Shorebird Habitat Rehabilitation

Posted on
March 14, 2019
One of only two Australian projects to be awarded the prestigious PIANC Working With Nature Certificate.

The Port of Newcastle, in partnership with Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group (NCIG), has restored 28ha of saltmarsh and mudflats from mangrove invasion. The project surpassed expectations by increasing the areas being restored and ensuring the mangroves would be unable to return to Ash Island. This involved the installation of a culvert and valve system to control tidal flooding which would otherwise allow mangrove seeds to reclaim the area. The Port of Newcastle engaged an ecologist to complete pre-clearance surveys and restore their land, as well as their neighbours NCIG.

"Port of Newcastle recognises its boundary is just a line on a mapand it resides within an important, multi-faceted natural ecosystem. We are committed to supporting our ecological neighbours and partnering with stakeholders across the Port to deliver best-practice outcomes for the benefit of our environment and community." - Geoff Crowe, Port of Newcastle CEO.

The tidal wetlands were a previous home to several endangered shorebird species and natural plantation. Since restoration, migratory shorebirds now use the area including the critically endangered Curlew Sandpiper and Whimbrel. The saltmarsh has made a magnificent come back and can be seen re -establishing across the entire project site.

This was a 12-month rehabilitation project, and the Port of Newcastle and NCIG have committed to future ecological vigilance. Their effort has been an active improvement of the environment to restore and protect the natural heritage of this area.  Ongoing monitoring and refinement of th eproject will understand its successes and ensure its future protection as valuable habitat for migratory shorebirds.

The diligence of Port of Newcastle promotes the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals:

6- Clean Water and Sanitation

11- Sustainable Cities and Communities

15- Life on Land

17- Partnerships for the Goals


Our Future Goals:
Drive governments to support coastal and regional shipping- to reduce congestion in the cities and improve air quality.

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