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Port Stephens Picnic for Nature

Hosted by: EcoNetwork Port Stephens Inc

EcoNetwork Port Stephens will have a picnic at the Fly Point Halifax Park market day.

All welcome! 

Join us to celebrate 40 years of the Fly Point Halifax park and 30 years of EcoNetwork Port Stephens. 

Bring something to sit on and join us at the EcoNetwork stall. 

BYO food and drink or purchase on the day. 

There will be stalls, fun activities, and you'll have the opportunity to engage with your local groups and learn about what they do to protect nature. 

Please note that your RSVP information will be shared with co-host organisations.

December 03, 2023 at 10:00am
Fly Point Park
Victoria Parade
Port Stephens, NSW 2319
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Gibberagee Picnic for Nature

Hosted by: North Coast Environment Council Inc


The Picnic is about celebrating the natural beauty of your local area and connecting with community. But it’s more than just a fun day of getting out and enjoying nature. It’s a chance to get together and make plans to protect nature and take urgent action on climate change. Coming out of the Black Summer/Covid/North Coast Floods fog, the North Coast Environment Council is excited to be actively seeking individual and member groups to join the NCEC and let us know what issues your groups are passionate about. The NCEC is the peer group on the North Coast lobbying for better outcomes for our natural environment.  

This will be our first Picnic for Nature in conjunction with other Nature Conservation Groups around the state. It's hosted by NCEC secrectary Jimmy Malecki at The Bog Conservation Area. The Bog Conservation Area is a 100 acre property next to the Bundjalung State Conservation Area. It is also home to the NCC's Large Forest Owl and Safe Havens Projects.  There are walking tracks throughout the property to explore and you might even see a Coastal Emu as they are active at The Bog.  Other threatened species that visit The Bog are glossy black cockatoos, squirrel gliders, Brush-tailed phascogales, little lorikeet and many others.

At 11:30 we will have a acknowledgement of country and introduction to The Bog Conservation Area by Jimmy Malecki. Following this brief intro, NCEC President Jim Morrison will give an introduction to the North Coast Environment Council, inc.  

Pete Knock, head of the Nature Conservation Council's Large Forest Owl, Bobcat and Safe Haven's projects based out of The Bog with give a presentation about the projects. This project started before the 2019 Black Summer Fires and keeps evolving through the challenges of fires, covid and the 2022 floods.  The data this project is able to obtain through the help of landholders is so valuable in learning the state of not only our Large Forest Owls but other threatened species. 

Please BYO food and drinks.

Please note that your RSVP information will be shared with co-host organisations.

January 01, 2024 at 12:00am
The Bog Conservation Area
2485 Bungawalbin Whiporie Rd
Gibberagee, NSW 2469
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Regional Conference 2023

The Nature Conservation Council Regional Conference shines a spotlight on a different region in NSW each year, empowering member groups, supporters and local communities by providing a platform to highlight the issues facing nature before a state-wide audience.   

This year the Nature Conservation Council NSW (NCC) is partnering with Thurgoona Community Action Group and the National Parks Association to present the annual 2023 NCC Regional Conference in Albury, a major regional centre on the NSW/Victoria border.  

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Capitalising on Charles Sturt University's sustainability campus, this year's conference offers an opportunity to explore how groups remain healthy and vibrant, build connections and be effective agents for change.  

The conference theme is “Connections, Communities, and Change” and will showcase the work of experts in their fields and the initiatives of communities, businesses and organisations in the Albury Wodonga area, to realise a sustainable future in harmony with nature across rural and urban settings. 

What: ‘Connecting, Communities, and Change’ - NCC Regional Conference 2023 
When: Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th June 
Where: Charles Sturt University Campus, Albury 
Cost: $35 including Saturday morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea and Sunday light refreshments. (with free tickets available for First Nations people and U25s) 

The aims of the conference are to:  

  • Share and celebrate the rich environmental and cultural heritage in the Albury Wodonga region and beyond.  
  • Provide opportunities for connection between organisations, groups, and conference attendees and strengthen working relationships.  
  • Showcase local nature, climate and sustainability initiatives and “out of the box” thinking.  
  • Facilitate information sharing, skill development and collaborative planning to influence community practices, influence government and effect change. 

Join us on Saturday for a day of workshops and panel discussions, followed by a conference dinner in the evening (please let us know if you’d like to join us) and a field trip to a selection of nearby locations on Sunday morning.     

Everyone is welcome to attend this event. There will be something for everyone - no matter your level of knowledge or experience.

Come and help us celebrate the NCC’s 68th year!   

Bring cold weather gear – Albury will be cold at the end of June.

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Cost:  $35 per person for two days. Includes morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea on Saturday and light refreshments on Sunday. Free tickets are available for those under the age of 25 and First Nations people.

Location and travel: Charles Sturt University Campus, 386 Elizabeth Mitchell Drive, Thurgoona NSW 2640. See below for more information.  

Accommodation: There are plenty of accommodation options available near the conference venue, see below for options.      

Important: Please register before 14th June to ensure we can cater to your dietary requirements.    

Conference Dinner: We have booked the Kinross Woolshed Hotel Albury for a conference dinner on Saturday evening although this is not included in the conference price. Please let us know whether you would like to join us when you book your ticket so that we can reserve your spot.

Annual Conference 2023

In It to Win It

The Nature Conservation Council of NSW will host its Annual Conference and AGM on Saturday 11th November 2023.

Featuring presentations from groups and speakers across the movement on how and why we must be In It to Win It. Join us to refine our campaign skills, plan for winning, and move with us into action.

Key speakers will include Penny Sharpe MLC, Minister for Environment, Heritage, Energy, and Climate Change, plus environment spokespeople for the Coalition and the Greens.

We're excited to announce our final program, available online here!

In It to Win It will be an interactive conference, with workshops that will provide participants with tools to run, refine and win campaigns for nature and climate.

We invite all who care for nature and climate to come along, in person if you can, to get together and plan to win.

This conference will be a great opportunity for connecting and community-building throughout the day.

NatureNSW acknowledges that this event will be held and broadcast on the unceded lands of the Gadigal People of the Eora nation. We pay our respects to Elders past and present and their enduring legacy of custodianship and care for Country. Sovereignty was never ceded.


When: The conference will take place from 8.45am - 5:30pm
Where: The NSW Teachers Federation (Surry Hills), and online via Zoom

Tickets available online here

Note: NCC will conduct our Annual General Meeting to elect our Board and pass Member Group motions from 9am – 11:55am. Everyone is welcome to attend the AGM, or arrive after the AGM for the conference program.

For NCC Member Groups, your entitlement to (voting) delegates is based on your membership status and/or number of members. If you have not renewed your membership, please contact us as soon as possible.


Conference papers

Voting delegates declaration form is available here

Proxy vote registration form is available here

The first Circular for member groups and voting delegates is available here

Conference Business Papers for delegates participating in the AGM are available here 

For further information or assistance please email [email protected] or contact 02 9516 1488.