Partnership Facilitator: Ruth Hardy
Contact details: phone 0407 232 539 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Who is the Hunter Valley Partnership?
The Hunter Valley Partnership is diverse mix of community, government, industry and academic groups which have united to conserve the unique values of the Hunter region. With over 30 organisations involved, our partnership is actively working to improve the resilience of ecosystems and habitat in the face of climate change and landuse impacts which threaten the long-term survival of our native plants and animals.
What is our focus?
From social, economic, biodiversity and connectivity conservation perspectives, the Hunter Valley is one of the most complex areas of the GER. The region has a diverse range of plants, animals and ecosystems which are under significant risk. Since settlement, the natural landscape has become increasingly degraded and fragmented, and continues to be impacted by expanding agricultural, industrial and urban development. In addition, a substantial proportion of the valley floor is earmarked for coal exploration and possible mining over the next 30–50 years.
What are we up to at the moment?
Building Stepping Stones in the Hunter
The GER Hunter Valley Partnership runs an innovative project called Stepping Stones. The project seeks to reconnect some of the 4,350 isolated patches of bushland occurring on private lands in the Hunter Valley to the Great Eastern Ranges. By creating a series of “Stepping Stones” we will strengthen connections between local areas of habitat and the GER corridor, enabling species movement across the landscape.
Regent Honeyeater Restoration Project
In 2015, the GER Hunter Valley Partnership teamed up with John Holland Rail, on behalf of Transport for NSW, and Taronga Conservation Society Australia to deliver a Regent Honeyeater Restoration Project along a disused rail corridor running from Merriwa to Sandy Hollow. The aim of the project is to educate the community about their native wildlife and to restore habitat connectivity through revegetation. Read more.
What have we done previously?
Visit our Stepping Stones website to see what we’ve achieved so far.
What makes our region special?
Due to a natural gap in the Great Eastern Ranges at the head of the Hunter Valley, the Hunter is one of only three areas on the eastern seaboard of Australia where inland ecosystems stretch down to the coast. While this gap facilitates the east-west movement of species, it also creates a critical pinch-point in the north-south flow of the Great Eastern Ranges. As a result, the conservation of north-south ‘stepping stones’ of vegetation is also vital to allowing the continued movement of species along the GER corridor.