• North Coast Environment Council

    Formed in 1976, we are the peak umbrella environment group in northern NSW. We cover the area from the Hunter to the Tweed and west to the New England Highway. We also actively support other campaigns further afield. We receive no government funding and have no paid staff or central office. Our members and office-bearers work around the region, often travelling large distances to assist others as we organise in our defence of the environment and the communities it sustains. We rely on donations and the efforts of our members and volunteers, to remain effective. If you would like to make a tax deductible donation to assist us with our work, we guarantee plenty of bang for your buck. Post us a message to this site and we will get back to you.
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Member groups

Ballina Environment Society

Bellingen Environment Centre

Big Scrub Environment Centre

Broken Head Protection Society

Byron Environment Centre

Byron Environment and Conservation Organisation (BEACON)

Caldera Environment Centre

Camden Haven Protection Society

Clarence Environment and Social Justice Centre

Clarence Valley Conservation Coalition

Clarence Valley Watch

Concerned Residents of Arrawarra and Mullaway

Conservation of North Ocean Shores (CONOS)

Coffs Harbour Organic Producers Org Inc.

Cows out of Water

Crescent Head Ratepayers and Residents Association

EcoNetwork Port Stephens Inc

Friends of the Koala

Friends of South West Rocks

Great Lakes Environment Association

Hunter Community Environment Centre

Jetty Action Group – Jetty Dune Care

Moonee Action Group

Myall Koala and Enviro Support Group

Nambucca Valley Conservation Association

National Parks Association -Clarence

National Parks Association – Far North Coast

National Parks Association- Mid North Coast

National Parks Association- Three Valleys

Nimbin Environment Centre

Oxygen Farm

Pikapene and Cherrytree Environment Centre

Port Macquarie Conservation Society

Redrock Preservation Society

Rising Tide, Newcastle

Sawtell Community Bushcare Group

Scotts Head Protection Group

Ulitarra Society

Upper Clarence Environment Network

Valla Residents Environment Group


Members of:

Bell Miner Associated Dieback Working Group

Nature Conservation Council of NSW

North East Forest Alliance

Regional Alliance for Sustainable Planning


16 Responses

  1. I am an honours student in Environmental Science at Souther Cross University. As a student I have little money to donate to your cause. However, I have some skills which may be of use to you and would happily donate time.

    Helen Robinson

  2. Thank you.
    Great work.

  3. Hello there,

    Please can you link the Bellingen Environment Centre to their webpage – http://www.bellingenenvironmentcentre.org.au?


    Amy Boyd
    for the Bellingen Environment Centre

    • Thanks Amy, you are now linked. Great to see all the activity happening around Bello.

  4. Ecopella to tour North Coast!

    Ecopella is a choir that has been performing Save-The-World Music at rallies, protests, festivals and concerts since its inception in 1998.

    We have branches in Sydney, Canberra, the Illawarra, Blue Mountains and Central Coast and are planning to bring our members and our music to the North Coast of NSW in late September and early October this year.

    I am writing to ask you to please share your local knowledge of environmental gatherings or music festivals that may be happening at that time. We’re looking for opportunities to perform, and are also interested in running workshops with singers and activitists.

    Feel free to visit our website below to learn more about us, or by all means reply to this email, or phone me as below.

    Yours in harmony,

    Miguel Heatwole miguel@ecopella.org
    Ecopella – ecopella.org

  5. How do you feel about these organisations co-opting your name in their anti-hunting campaign?

    Does your organisation recognise that more needs to be done to mitigate the impacts of invasive species?

    • NCEC supports the anti-hunting campaign. There is no evidence that recreational hunting is a solution for feral animal control. Feral animal control needs to be undertaken by professionals. There are way too many examples of hunters being careless, shooting native animals (and people), causing excessive pain and suffering by wounding animals etc. Solutions to invasive species don’t come from political deals, where the public assets get sold off and then the shooters that have had no training get to shoot in the national parks.

      • There are several points you’ve made there that are completely inaccurate.

        Professional hunters are no different to amateur hunters in many ways, licensing and training is much the same. The differences is “professionals” can shoot from helicopter, truck or trail, at night, with night-vision, spotlights and semi-autos. Vocational conservation hunters can not.

        There are no cases I’m aware of which involve R-Licensed hunters killing members of the general public, there are some hunting accidents involving hunters which are known to each other, nothing involving bushwalkers or other park users.

        Anyone shooting natives or causing excessive pain and suffering is committing a crime, you can’t make illegal more illegal.

        Solutions to invasive species mitigation don’t come from relying on government funding (which no longer exists).

  6. Hi there, very interested in working with your group. How can you put volunteers like me and Ms. Robinson to work?

    • We’d love to work together with others who are passionate about the environment. Where abouts are you based and what are the environmental issues that you would most like to do something about?

  7. Hi, I am concerned about the draft POEO (General) Amendment (Native Forest Bio-material) Regulation 2013

    Between 22 July and 20 August, the Environment Protection Authority sought comment on a draft Regulation to exclude two additional types of materials from the definition of ‘native forest bio-material’ under the Protection of the Environment Operations (General) Regulation 2009.

    This would allow them to be burnt in electricity-generating works with a capacity of over 200 kilowatts.

    The two materials proposed to be excluded are:
    invasive native species cleared in accordance with a property vegetation plan, within the meaning of the Native Vegetation Act 2003 external link certain material resulting from forestry operations carried out on land to which an Integrated Forestry Operations Approval (IFOA) applies under Part 5B of the Forestry Act 2012, as well as debris from clearing carried out in accordance with a private native forestry property vegetation plan.

    This will only put our forests at greater risk and reduce the amount of habitat left, if any, after a logging event, this will increase soil erosion impacts & all the other unsustainable impacts associated with the ridiculous antiquated practice of logging our native forests.

    More information of the proposed legislative changes are available at http://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/licensing/natforestbiofuel.htm. Even though the time for submissions has closed, the bill has not yet been passed and letters to the PM’s may stir someone.

    Thank you for all you do.
    Kylie Rolls

    • Thanks Kylie, it’s good to know that people like yourself are out there!. You are quite right, even though submissions have closed, and NCEC made a submission, it’s still worth writing to the members of parliament particularly in the NSW Upper House. Here’s a link to a letter that everyone who cares about forests may want to sign on to: http://nccnsw.org.au/take-action/stop-burning-forest-for-energy

  8. Hi NCEC, we’ve added you to our environmental groups directory, but we can’t find your contacts on this website. Can you let us know how people should get in touch with you if they want to get involved or join? Thanks! http://www.ecoshout.org.au


    • good point. will decide some suitable contact points and put them up on the front page. Fancy overlooking that!

    • dear Sarah, we have added a ‘contact’ tab on the home page with some phone numbers and an email address. thanks for the nudge.

  9. I’m trying to connect with local aboriginal members to prooves where I come from is there anywhere I should be looking

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