On reflection

Following Part I “Love between Two Cranes” featuring Zhalong wetland national nature reserve in China, Part II “Love from Our Shared World” continues our shared passion in wildlife sustainability between China and Australia that covers our local Hunter wetlands.

About the photographers

Over the past few years, a group of Sydney Chinese photographers who love to watch and photograph birds, has regularly visited the Hunter Wetlands Centre and captured many special moments of our native birds with their cameras. The group would drive up to the region during weekends to photograph birds around the Hunter wetlands and shared their exquisite images and experiences on social media. In 2019, the group decided to donate some of their artworks depicting the wildlife of the wetlands within the proximity of the Hunter Wetlands Centre. An exhibition was also successfully held in February 2020 at the centre.

Hunter Wetlands Centre

Hunter wetland centre

Until the mid-1980s, this vibrant wetland refuge was a dump in every sense of the word. Over the previous century, the massive Hunter estuary wetland system known as Hexham Swamp had been progressively filled for rubbish, railways and recreation, leaving only fragmented patches of remnant wetlands across the estuary. A significant patch of wetland in Shortland was converted to football fields and a clubhouse. This one-time home ground of the Hamilton Rugby Club was to become the eventual site of the Hunter Wetlands Centre.

Today, the Hunter Wetlands Centre is a vibrant wetland ecosystem bursting with life. The site is regarded as a wetland of national and international importance and the centre enjoys a growing reputation for excellence in wetland conservation, education and ecotourism.

This remarkable transformation was due to the determination and persistence of the local community and some far-sighted organisations, who have joined forces to protect and restore this remarkable wetland for the benefit of all who depend on it and those who simply enjoy it.

(Text and image courtesy of the Hunter Wetlands Centre)

Volunteer for love

During many visits to Hunter Wetlands Centre, the photographers got acquainted with the volunteers working in the wetlands.

Our volunteers are the backbone of the centre. They support the ground maintenance, bush regeneration, nursery, cleaning and animal care. Touched by their community spirit and conservation commitment, this photographer group would like to pay tribute to these wonderful volunteers through this photo collection.

Video: Volunteer for Love

Our wetland at the University of Newcastle

The University of Newcastle also has our own wetland that includes a creek system, and the wetland along the Don Morris walk which opened in 1996. With careful planning to maximise retention of the existing native vegetation, the surroundings showcase the character of the bushland campus, and the wetland is a natural habitat for native bird species.

Hunter Wetlands

Hunter wetlands

Love, live and thrive

Everyone can be the advocate for wildlife sustainability to protect our mother earth, care for our future generations, and embrace the rights to love, live and thrive sustainably.

Newcastle China Week 2020 is proud to present the ‘Love from Our Shared World’ online photographic exhibition. We would like to express our sincere appreciation for the contributions from our wonderful Sydney Chinese photographers and the support of the Hunter Wetlands Centre.

Kids volunteering at the Hunter Wetlands

Love from our Shared World

‘Love from Our Shared World’ Online Exhibition follows the group’s exploration of the birdlife with a focus on the diversity of birds found in Hunter wetlands.

Within Hunter wetlands and urban settings, various native birds bathe, mate, feed, and play which inspired the photographers to capture these unique moments.

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The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.