The Hunter-Central Rivers Catchment Management Authority (CMA) would like to thank the following organisations and individuals for their support of this project.
Thiess Proprietary Limited, who in 2003 sponsored the National Riverprize at the International RiverSymposium. In that year the Hunter Catchment Management Trust, with its partners, won the Riverprize in recognition of its conservation work in the Hunter River catchment.
The funds from the award were invested into this project and the CMA continues to receive great support from the International Riverfoundation in continuing the work the Trust began.
The CMA has been fortunate to secure the permission of the Australian Broadcasting Commission (ABC) to incorporate into the Hunter River Explorer website a series of interviews conducted by reporters Phil Ashley-Brown and Murdo MacLeod as part of the popular River Stories program that was produced by Newcastle ABC Local Radio in 2003.
A special thanks to Brad Franks of the Muswellbrook Shire Council Aboriginal Policy Project Reference Committee, and to artist George Anderson, who created the remarkable indigenous map of the Hunter River catchment that he generously allowed to be incorporated within the site.
The CMA is indebted to the generous support and contributions of the community of the Hunter catchment throughout the development of this project. The result is a tribute to their enthusiasm and commitment to the protection of our region's precious natural resources.
In particular our thanks go to:
Peter Flynn of Woodlands Stud, Brett Keeping of Two Rivers Wines, Peter, Serena and Judy White of Belltrees Station, Neil Raphael, Bruce Richards, Narelle Caslick at AngloCoal, Peter and Anne Daunton of Blairmore, Neville Holtz, Vera Deacon, Reg, Pat and Geoff Hyde, Dr Glenn Albrecht, John Heath, John Maynard, Gionni DiGravio, Tony Webber from NSW State Water, Nick Cook of the Department of Water and Energy, Philip Ashley-Brown, Cheryl Kitchener from the Awabakal Land Council, and the staff and volunteers of the Kooragang Wetland Rehabilitation Project.
Special mention must be made of the enormous contribution made by Sue Rostas, both to this project and to the Kooragang Wetlands Rehabilitation Project, where she worked as Communications Officer for over 10 years. The community of Newcastle lost an amazing environmental advocate and educator in Sue when she died suddenly on 11 July 2008 at Kooragang Wetlands. Her energy, enthusiasm, generosity and warmth will be sorely missed by all those who knew her and worked alongside her in protecting and promoting the unique environment of the Hunter Estuary.
Finally to the creative force of Emma Davidson and Jonathan Stilts at unconundrum.net, who showed great flexibility, drive and imagination in designing and developing the Hunter River Explorer and providing a considerable contribution to bringing the site to life.