One of Port Stephens’ most significant environmental assets — the Mambo Wetlands — is set to benefit from a $100,000 grant to rehabilitate and protect the area for future generations.

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.

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.”

For more information or to volunteer at Mambo Wetlands, [email protected]