cliff top to rock platform and a boardwalk in the wetland area.
To develop and implement an interpretive program including history and naming of plant communities.
- Barry Park Bush Regeneration
Barry Park has been regenerated by the hand removal of bitou and lantana by volunteers and the control of fox and rabbit infestations. Some areas were allowed to naturally regenerate and other denuded areas were replanted with local species with seed nurtured to tube stock size at the Ngioka Centre. There is continuous weeding of bitou and lantana regrowth and a plant list has been developed. A website for the park now exists. Local expert George Hillman undertakes mapping and photographing of the native orchids in the park. This map has been extended to the whole of the Port Stephens' area and maps can be obtained from Councils GIS.
- Erosion Control
The Committee has undertaken extensive erosion control in the North section of park with a series of stormwater retention embankments to sectionalise the area and addressed a seepage area with appropriate planting. The Committee in partnership with Council has diverted stormwater from Marine Drive to prevent further erosion of the cliff. They also designed and constructed raised brick edged gravel path and a concrete stairway to rock platform. When plants mature there should be little stormwater erosion.
- Public Recreation
A recreational picnic area consistent with environmental limitations was constructed, with picnic tables, barbecue and town water. A viewing area was planted with low growing lomandra to prevent obscuring the view. This area attracts both tourists and locals alike and is used extensively as a venue for weddings. The panoramic vista lends itself magnificently as a photographic backdrop. A gravel path has been constructed to the natural rock platform, which is now a favourite place for whale watching.
- Fingal Bay Parks & Reserves Committee - Map of area of interest (PDF File - 372.1 Kb)
Fingal Bay NSW 2315