Located on the north half of Kooragang Island, known locally by its historic name – Ash Island



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Our Vision

Our vision is for an estuary in which healthy, restored fisheries and other wildlife habitat is in balance with a thriving port, the whole providing opportunities for research, education and recreation for people.

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Our Aims

To help redress the loss of fisheries, shorebird, threatened species and other wildlife habitat in the Hunter Estuary due to clearing, draining and filling over the past 200 years by conserving, restoring and improving Kooragang Wetlands for nature conservation.

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Our Objectives

To link applied research to wetland management and develop complementary opportunities for research, environmental education, recreation and nature-based tourism and demonstrate that local industry and conservation can work together.

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As a volunteer group we have to raise our own funds. 

For those who wish to make a simple donation https://donorbox.org/grow-a-native-forest

Volunteers are welcomed and can register with the Hunter Volunteer Centre which has information on roles available.

We are a sociable, family friendly place to find fulfilling and meaningful volunteer role. Visit Hunter Volunteer Centre https://hvc.org.au/

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Friends of the Schoolmasters House Inc

The Friends of the Schoolmasters House Inc. (FOTSH) occupy the historic cottage once home to the headmasters of the local Ash Island school. Amongst the projects Friends volunteers are working on are :-

Digitising a library of books, photos and other important material they have relating to the area’s history to make sure it is protected for the future.

Knit’n Sew for Wildlife – making bedding and other items used by registered wildlife carers for care of rescued and injured native animals in the Hunter region. Care and maintenance of the Schoolmasters House (SMH) building.

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About Kooragang Wetlands

Visit Kooragang Wetlands

A great place to see restoration of fisheries, shorebird, frog and rainforest habitat.
Walk, cycle, picnic, fish, birdwatch, discover the past.

Aborigial Heritage

Natural resource managers can learn about sustainable care of the environment from Aboriginal culture.

Vision and action

Ecological restoration for a healthier estuary continues through the Hunter Estuary Program of Hunter Local Land Services.


Volunteers play a large part in helping to restore native vegetation of the Hunter estuary. Since 1995 over 200,000 trees and shrubs have been planted.

Schoolmasters House - Ash Island

The Schoolmasters house has local heritage significance. It was built in the mid 1890s to house the schoolmasters who administered and taught at the Ash Island Public School located a short walk to the west. The house has stood through floods, been the home for many tennants and during World War II was leased by the RAAF. Sturdily built of double brick, the house has Baltic Pine ceilings, tallowwood floors, cedar doors and windows, and three marble fireplaces.

Significantly it is the last of the buildings on the islands in the estuary still standing on its original footprint. When the last tenant left the house in 1997 it underwent restoration to return to its near original condition. For over 20 years it was the administration and information centre for the Kooragang Wetland Rehabilitation Project. The Friends of the Schoolmasters House took over the lease on July 1st 2018


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