Hastings-Macleay Biodiversity Symposium on May 16

Have you ever heard about the Hastings-Macleay Key Biodiversity Area and why it has been internationally recognised?

Do you know where it is? Do you live in it? Are you aware of what work is being done to improve its condition?

If you would like the answers to these questions or like to know more, make sure you attend a free event at the Port Macquarie Glasshouse on May 16.  

Co-hosted by North Coast Local Land Services and Hastings Birdwatchers Group, the Symposium will provide an opportunity for the public and government representatives to hear presentations discussing a wide variety of management issues relevant to the Hastings-Macleay Key Biodiversity Area.

Presenters will include leading local natural resource managers, local bird watching enthusiasts, and experts in land and wildlife conservation. 

“We will be fortunate to have Dr Golo Maurer from the nation’s largest bird conservation organisation Birdlife Australia as the keynote speaker,” Max Osborne, Senior Land Services Officer from North Coast Local Land Services said.

“Dr Maurer will be providing great insights and background about the International Key Biodiversity Area network and their importance at a local and global scale.

“We are hoping to raise the profile and awareness of the Hastings Macleay Key Biodiversity Area not only with the local residents and landowners, but also with key community groups, government agencies and nongovernment organisations involved in land management activities across this 115,000 hectares of the Mid North Coast.”

By attending this event, landowners will learn about what they can do to assist with improving the Hastings Macleay Key Biodiversity Area.

Whether you own a two hectare rural residential property or a 500 hectare floodplain grazing enterprise, all landowners can make land management decisions that will assist survival of the diverse range of native species represented in the Hastings.   

Environmental officers from Kempsey Shire and Port Macquarie Hastings Councils will give presentations regarding what each council is doing to address the issues facing the Hastings Macleay Key Biodiversity Area.

Attendees will also hear from North Coast Local Land Services; Office of Environment and Heritage - National Parks and Wildlife Service and Department of Industry - Lands and Water to see what other activities and project are happening.

The Symposium will be held at the Glasshouse Port Macquarie on between 9.30am and 4.30 pm.

The event is free however bookings are essential for catering purposes.

For more information or to confirm bookings please call North Coast Local Land Services, Kempsey office on 6563 6700.