Parliamentary Secretary for the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC has confirmed $25,000 in funding to the Hunter Wetlands Centre for a strategic business review of the Centre’s operations.
“Hunter Wetlands Centre approached the NSW Government with concerns over their long-term viability and a meeting was convened with stakeholders,” Mr MacDonald said.
“I’m pleased to be able to announce today an inter-agency response to fund a strategic business review of the Hunter Wetland’s Centre operations.”
“I thank those that have contributed to supporting the Hunter Wetlands Centre, including Hunter Water Corporation, NSW Office of Environment & Heritage and NSW Office of Regional Development.”
“This business review will examine how to ensure the Hunter Wetland’s Centre remains sustainable to continue its important environmental, educational and social functions.”
"It is essential for the iconic Wetlands Centre to be more financially sustainable in the future, and the Business Review is an critical part of this renewal process", David Crofts, Chair of the Hunter Wetlands Centre said.
"We want to continue to deliver the best possible environmental, education and visitor services."
"The funding will enable the Wetlands Centre to undertake a thorough professional review of its operations. We will use these funds to engage an external expert to help us ensure our operations are as efficient as possible and well targeted to our needs.”
"We are grateful to the NSW Government for providing support to enable us to progress this aspect of our renewal program".
The Hunter Wetlands Centre have also been granted $4,750 for their freckled duck program from the NSW Conservation Fund grant program, administered by the Minister for the Environment The Hon. Gabrielle Upton MP.
Hunter Wetlands Centre has been keeping freckled ducks in captivity since 1993, successfully breeding over 150 ducks from an original crop of 17 ducks.
The duck’s nursery shelter, and holding shelter will be upgraded through a range of works, including relining the nursery pond, and providing mains water to the holding shelter.