The Mambo Wetlands is now officially in community hands, after Port Stephens Council voted to protect the land for future generations.

At last night’s meeting, Council accepted the transfer of 7 lots at Port Stephens Drive, Salamander Bay from the Planning Ministerial Corporation, classified it as Community Land and consolidated the lots into the adjoining Mambo Wetlands.

Mayor Ryan Palmer says it’s a win for the community of Port Stephens.

“Tonight, we put one of Port Stephens’ most significant environmental assets safely back in community hands.

“By classifying it as Community Land and consolidating the lots into the existing Mambo Wetlands, we’ve made sure that this land is protected for future generations.

“Port Stephens Council has long advocated for the land to be returned to the community — it’s wonderful to get the result that Port Stephens deserves.

“I want to thank the community members who fought long and hard for this outcome, and congratulations to Councillor Jaimie Abbott for her work behind the scenes to achieve the right outcome for the community,” Mayor Palmer said.

East Ward Councillor Jaimie Abbott has thanked those who contributed to the acquisition.

“What a journey it’s been. I’d like to thank this Council, specifically the Mayor for writing to the State Government.

“It hasn’t been easy and I want to pay tribute to the community – so many people who worked tirelessly to win this fight,” Cr Abbott said.

Port Stephens Council has also recently received $100,000 from the NSW Government’s Environmental Trust to rehabilitate and protect the Mambo Wetlands from invasive species.

Council is currently looking for volunteers to join our working bee on the last Wednesday of the month. For more information or to volunteer at Mambo Wetlands, contact [email protected]