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Karuah Landcare Group

Group History

The Progress Association began Tidy Towns in Karuah in 1985. The committee focused on reclaiming a neglected area near the baths naming it  'Longworth Park' in honour of Karuah's pioneer family.

The committee then raised funds over many years to install an amenities block in 1988.  Most recently the community worked with Port Stephens Council in the installation of a new 'Playspace'.

By the end of the 1990's the Karuah Tidy Towns committee gained its own identity as a 355B committee of council and have successfully completed many projects including;

  • Karuah Cemetery - the restoration of historical graves, building of the Lychgate in 1996 and  the Rotunda in 1997-1998. The Rotunda was a replica of a Historical Rotunda, which was originally situated in the sportsground.
  • Keep Karuah Clean Signs- pupils of Karuah Public School designed signs to remind and encourage people not to litter. Five of these posters were made into signs and erected around the town.
  • Karuah Heritage Signs - located along the banks of the Karuah River adjacent to the bridge, the signs tell the story of the early years of the river crossing from a rowboat to a motorised ferry until the opening of the bridge in 1957.

Aims & Objectives

The function of our committee and volunteers is to do voluntary work for the community of  Karuah in liaison with Port Stephens Council. The Committee wants to keep Karuah a pleasant place to be by restoring degraded areas, and promoting the natural beauty of  Karuah.  The Committee wishes to achieve a better environment for our community, tourists, and future generations.

Current Projects

Karuah Wetlands Project

In 1991 Karuah Wetland was a badly degraded area and it had been proposed to drain this area and build a mobile park.  Hunter Wetland Trust were contacted and this was stopped. A management plan was developed and grants have been obtained from various sources to funds its regeneration since 2001.  The group has constructed and installed a viewing platform, walkways, vehicle barriers and educational signage.  The latest achievement is the construction of a short bridge and pathway over the wetland outflow to allow access across to the dam wall. This recognised state significant wetland (SEPP 14) is a valuable migratory bird habitat and unique example of a freshwater wetland neighbouring a saltwater wetland.

Franklin St Boardwalk

Extending between Tarean Rd and Franklin St the boardwalk was constructed in 2004 to provide improved pedestrian access through to the wetlands.  The area was previously choked with exotic weeds but is being regenerated by the committee to a beautiful wetland walk.  Significant rubbish removal has been an ongoing battle for the committee.

Annual General Meeting

Karuah Landcare Group, a 355c committee of Port Stephens Council, is holding their Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 26 March, 5pm at Karuah RSL Club. Interested members of the community are welcome to attend.

Contact Wade on 0413 708 369.


Phone number: 0472746205

Email Address: sm_incorp@hotmail.com


Karuah NSW 2324