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Hunter Wetlands Centre Australia

Hunter Wetlands Centre Australia

Name of organisation: Shortland Wetlands Trust Inc

Funding support: Self funded and through successful applications for grants and sponsorship

Number of staff:  Approx 6 full time equivalent paid staff, between 150-200 volunteers spread throughout teams and operational requirements

Number of visitors per year: 25913 unique visitors in 2011 annual report

Overall aims of the centre

Established in 1985 as Australias first wetlands centre. Not for profit, and registerd charity. We aim to provide a working example of a community operated centre managing a 45Ha ramsar wetland, including conservation and land management, education, ecotourism, and providing a relevant experience to the visiting public.

Description of the centre

45ha site, listed for its support of the Egret breeding season, mix of man made and natural wetlands, provision of habitat for the Australiasian bittern and other wetland, shore and woodland birds, has over 250 recorded species of avi-fauna and fauna, reptiles and other life on site not to mention local flora. Provides facilities for the general public, canoeing, bbq’s, and so on…

Main CEPA work areas

Our centre is project focused and through those projects we often include aspects of communication like workshops, seminars, fact sheets, case studies, reporting and volunteer engagament. Refer specific project for details


Interpretation techniques

Creating signage; site information; Producing written materials;Developing nature trails

Visitor centres

Managing / creating habitat; Running a visitor centre; Building / maintaining structures


Working with disabled people; Engaging hard-to-reach groups; Engaging young people; Engaging the local community;

Working with volunteers

Education and communication

Early years education; Working with primary schools;Working with secondary schools; Developing resources / materials


Auditing / assessing effectiveness; PR and marketing; Running effective administration; Health and safety; Fund-raising; Project planning.
Annual reports provide good information and our members newsletter ‘The Wetlander’ is a great source of stories and activities reporting about what goes on at the centre. We also have the Wetlands Environmental Education Centre run by the NSW Department of Education on site. Lots of school groups visit the centre every year and use the site to perform curriculum studies and get involved in special events

Dr Stuart Blanch (CEO) E:  Tel: 61 2 4951 6466

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