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Robertson Basalt Rainforest - Pic: Ford Kristo



















Pic: Ford Kristo - Robertson Basalt Rainforest



CURRENT EVENTS:


Southern Highlands Coal Action Group's presentation of its Groundwater Study, hosted by Wingecarribee Shire Council


6pm on Tuesday 15 April at Moss Vale Services Club.

To register for this event, go to: Eventbrite.com.au

This Groundwater Study looks at the delicate groundwater system that lays beneath the Southern Highlands and assesses the potential impact that coal mining and coal exploration may have on it.


Read more: Media release



Wingecarribee Shire’s environment comprises bushland, national parks, waterways and a diverse range of flora and fauna in many habitats.


Council encourages all of its community to ensure that the distinct and natural environment of the shire is protected and enhanced.


It also strives to engage and encourage the community by developing programs to explore ways in which we may all live more sustainably.



LATEST ENVIRONMENT NEWS


WINGECARRIBEE WEB
JAN/FEB 2014
  
Jan/Feb 2014

IN THIS EDITION:

- Shire koalas hit by fires
- Mittagong Creek tributary
- Cecil Hoskins Nature Reserve
- Solar power in the Highlands
- Annual Report - Environment
- Agapanthus choppin' time!
and lots more!

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  Wingecarribee Web Jan2014



SHIRE'S KOALAS HIT BY RECENT FIRES
  
December 2013

It is estimated October's Hall Road bush fire will have ramifications across the Shire's northern villages for years to come, but for the Shire's hidden koala population, the impact was immediately devastating.

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 Koala - K.Madden NPWS 



GIRL POWER TRANSFORMS WHITES CREEK, MOSS VALE
  
December 2013

A remarkable show of 'girl power' has transformed a section of Whites Creek in Moss Vale, creating a large expanse of native habitat for water birds.

Until 18 months ago, this section of Whites Creek was a neglected, weed-infested area dominated by willows, privet and various other viny and herbaceous weeds.

With the enciuragement and support of Moss Vale Landcare Group and adjoining neighbours, and funding from Council's Environment Levy and Sydney Catchment Authority, this section of public reserve along Whites Creek has been transformed.

More info
Frensham  



WINGECARRIBEE WEB - NOV 2013
  
IN THIS EDITION:

- Thankyou to our firies
- Council's Information Centre goes solar
- National Tree Day
- School's Environment Day
and lots more!

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 Wingecarribee Web














THANK YOU NATIONAL TREE DAY VOLUNTEERS!
  
October 2013

Wingecarribee Shire Council has thanked the volunteers who attended last Saturday's National Tree Day and hailed the day a great sucess.

"It was very heartening to see so many people, especially the youth, give up their Saturday morning to plant native trees, shrubs and groundcovers along White's Creek," said Paul Marshall, Council's Natural Resources Officer. "It was an especially great turn out given the smoke haze that enveloped the district."

In total 53 volunteers turned up to Whites Creek to help plant over one thousand native plants, with funding and support from the Sydney Catchment Authority and Council's environment Levy.

More info

National Tree Day



2013 SCHOOLS ENVIRONMENT DAY
  
October 2013

Wingecarribee Shire Council is gearing up to host this year's Wingecarribee Schools Environment Day which will be held at Lake Alexandra Reserve, Mittagong on Tuesday 15 October 2013.

Funded principally by Council's Environment Levy, Year 5 and 6 students from throughout the Shire have been invited to the interactive open day and participate in hands-on displays and experiments.

More info

  



COUNCIL'S INFORMATION CENTRE GOES SOLAR
  
Sept 2013

As part of its push to save energy, Wingecarribee Shire Council has just installed a solar power system on the roof of the Southern Highlands Information Centre (SHIC) in Mittagong.

Council estimates the installation of the 9kw system will save the organisation around $2,700 per year and subsequently reduce the organisation's carbon footprint by 13 tonnes each year.

More info
 Solar Panels



WINGECARRIBEE WEB - SEPT 2013
  
Our first online edition of the Wingecarribee Web is now available.

View online here or
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In this edition:
- New camera traps in action
- 20 Years of Bushcare at Mt Gibraltar
- Community Gardens
- National Tree Day
- Schools Environment Day
and lots more!

Wingecarribee Web E-News





GREAT EASTERN RANGES
SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS SEED PROJECT
  
August 2013

The GER Southern Highlands Seed Project has been conceived to ensure there will be enough viable native seed to meet the environmental restoration needs of the Southern Highlands.

Linked to the expansion of the Wingecarribee Shire Council community nursery, the project is focused on increasing the seed available as well as training the local community in how to responsibly collect wild seed.

More info (PDF, 300Kb)

GERLogo  


NEW WILDLIFE CAMERA TRAPS
  
August 2013

Supported by funding from the Environment Levy, Council's environment team has started trialling the use of motion sensor cameras to capture wildlife living in our bushland areas. So far the cameras have captured native animals including swamp wallabies, wombats and ring tail possums, as well as pests like foxes, rats and rabbits.

View the video here (external link to Vimeo)

Still of swamp wallaby



WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY 2013
 

Tuesday June 4 - Sunday June 9, 2013

To celebrate World Environment Day 2013 and funded by Council's Environment Levy, Wingecarribee Shire Council is supporting a series of fantastic community activities in a week-long celebration to inspire people to think a little differently about the food they eat.

More information


World Environment Day 2013  



COMMUNITY GARDENS

5 April 2013

Wingecarribee Shire Council is encouraging residents to get involved with local community gardens to help the environment and create healthier meals. Council has partnered with both Moss Vale and Bundanoon Community Gardens to support the movement which encourages communities to create a more self-provisioning economy by growing their own food.

Council is always looking for opportunities to support the establishment and growth of new community and school gardens throughout the Wingecarribee Shire, with support funded by the Environment Levy.

For more information about community gardening, please contact Kimberly Elliott on (02) 4868 0811.

More information

Moss Vale Community Garden Sign


ENVIRONMENTAL WEEDS BROCHURE 
18 Feb 2013

Council has recently released the brochure 'Environmental Weeds in the Southern Highlands'. This new brochure profiles the 15 worst environmental weeds in the Southern Highlands, and also provides a comprehensive list of recommended alternative native and exotic plants.

The brochure was funded by Council's Environment Levy, NSW Environmental Trust, Hawkesbury-Nepean CMA, and the Local Government & Shires Association of NSW.

The brochure is available for download as a .pdf file, simply click the link below:

Brochure - Environmental Weeds in the Southern Highlands
(PDF, 2Mb)


More information



 


For further information from the Environment & Sustainability team (including how you can get involved) please click on any of the links below: