Thirty-metre mural at Pokolbin Distillery raises glass to Hunter's threatened species conservation

Pic: Andi Mether - Zest Events 2
Pic: Andi Mether - Zest Events 2

A THIRTY-metre mural has been unveiled on the walls of Pokolbin Distillery, featuring three of the Hunter region's threatened species- the Regent Honeyeater, Swift Parrot and Pokolbin Mallee.

The eye-catching painting was completed by internationally-recognised artist Thomas Jackson.

The NSW Department of Planning, Industry and Environment's Hunter Central Coast Biodiversity and Conservation senior team leader, Lucas Grenadier, said the works acknowledged the importance of conserving the unique biodiversity of the region.

"The Hunter is one of the most species-rich regions in NSW and is home to an incredible array of rare native animals and plants," he explained.

"Sadly, the populations of woodland birds such as the Regent Honeyeater and the Swift Parrot have been in decline over the past 30 years due to habitat loss and increased predation.

"The NSW Government Saving our Species (SoS) program and Hunter Local Land Services (LLS) have been actively working to secure the local population of these woodland birds, now and into the future.

"This incredible mural is the first stage in a new conservation partnership between SoS, Hunter LLS and the Pokolbin and Hunter distilleries, which will see the distilleries used for environmental education activities including field days, tree plantings and threatened species research.

"We're so excited to have the Pokolbin and Hunter Distillery teams on board to help the community learn more about conserving the incredible native birds, plants and other animals that call the Hunter region home."

The thirty-metre mural was completed in June.

Its unveiling follows the release of 20 captive-bred Regent Honeyeaters in the Hunter last month, which aims to bolster the wild population of the birds and secure their future.

Hunter LLS is also working with landholders, Aboriginal communities and Landcare to restore and protect significant woodland bird habitats through funding from the Australian Government's National Landcare Program.

Residents and visitors to the Hunter Valley are encouraged to stop by the mural to learn more about threatened species conservation in the Hunter.

The Department and Hunter LLS are asking visitors to share images from their visit to social media using #SavingOurSpecies.