Mambo Wetlands Funding Boost

Filed under Council, Environment & Pollution, News ~ by Press on  28 Mar 2019

Port Stephens Council successfully applied for the grant from the NSW Government’s Environmental Trust to restore and rehabilitate the Mambo Wetlands and protect it from invasive species.

Pictured ~ Mayor Ryan Palmer with members of the Mambo Wanda Wetlands Reserves and Landcare Committee

Jordan Skinner, Natural Resources Team Leader, says the grant will allow Council to undertake important restoration works.

The Mambo Wetlands are a precious part of the Port Stephens environment. They play a crucial role in maintaining the health of the port – filtering water, providing a nursery for fish and crustaceans, and a vital food source for birds, insects and other native animals.

Unfortunately, the Mambo Wetlands face many threats including encroaching weeds from neighbouring properties. These weeds can compete with native species and damage the health of the wetlands.

This grant will allow us to regenerate Mambo Wetlands and educate our wider community about its importance and how we can all help to protect this treasured environment.

One of the biggest things that our community can do is to plant appropriate native gardens. As part of this grant, we’ll be helping neighbouring properties with garden plant choices to reduce the source of encroaching weeds.”

Mr Skinner says Council is looking for volunteers to help protect the wetlands.

We want Mambo Wetlands to be around for future generations to enjoy. We already have a dedicated group of volunteers who meet for a monthly working bee — but we’re always looking for more people to help.”

Mambo Wetlands and Wanda Wetlands are situated primarily in Salamander Bay, Port Stephens in New South Wales. Both Wetlands have a strong Aboriginal history and connection for the local Maaiangal people, a clan of the Worimi Nation.

The Mambo Wanda Wetlands, Reserves and Landcare 355c Committe is a Volunteer Committee of Port Stephens Council.

For more information or to volunteer at Mambo Wetlands, contact

Below ~ Mambo Wetlands at Salamandar Bay, Port Stephens.

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