Bequests & Donations
All donations $2 and over may be tax deductible. Help protect and regenerate our precious and unique wetlands for future generations.
You can donate with your credit card by using our secure online donation form:
- Give a single donation OR
- Donate every month through a simple automatic deduction
Benefits of being a Hunter Wetlands regular donor and giving monthly through automatic deduction:
- Giving by a regular gift is easier because you don't have to worry about stamps, mailing the letters and phone calls
- Your regular gifts help with getting things done. We can start planned projects earlier because we know the money will come in for their ongoing funding.
- Regular giving help with long term planning because we can rely on the income in the future
- More can be done with your gift because regular gifts keep our administration and funding costs to a minimum
Why Save our Wetlands?
- The Hunter Wetlands is home to over 250 species of wildlife. The onsite ponds at HWCA have developed into viable ecosystems that regularly support breeding water birds, including ducks, swans, grebes, pelicans and magpie geese.
- About 84% of plants, 83% of mammals, and 45% of birds are endemic - that is, they are only found in Australia. The HWCA supports one of the few egret breeding colonies in the area.
- Human activites have changed the landscape and natural habitats. This has put hundreds of our unique species at risk, such as the long-necked tortoise which is also found on site at the Hunter Wetlands.
- When one habitat or species is affected by human behaviour, the entire circle of life can be altered without our knowledge. Biodiversity is the idea that species of plants and animals rely on each other to survive and flourish, and HWCA want to ensure the rich biodiversity of this precious wetlands for future generations.
Why donate to the Hunter Wetlands Centre?
Hunter Wetlands Centre is a non-profit organisation that is a hub or leading practice in Wetlands conservation, education, tourism and management.
At HWCA we focus on our strategic and business plans on four key components: Wetlands Conservation and Management, Education, Tourism and Recreation and Governance.
HWCA has a lot to be proud of. The site has been transformed from a former dumpsite and football fields into a wetlands or international significance under the Ramsar Convention. With a dedicated group of over 160 volunteers the site has undergone remarkable transformation to become a "Haven for Wildlife and People" and a destination all can enjoy.
Since 1981, the HWCA has been an important site for a breeding colony of four Egret species. The Lower Hunter Region is a staging place for the southern migration of Cattle Egrets from Queensland and northern New South Wales colonies.
A successful application for protection under the Ramsar Convention was announced in November 2002. This means our wetlands are listed as internationally significant under the Ramsar Convention - an international treaty for the protection and wise use of wetlands.
The Hunter Wetlands Centre is located on 45 hectares featuring diverse and vibrant local species of plants and wildlife. Tax deductible donations from the community are a vital part of this conservation effort. They enable the purchase and ongoing management of reserves and help support our partnerships such as with the Australian Plant Society.
Your donation could help the Hunter Wetlands Centre to work towards their future goals. Enhancing ecological character and values identified under under the Ramsar listing, improved access to technical knowledge and wetland research to promote best practice in wetland management, and expanding rehabilitation to showcase the reintroduction of animals, where feasible, are just a few of the ways your gift would go towards helping the community.
Hunter Wetlands Centre aims to increase understanding and appreciation for wetlands values throughout the community and demonstrate and promote wetland education tools on and off the site to improve wetland conservation via their education centre
A bequest is a personal gift of great importance and a lasting legacy to your beliefs and values.
If you share the values of wetlands conservation, protection of native wildlife, education, and community participation then we would we gratefully accept your generous bequest.
Download a HWCA Supporter Kit for more information.
What will we do with your bequest?
Your bequest will help HWCA to manage and protect the internationally significant Shortland Wetlands and create a haven for wildlife and people. Donations from all of our supporters go towards HWCA's conservation work including:
- buying trees and plants
- paying for animal feed
- paying vet bills
- community education programs
Making your Will
It is important to seek legal advice when making your Will. The Law Institute or Association in your State or Territory can refer you to a solicitor. Remember to review your Will every few years to ensure it still reflects your wishes.
There are a number of options for leaving a bequest to HWCA:
- leave the residue of your estate after specific bequests have been left to family and friends
- leave a nominated portion or a fixed percentage of your estate (this guards against the effects of inflation over time)
- leave a specific gift (eg property or shares)
If you do decide to leave a gift to HWCA, it is important that you use the correct wording in your Will. Take special care to use our registered name - Shortland Wetlands Ltd.
Our full details are:
Shortland Wetlands Ltd
ABN 59 002 975 144
PO Box 292
Wallsend NSW 2287
Phone: +61 2 4951 6466
You may like to use the following wording as a guide to make your bequest to HWCA:
‘I bequeath, free of all duties [insert here details of the bequest] to Shortland Wetlands Ltd ABN 59 002 975 144, with the written acknowledgement of the Secretary or other proper officer of Shortland Wetlands Ltd to be accepted by my executors as a full and complete discharge.’
We would love to hear from you if you have made a bequest to HWCA in your Will or if you are thinking of doing so. We would like to acknowledge your generous support in your lifetime by keeping you informed about HWCA news and mailing you our member's newsletter 'The Wetlander.' We would also like to offer you the opportunity to post your story on our website to share your passion with others.
All your personal details will be treated in the strictest of confidence and we will respect your wishes if you choose to remain anonymous.
If you would like further information about leaving a bequest to HWCA, or would prefer to discuss it with one of our staff, you can contact us by phone (02) 49516466 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.