The Community Environment Network (CEN) was formed in 1997 with the mission of supporting and advising local environmental and community groups and individuals across the Central Coast. We are non-political and not-for-profit.
CEN is an independent community group that works FOR Ecologically Sustainable Development (ESD) and AGAINST threats to it. Our objectives are to:
The Community Environment Network (CEN) is a not-for-profit community organisation and a Deductible Gift Recipient with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC). We work to improve Ecologically Sustainable Development (ESD) on the Central Coast. Projects include:
Waterwatch – a citizen science program monitoring and protecting the health of local waterways and catchments.
Land for Wildlife – a voluntary property registration scheme for landowners who wish to manage areas for biodiversity and wildlife habitat.
Habitat for Wildlife – supporting urban landholders to conserve and improve habitats for wildlife and create wildlife corridors.
Green Team Landcare Groups – local landholders working together to help eliminate weeds.
Wildplant Community Nursery – local native plants grown from seeds (collected locally) at the nursery to be used in revegetation projects and available for sale to the public.
We help community groups to campaign to protect the local environment and we have active sub-committees including Friends of COSS, Climate Future and the Central Coast Community Better Planning Group.
CEN is located on the Ourimbah Campus of the University of Newcastle. Previously located in The Manor, one of the campus's original farm houses, we can now be found in the Facilities Management Building on Loop Road. This new location has given CEN an expanded space for our popular Wildplant Nursery.
We have retained many of the sustainable features in our new building including:
The Community Environment Network (CEN) is an alliance of community and environment groups from the NSW Central Coast and Lake Macquarie.
The CEN is a non-government community group that works for Ecologically Sustainable Development (ESD) and against threats to it.
The Aims and Objectives of the CEN include the following:
Membership of the CEN is open to both individuals and like-minded groups across the region.
Join CEN and join a community of like-minded people actively caring for nature. Enjoy many opportunities to participate and benefit from being a CEN member:
Workshops and outdoor activities including tree planting, breakfast with the birds, cultural walks and talks, catchment crawls, kayak tours
Forums and networking including CEN’s annual forum and other events with expert presenters
Knowledge and advice from our highly qualified and experienced team on the environment, planning, development and how to run a community campaign.
CEN’s annual membership structure is tailored to meet your needs, interests and level of commitment.
ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP OPTIONS
Individual (voting rights, access to all CEN activities, newsletter, Wildplant nursery discount) = $30/year
Pension/concession/student = $20/year
Gold* = $30 annual + donation of over $100
Group (for community and environmental groups and schools) = $50
Life Membership* = $600
*Conditions applying to Gold, Life and Honorary membership available upon application
For all membership options and to join up…
The oceans, lakes, rivers and creeks of the Central Coast and Lake Macquarie are an integral part of our region's identity. The health of these waterways is important for the wellbeing of our community and the native wildlife, including hundreds of species of birds and fish, that call them home.
The Community Environment Network works to protect our waterways through projects that focus on wetlands, lagoons and the ocean marine environment.
Our waterways and bushland contain many wonderful native species. There are tiny seahorses in our lakes, platypus in our streams and koalas, southern brown bandicoot, and spotted-tailed quoll in our bushland. Not to mention to the large variety of birds and fish in and around the lakes and ocean.
Many of them also share our urban areas, such as blue tongue lizard behind the back shed or a kookaburra on the telephone pole out front. These animals are what make our home on the Central Coast and Lake Macquarie so special.
The protection of habitat is possibly the best thing we can do for our native species and the Community Environment Network has projects aimed at conserving natural areas and creating wildlife corridors.
The Land for Wildlife (LFW) program is a voluntary property registration scheme for landowners who wish to manage areas for biodiversity and wildlife habitat. LFW encourages and assists landholders to include nature conservation along with other land management objectives. The program is free for landholders to join and is not legally binding. Registration in the scheme will not change the legal status of a property.
Join the growing number of landholders that are looking after their land as habitat.
Any landholder can join Habitat for Wildlife, urban, rural, farm or lifestyle block. Show you care about our wildlife by joining and providing some wildlife habitat on your land.
Urban areas can be very important habitats and by connecting isolated pockets of habitat wildlife corridors are formed. These are vital connections for many species of birds and animals, enabling them to move from one area to another. Click here for more information and to SIGN UP online
The Central Coast and Macquarie Lakes are home to bushland areas that are rich in biodiversity and natural beauty.
The Community Environment Network works to conserve our natural bushland areas and ensure that it is not lost amid the ever expanding urban development. Indeed, CEN believes we can have both - sustainable urban and social development that does not compromise the bush that makes our region so special.
Some of the projects that CEN is involved in to protect our bushland are:
CEN has been conducting professional Bush Regeneration Services for over 16 years.
The CEN Bush Regeneration Team members are fully trained and experienced in native bush regeneration. Our Bush Regeneration Team supervisor and our team members are all qualified with a minmum six months field experience. All team members carry a Green Card and have first aid training.
All work is assessed and planned prior to commencement and Rehabilitation Plans are provided. Management Plans for ongoing maintenance are also available for sites.
The team has a reliable, fully equipped vehicle for work in the Central Coast and Lake Macquarie areas.
CEN Bush Regen Team
PO Box 149
Business can play a very important role in the sustainable development of our community. This can happen in obvious ways such as the many businesses that install water tanks or solar panels. But all businesses - big and small - can have an impact in the way they carry out their day to day operations such as transportation, paper use, and energy or water consumption.
Today's consumer is also a lot more environmentally aware and expects businesses to enact practical measures that save our natural resources and limit waste.
The Community Environment Network started the Sustainable Business Network as a way for businesses to educate themselves and the public about best environment business practise. It is also an excellent resource for the public to inform their purchasing decisions.
To see a list of Central Coast businesses that offer sustainable products and services and are assisting with sustainable jobs growth on the Central Coast of New South Wales, click on this link Sustainable Business Directory
These are some of the issues that the CEN is currently working on in the following areas:
CEN has three Planning Committees one for each of the local government areas of Gosford, Wyong and Lake Macquarie.The committees respond to planning proposals particularly the larger ones and formulate submissions to the relevant council with the aim of ensuring the proposed development is in accord with the principles of Ecologically Sustainable Development. They consult with the Environmental Defenders Office when necessary.The planning committees generally meet monthly and communicate regularly via email.
Join our campaign to keep Peat Island and its surrounds in community hands for future generations.
Submissions on the latest proposal are due on 20 December, 2021
Download the Submission from Hornsby Council 447.83 KB raising their concerns
According to the NSW Government, the proposal aims to "open Peat Island to the public, while also revitalising Mooney Mooney with new housing, community facilities and job opportunities".
The NSW Government proposal claims the following key features:
At first glance this is an improvement on previous proposals but there is a BETTER VISION for this iconic site.
For the past 12 months CEN has been championing the formation of the Dyarubbin Peat Island Lands Association (DPIA), an incorporated, not-for-profit community-driven movement to transform Peat Island and lands west of the M1 into the nationally and globally significant location it deserves to be.
We are now working with the Lower Hawkesbury River communities to campaign for a BETTER VISION for Peat Island Lands - a vision that incorporates culture, heritage, history, environment and community. Our vision has all the positives of the planning proposal with none of the negatives and will guarantee Peat Island's preservation as a public asset for future generations.
Save Peat Island
Peat Island was originally established as a hospital for mental health patients. It has been closed for 5 years and the land is now being considered for other uses.
The western area should be for day-trippers to stay at (picnic, walks, etc. places to buy food and for large numbers to move through, on to the river and the National Parks. There would be opportunity for basic waterfront camping and heritage buildings would hold displays on National Parks, Hospital and Tourism.”
Climate Future now has its own web site -
All the content here can be found on the above site, including links to our facebook groups.
The situation is dire - we have delayed for more than 30 years.
ACTION: "immediate, rapid and large-scale cuts in emissions"
SOLUTIONS: Detailed in our Community Plan 2021 - written for the Central Caost:
Electric vehicles (charged from renewables)
Increased energy efficiency
Decreased consumption and waste
New renewable energy industry for jobs - a just transition
Do what you can yourself, talk to our political leaders, write letters, call them. We need leadership now, not more delay.
To stay in touch and receive announcements, Like our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/climatefuturecentralcoast/
To discuss the issues or get active - Join our Facebook discussion group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ClimateFuture
Phone CEN on +61 2 4349 4756
The Importance of Heritage
The significance that we attach to our ‘heritage’ is growing each year. The past is all around us - historic buildings, landscapes and other physical survivals of our past. Our heritage is fundamental to how we see ourselves as individuals, communities and as a nation. Historic buildings can become a focus of community identity and pride and create a sense of local unity.
Issues relating to the protection of wildlife and natural habitat.
This website assists all community members, whether scientist, student or interested residents with their queries about water issues on the Central Coast. Its goal is to help community members to better understand water issues and to join those making 'wise use ' of water.
Water restriction information
If you want to find up-to-date information on water restriction or you have specific questions, go to the Central Coast Love water use it wisely website or call the Central Coast Council call centre on 1300 463 954.
Funding for the CEN water portal provided by the Myer Foundation.
Clean fresh water is one of our most valuable assets. It is essential for sustaining aquatic environmental, agriculture and human health. (Waterwatch Australia). Since the Central Coast draws drinking water mainly from rivers, it is vital to maintain a healthy river system.
CEN Networking nights are a gathering of members and other interested parties to meet and discuss current issues. The night provides a forum for people to make others aware of what they are doing and to meet other like minded groups and individuals.
The Central Coast Council has passed a motion to permanently protect Porters Creek wetland.
Read the newspaper report of the Mayor’s comments See: https://coastcommunitynews.com.au/central-coast/news/2018/12/action-taken-to-protect-the-largest-fresh-water-wetland-on-the-central-coast/
For educational resources on the wetland see: http://www.blueplanet.nsw.edu.au/porters-creek-case-study/.aspx
LFW encourages and assists landholders to include nature conservation along with other land management objectives. The program is free for landholders to join and is not legally binding. Registration in the scheme will not change the legal status of a property.
The Community Environment Network(CEN) facilitates and supports Land For Wildlife in New South Wales in partnership with interested local organisations. CEN holds a licence from Land for Wildlife to co-ordinate the program and use the Trademark in NSW. The licence requires CEN to adhere to a number of protocols to ensure the standards of LFW are consistent across Australia.
CEN provides statewide coordination and the framework for Land for Wildlife. This includes:
Regional delivery of Land for Wildlife may be carried out by non-government organisations, community groups, Catchment Management Authorities or local councils who form a partnership with CEN. Regional coordination includes:
Regional organizations co-ordinating Land for Wildlife receive CEN support in the form of training, advice and information and support for funding applications and registration of all properties assessed.
All information provided by landholders is confidential to the landholder, Regional provider and CEN.
Need more information? Download the LFW Brochure
NSW Land for Wildlife Conference
6th May 2011 Nth Sydney
The co-ordination and regional delivery of the Land for Wildlife (LFW) scheme in New South Wales is coordinated by CEN. CEN became NSW State Coordinators in 2008 in an agreement with LFW Victoria and since then have been working with many organizations to expand Land for Wildlife. A partnership exists between CEN and The Biodiversity Conservation Trust.
LFW commenced in Victoria where it has been in operation since November 1981. The scheme arose as a result of regular 'core group' meetings held between the then Fisheries and Wildlife Service and the Bird Observers Club of Australia. Since 1997, the scheme has extended to other states and operates under a common set of principles and standards contained in the 'Arrangement to Co-ordinate Land for Wildlife schemes 2000'
The value of LFW is as a non-statutory registration scheme for landholders who wish to manage conservation values on their property. For many landholders, LFW provides a non-threatening, entry level option that meets their current needs, and helps build receptive communities. In time, this may lead to more binding statutory conservation commitments as landholders become familiar with the benefits of involvement. Local experience suggests that many private landholders would not take a first step towards conservation if such an entry level program were not available.
CEN’s role as a state coordinator will include the following:
CEN will partner with other organisations such as BCT, GER and Environment Victoria to promote connectivity conservation:
Click here to read the latest Bush Matters Newsletter or for more information on the Conservation Partners Program go to http://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/cpp/ConservationPartners.htm
Join the growing number of landholders that are looking after their land as habitat.
Land For Wildlife is an entry level program and Regional Providers act as a conduit for landholders with support from CEN through exchange of information.
The program is free for landholders to join and is not legally binding. Registration in the scheme will not change the legal status of a property.
If your property is located in an area with a Regional Provider (Click Regional Providers to find your local LFW group) contact them and let them know you are interested in the program. If your property is located on the Central Coast or in an area which does not have a Regional Provider, and you are interested in the program, use one of the options below.
Download and then print the following PDF Expression of Interest form. Complete the form then post or fax it back to CEN.
Download the following MS Word Expression of Interest form, complete it electronically, and then send back to CEN as an email attachment.
After submitting your Expression of Interest Form you may wish to fill in the LFW Preparing for Property Assessment Checklist(PDF 54.2Kb) and send it to us :
LFW State Coordinator
Community Environment Network
PO Box 149
Ourimbah NSW 2258
Ph: 02 4349 4759
Fax: 02 4349 4755
Land for Wildlife was established in 2002 on the Central Coast of New South Wales, operating within the local government areas of Gosford City Council, Wyong Shire Council, and Lake Macquarie City Council and due to the popularity and benefits of the program has extended services to Cessnock City Council area. This program, aims to support the maintenance and enhancement of native biodiversity on private land. Through this program landholder are given information of wildlife and habitat and are provided with a Land for Wildlife sign to display on their gate.
Since its inception Land for Wildlife in the Central Coast and Lower Hunter has been very successful and achieved a number of positive outcomes including:
Due to the proximity, CEN has been able to offer support in the form of:
Workshops involved a range of different topics being covered and members advised of workshops conducted by other groups
Bush Regeneration Team
A 4 person Bush Regeneration Team has been able to support landholders and landholders have worked alongside the teamin order to develope skills in bush regeneration techniques and plant identification.
The development of the regional seed bank and Wildplant Community Nursey endeavors to supply local provenance floral species to provide landholders with a good quality supply of local provenance seed. Maintaining local provenance species plays an integral role in preserving the diversity of local native floral species.
Access to the seed bank is currently limited to Land for Wildlife members who have an interest in revegetation / restoration of native vegetation on their property with local provenance seed. Landholders are required to attend one of the seed propagation workshops to show a level of commitment to propagating their free seed. Seed has been made available to landholders based on their catchment and the species collected from within that catchment, seed provenance is tracked using the Greening Australia seed supply system. Landholders have taken up this offer and are propagating their own seed for revegetation purposes. Many of the landholders assisted the seed collectors on their property and learnt skills that will enable them to collect and propagate their own seed in the future.
If you would like to be part of Land for Wildlife on the Central Coast of Lower Hunter click here to download the Central Coast and Hunter Expression of Interest Form(PDF 183Kb) and post it to CEN
Central Coast & Lower Hunter Regional Coordinator
Community Environment Network
PO Box 149
Ph: 02 43 494754
Fax: 02 4349 4755
Land for Wildlife is free to join and not legally binding.
Registration in the scheme is confidential and will not change the legal status of the property.
LFW supports landholders who want information about wildlife management on their property and provides opportunities for landholders to share their experiences with other landholders and partner organisations, through:
Benefits to Landholders:
If your question is not answered in these pages look at our frequently asked questions(PDF 96Kb) sheet.
CEN is a network of individuals, community and environment groups from across the region – our annual forum is an opportunity for as many individuals and groups as possible to join us.
We are also inviting EOIs for information stalls - If you would like to set up a stall – click here to submit a stallholder application
The Community Environment Network runs a number of its own projects and campaigns but it is also a resource for individuals and organisations on the Central Coast.
We will continue to update our online resources and provide advice and material support to other environmental causes.
(See the links on the left hand menu to browse all available online resources)
Several thousand climate scientists throughout the world have been researching the global warming issue since the 1980s. They have produced detailed reports on the scientific evidence and reasons for concern about global warming. These findings have been accepted by an overwhelming majority of climate experts and other scientists throughout the world.
However, some scientists, business people and politicians are sceptical that global warming is a threat to humanity and question whether humans have contributed to it. Some scepticism is based on scientific reasoning, some is due to misunderstandings about climate science, and some is driven by self interest.
Natural Connections is a quarterly newsletter full of information on Land for Wildlife and Habitat for Wildlife.
Sustainable businesses aim to meet present market needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. This project aims to identify and promote sustainable industries for the Central Coast, aiming for sustainable job creation and business growth.
Sustainable Industries are:
In 2006 the CEN was successful in obtaining funding through the NSW Environmental Trust for a project "Community Rehabilitation of Gosford Coastal Lagoons". The project seeks to adopt a strategic and "whole system" approach to the rehabilitation of riparian areas of the four coastal lagoons in Gosford LGA.
The project is working with the community and stakeholders including Gosford Council and the Hunter Central Rivers Catchment Management Authority (HCRCMA) to develop and implement priority actions over two years.
The project coordinator carries out the following activities:
The site(s) of the project will be the foreshore areas of the 4 coastal lagoons in Gosford; these being Wamberal Lagoon, Terrigal Lagoon , Avoca Lagoon and Cockrone Lagoon .
These lagoons have all been identified as modified (to varying degrees) in the Independent Inquiry into Coastal Lakes (Healthy Rivers Commission, 2002).
Gosford Council monitoring of water quality also shows the the lagoons often fail to meet target scores. This is confirmed by community Waterwatch monitoring.
The Gosford Council Coastal Lagoons Management Plan (1995) identifies issues including loss of vegetation, water quality, acid sulphate soils, recreational usage and habitat values. The artificial opening of the lagoons also has an impact on the ecological health of the lagoons. The lagoons are located in popular coastal suburbs that are under pressure of increased urbanisation. "Doing nothing" will result in further degradation of the riparian areas, water quality and ecological functioning of the lagoons. The management of the lagoons requires a strategic approach based on priority areas, involvement of the local community and landholders and increased community awareness, education, monitoring and valuing of the lagoons.
Find out more about the project:
CEN is involved in a number of different projects aimed at improving the environment of the Central Coast.
Click on one of the project names in the menu to learn more about work that CEN is doing.
The Community Environment Network (CEN) is proud to offer the services of a professional Bush Regeneration Team. CEN has been conducting professional Bush Regeneration Services since 2009.
CEN’s Bush Regeneration team has extensive experience in rehabilitating ecosystems including wet and dry sclerophyll forests, rainforest, wetlands, coastal dunes and heathlands. Many of ecosystems that CEN maintains are listed endangered ecological communities including River-flat Eucalypt Forest, Swamp Sclerophyll Forest, Freshwater Wetlands, Littoral Rainforests and Themeda grasslands on seacliffs and coastal headlands.
The CEN Bush Regeneration supervisor and our team members are all fully qualified in Conservation and Land Management, with a minimum of 12 months field experience. All team members carry a White Card and have first aid training. The Team has a reliable, fully equipped vehicle for work in the Central Coast, Lake Macquarie and Cessnock local government areas (LGA’s).
We currently offer a range of discounts to landholders who are involved in property registration programs such as Land for Wildlife in the Central Coast, Lake Macquarie and Cessnock LGA’s.
All work is assessed and planned prior to commencement and Rehabilitation Plans are provided. Management Plans for ongoing maintenance are also available for sites.
Enquiries: For any enquiries about works or job availabilities please phone CEN’s Bush Regeneration Coordinator on 4349 4754
Urban areas can be very important habitats and by connecting isolated pockets of habitat wildlife corridors are formed. These are vital connections for many species of birds and animals, enabling them to move from one area to another.
Become a part in restoring our urban landscapes - both the beauty and health of our environment. Make our landscapes a habitat not only for humans but also the wildlife that we want to connect with.
The project offers urban landholders information and support to conserve and improve habitats for wildlife. We aim to bring neighbours together in protecting their own backyards, local reserves and parks. There are no meetings to attend. Whether you own or rent a house, unit or flat you can do something for our native birds and wildlife: simply providing some water for them to planting your whole area with suitable native plants. Put up your sign and tell your friends and neighbours.
For more information:
Ph: 02 4349 4756
Post: Habitat for Wildlife PO Box 149 Ourimbah 2258
Anywhere in NSW you can REGISTER ONLINE
The Stepping Stones Corridor Project is a partnership project providing a wildlife corridor across public lands in Wyong Shire. The partners include; Community Environment Network (CEN), Bateau Bay Bushcare , Wyong Council , Hunter Central Rivers CMA with support from the NSW Environmental Trust .
Waterwatch is a national program involving school and community groups in monitoring water quality of their local waterways.
Waterwatch involves people in the community helping to improve the health of our waterways. There are many ways you can get involved. Dive in to see how you can do your bit individually, or as a group, for healthy waterways and a better environment.
On the Central Coast, Waterwatch is funded through the Hunter Central Rivers Catchment Management Authority with sponsorship from the Gosford Wyong Joint Water Authority.
In Gosford and Wyong local government areas CEN employs a Waterwatch Project Officer. In Lake Macquarie local government area Colin Mondy and Ingrid Berthold are the Waterwatch coordinators based at the CMA offices at Paterson.
These are some of the projects completed by CEN
Wetlands are beautiful natural areas which are covered with water for some period of time. They are vitally important habitats for the health of our environment and support a wide variety of native plant and animal species.
CEN's Wetland Education Project seeks to raise public awareness of wetland habitats and increase community participation in wetland protection. The project focuses on wetlands on the Central Coast and in Lake Macquarie, and involves a targeted education program for three priority wetland sites.
This wetland website has been developed as part of the Wetland Education Project and can be accessed to find information on a particular wetland such as its size, ecological value, whether it contains endangered plants or animals, what threatens the wetland, its location, and how individuals can become involved in wetland care.
To find out more about a wetland near you, use the Wetlands Search Tool .
Send us your Wetland Photo's
If you have new and/or additional information about a wetland you know,
download the updating_wetland_info_form.pdf, fill in all the details
and then either fax or mail the form to:
Community Environment Network
PO Box 149 OURIMBAH NSW 2258
Fax: 4349 4755
A small population of Bush Stone-curlew Burhinus grallarius, has etched out a living around the Brisbane Water, on the Central Coast of NSW, for decades. There remain possibly only 15 to 20 individuals living around the foreshore in the grassy layer beneath the trees, and even on the streets. It is hoped that with direct action, monitoring and partnerships with passionate stakeholders, that we can help this small population remain viable into the long term.
The Friends of the Bush Stone-curlew, is a passionate group of volunteers who have been actively monitoring the BSc populaton for over ten years.
What do we love about this bird?
It's quirky, in fact fascinating to watch, particularly at breeding season when it's courtship dance would stop any passerby in its tracks. Its haunting night-time call is perhaps a reminder that all is well in nature. All who connect with these birds find them charismatic, amusing and, well, life just wouldn't be the same without them! Not just all this but that these birds are a natural part of the Brisbane Water ecosystem means they have an intrinsic value just being there.
Volunteers are invited to participate in bi-annual surveys around the Brisbane Water to help the group estimate the number of individual birds in the population.
To learn about the Bush Stone-curlew Recovery Plan download Recovery Plan
The Eco Garden is a learning place to demonstrate organic and water wise gardening, creating habitat for local flora and fauna; utilising composting, worm-farming, energy and water conservation techniques.
The garden is in an on-going state of development. The garden is located next to Kariong Progress Hall in Dandaloo St, Kariong. Our thanks to Gosford City Council for their support and permission to use this site.
The Kariong Eco Garden is hosted by the Community Environment Network.
Where is this Eco Garden?
Dandaloo Street, Kariong (corner Woy Woy Road), adjacent to the rear tennis court.
Wildwatch is about connecting kids with nature by exploring our environment and monitoring our flora and fauna. The program provides knowledge and understanding of local flora and fauna and encourages respect and caring for our local environment.
Wildwatch is an opportunity for children and families to engage in a program that promotes a love of nature and provides opportunities to observe nature and grow in knowledge, skills and understanding. We run events such as bird watching, frog spotting and waterbug surveys to connect families and communities with the diverse environments on the Central Coast. CEN collaborates with experts from university, council, primary industries, ecologists and wildlife carers so families can experience these different habitats and learn about them at the same time.
The Habitat for Wildlife Program has been running at the Community Environment Network since 2007. Habitat for Wildlife is a program which encourages urban landholders to create and maintain habitat for urban wildlife in their gardens. Community participants engaged through Wildwatch are supported as members of HFW by volunteers within CEN and will be invited to future workshops and events run by other CEN projects.
The Wildwatch program is FREE TO JOIN and includes:
Bateau Bay Swift Parrot Habitat Restoration Project
Swift Parrots have been recorded feeding in Swamp Mahogany Eucalyptus robusta in the area surrounding Bateau Bay for over 40 years. Swamp Mahogany is a known habitat for Swiftys and other threatened species who are dependent on this winter food source. Swamp Mahogany are found in small patches on the Central Coast including along Salt Water Creek at Bateau Bay.
This project aims to restore a wildlife corridor of the Stepping Stones Landcare site, located on the eastern edge of the EDSACC recreational facility over a three year period. The plan is to restore Swift Parrot Lathamus discolour habitat by reducing weeds and revegetating areas with over 2000 plants.
Our Community Environment Network (CEN) Youth is a cross section of Youth aged between 16- 30 with concerns around issues such as deforestation, equity for those impacted, plant-based food and farming, renewable energy and social justice.
“Youth are the people who will be most affected by Climate Change, yet there are few opportunities to be involved in solutions, action and events."
The Wildplant Community Nursery was established in 2009 by the Central Coast Wildplant Rescue Service and the Community Environment Network.
It has long been the hope of CEN to be able to provide access to the flora of the Central Coast Region to its members and to the public.
Our purpose is to promote and grow local provenance, native plants, to the public, to our members, and for use in our many projects.
Habitat for Wildlife - members will be able to access local native plants to compliment their gardens and provide a habitat for our local wildlife as well as sustaining the coasts ecology.
Land for Wildlife - members can take advantage of the nursery to grow natives from seeds collected from their properties which can then be replanted on their land for reforestation purposes.
Bush Regeneration - projects undertaken by the CEN team will be able to access the nursery to grow seeds collected from areas under their care to use in the revegetation of these areas.
Central Coast Wildplants Rescue Service – members and volunteers require nursery facilities to care for and grow plant material collected from development sites under their care.
Community Groups – the nursery is also available for community and Bushcare/ Landcare groups to use the facilities at the nursery for their various projects with prior arrangement.
The nursery is complimented by our Regional Seedbank, collecting seed from our various projects and storing them for future use.