The Tilligerry Habitat Association Inc. has been recognised for its work in conservation, rehabilitation and education, Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC said today.
The Association was named the NSW Department of Industry – Crown Lands & Water, Crown Reserve Trust Corporate Manager of the Year, at the 2017 Regional Achievement and Community Awards held on Friday 10th November at Marina Views Function Centre.
“Tilligerry Habitat Association manages a nine hectare flora and fauna reserve at Tanilba Bay in Port Stephens,” Mr MacDonald said.
“The group works closely with local Aboriginal bush teams and has held cultural burns to rejuvenate seed. Members have also re-planted the area with larger plants and tube-stock.
“The result is a healthy bush retreat providing habitat for koalas, bandicoots and echidnas, and a haven for the community and visitors to the region.”
NSW Minister for Lands and Forestry Paul Toole presented the award on Friday night.
“The Tilligerry Habitat Association has worked tirelessly for the Port Stephens community and is a very worthy recipient of this prestigious award,” Mr Toole said.
“The Regional Achievement and Community Awards recognises the enormous contribution made by people and organisations in land management, agricultural innovation, events, tourism, aged care and volunteering. These are all critical areas that support life in the bush and I congratulate all of this year’s finalists.”
Prizes were awarded in seven categories, including the NSW Department of Industry – Crown Lands & Water, Crown Reserve Trust Community Manager’s Award, which was presented to the Ulladulla Flora and Fauna Reserve Trust.