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The number one drawcard of Port Stephens is its magnificent natural landscape and a great lifestyle in a treasured environment. Port Stephens Council is committed in the management and balance between the conservation of natural resources and the ongoing community development of Port Stephens.


Port Stephens has the most significant southerly population of koalas in NSW. We want to help residents, businesses and visitors understand and value koalas.

Find out more about Koalas in Port Stephens

Native Animal Trust Fund

The Native Animal Trust Fund (NATF) was the very first volunteer wildlife rescue group to operate in NSW, commencing over 21 years ago.

They are a non-profit, registered charity organisation which operates under license from the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service. They are involved in the rescue, rehabilitation and release of sick, injured and orphaned native fauna.

NATF members are volunteers who come from all walks of life, all ages and many different interests. Most have jobs and families and many demands on their time and energy; but all have a love, concern or interest in our wonderful Australian native fauna and it's survival.

The NATF are always looking for people who feel the same way to become members, rescuers and foster carers. The part you play will be your own choice, from financial member only to phone roster to foster carer. It's entriely up to you.

When an animal we have rescued and nursed back to health is released back into the wild it is such a great feeling!

National Animal Trust Fund Inc - Wildlife Rescue Service contact details:

The Secretary - Native Animal Trust Fund Inc - Wildlife Rescue Service.
P O Box 1052
Toronto NSW 2283
Email: natf@bigpond.com

24 Hour Emergency Rescue Hotline - 0418 628 483 OR 0418 N-A-T-I-V-E


The Grey-headed Flying-fox provides important ecological services, pollinating and spreading seed of native flora, including endangered plant species and communities.

Find out more about Flying-foxes in Port Stephens

Benefits for Council

Council has benefited immensely from the partnership with the University through the Project Management and Placement course. The students' projects have filled the knowledge gap about many of our threatened species, and their reports, which have been based on unbiased data, have been used in decision making processes.

Environmental Officer
Phone: 02 4988 0255