Many animals call Port Stephens home, and we try our hardest to provide a safe habitat for our native, and sometimes endangered species. Here you can find information on specific projects that we are working on.
We are proud to be known as the "home of the koala" and are working hard to ensure that our local koala population is around for years to come.
The Threatened Species Conservation Act 1995 identifies Koalas as being vulnerable and threatened in NSW. Some of the challenges facing koala populations include:
- habitat loss
- vehicle collisions
- dog attacks
To help protect the koalas of Port Stephens, we have developed the Comprehensive Koala Plan of Management (CKPoM).
Port Stephens Koala Sanctuary
We are working with various organisations to develop the Koala Sanctuary at One Mile. This sanctuary will be over a hectare in size, and built in an existing koala habitat at One Mile.
Port Stephens Conservation Crew
This is a new way for us to engage with our community on all things related to conservation. It will bring together people who are interested in being a part of a solution for biodiversity issues facing Port Stephens. Find out more on Port Stephens Conservation Crew.
The grey-headed flying-fox provides an important ecological role the in the pollination and spreading of native flora seeds.
Colonies are protected under federal and state legislation due to the significant role they play. Here in Port Stephens, we have a nationally important flying-fox camp based in Raymond Terrace that houses over 10000 foxes.
Human impacts are affecting the flying-foxes habitats and consequently it is listed as vulnerable under the federal Environmental Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999.
Raymond Terrace flying-fox camp
Grey-headed flying-foxes have been known to establish habitats in Raymond Terrace for many years and their camps are usually located on both sides of Adelaide Street in Newbury Park and Ross Walbridge Reserve.
Camp numbers have fluctuated between 1000 to 20000 in recent years, peaking in 2016. Council has developed a Vegetation Management Plan that will manage the flying-fox population in relation to the wider community.
Expansion usually occurs at the noisiest and smelliest stage of the flying-fox seasonal cycle when male foxes are marking their territory.
Camps are usually established near food sources and can often be temporary and seasonal.
How to spot a flying-fox?
Flying-foxes found in Raymond Terrace are identifiable by their reddish-brown collar and grey head.
Little red flying-fox
Found in the upper hunter region, these flying-foxes have a reddish-brown fur and are the smallest Australian flying-fox often travelling further inland.
These flying-foxes are largely black in colour and are found mainly in the north and north-east of Australia.
We undertake monthly monitoring of the flying-fox population in Raymond Terrace and work closely with the Office of Environment and Heritage to manage the situation.
Hunter Councils was awarded a NSW government grant for a Flying-fox community engagement program involving 11 councils to support education programs and linked strategic approaches to ensure an integrated and long term approach is used to solve the complex issue of Flying fox management in our local communities.
- Download Council's Vegetation Management Plan for Newbury Park (PDF 2.8MB)
- Download Council's Flying-Foxes in Raymond Terrace Factsheet(PDF 880KB)
- Read the August 2018 Community Newsletter: Flying-foxes in Raymond Terrace about Council's management of Flying-foxes