Calling all Newcastle residents past and present. This is your chance to make your mark on the Newcastle landscape by naming one of six unnamed creeks. Creek naming is a great way for residents to connect with Newcastle’s precious natural areas, discover their unique qualities and interesting history. Nominations close on Saturday 30 November 2013.
You can either print and complete the pdf Name the Creek Entry Form (320 KB)
or submit your entry on-line using our on-line entry form
For enquiries or to register please call 4974 2622 or email email@example.com
Newcastle has approximately 150 kilometres of natural waterways. Once a year, in spring, Council’s Natural Connection program invites residents, schools and community groups to participate in monitoring the condition of their local creek, river or wetland by conducting water quality and water bug (macroinvertebrate) surveys. Identifying water bug types and abundance at a given location assists Council in determining the health of a waterway. The Spring Water Bug Survey is a great activity for kids and a great way to find out about your local environment.
If you would like to be involved in our 2014 Spring Water Bug Survey or would like more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 4974 2622. Your involvement will help us identify areas that need rehabilitation with the goal of improving the local environment.
No matter where you live in Newcastle you live in a catchment. A catchment is an area of land that drains eventually to a single point.
Within the Newcastle Local Government Area there are many smaller sub-catchments that form part of the larger Hunter River Catchment, one of the largest coastal catchments in New South Wales. The main catchment areas within Newcastle are shown on the map below.
Some catchments in Newcastle are still in a relatively natural state while others have been heavily developed, with natural creek lines replaced by concrete channels in an effort to control flooding in the 1930’s. The remaining areas of bushland, wetlands and creeks are important ecological, recreational and visual assets valued highly by the community.