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The Wingecarribee Shire is fortunate in having diverse plant community types, plants and animals and is considered a biodiversity hot-spot. Council has care and control of more than 40 remnant bush land reserves in excess of 4000 hectares, as well as caring for a number of significant watercourses and wetlands.

Volunteer Bush Regenerators play an essential role in Council’s management of this bush land. This role is primarily concerned with maintenance of high-value bush land and regeneration of degraded bush land areas within the Shire.

During 2016-2017 Wingecarribee Bushcare volunteers from 17 active groups completed 179 sessions contributing a total of 3,237 hours of bush regeneration work worth $113,295. A total of 6,712 local provenance native plants from the Community Nursery were planted on public land. 

The Volunteer Bush Regeneration program is integrated with the work of Council staff, contractors and other community groups and is complementary to private land conservation, which all contribute to biodiversity outcomes for this shire.


Get Involved!

pdfWingecarribee Bushcare Brochure (PDF, 643 Kb)
PDFVolunteer Application Form - Bushcare and Rivercare (PDF, 752 Kb) 
PDFRequest to Establish a Bushcare Group Form (PDF, 154Kb)

There are many benefits in becoming a Bushcare volunteer, including access to a social network and fresh air and exercise!

Council's Bushcare Program is designed to integrate the community with the management of bush land. Members of the community are welcome to play an active role in bush land rehabilitation and assist Council with management issues related to the reserves.

For more information on how to volunteer with your local Bushcare group, contact:

Environment Officer - Bushcare and Citizen Science

Telephone: (02) 4868-0772 (Monday to Friday)

Work, Health and Safety

All new Bushcare volunteers need to be registered and given a safety induction before commencing any work on site. The safety of our volunteers and staff is very important to Council, so please speak up and bring any hazards to the attention of the Bushcare staff and/or Group Convenor if you are concerned about anything at all.

The Bushcare Volunteer Manual is your reference document, so download and read the document below. The Bushcare Volunteer Manual Part 3 - Work Health and Safety is required reading prior to meeting on site with your Group Convenor.

PDFBushcare Volunteer Manual (PDF, 1.25MB)

Recent Bushcare/Landcare Network Events

Landcare/Bushcare Bus Tour of Upper Lachlan - 21 March 2018

This third and final bus tour for Bushcare and Landcare volunteers from Wingecaribee, Goulburn-Mulwaree and Upper Lachlan shires was highly enjoyable for all involved. Volunteers toured several Landcare properties in the Upper Lachlan Shire, including a Whole of Paddock Restoration site and an example of regenerative agriculture being used on a large sheep property. The lunch was a highlight with interesting talks on the newly formed NSW Biodiversity Conservation Trust, the Southern Pygmy Perch Project and a fox baiting project. 

South-East Champions Bus Tour of Goulburn - 29 Nov 2017

A bus tour from Moss Vale joined Upper Lachlan and Goulburn-Mulwaree volunteers at the Gouburn Water Works for a warm welcome and morning tea, before touring the West Goulburn Bush Reserve and Goulburn Wetlands. Champions were recognised for their outstanding achievements and efforts over many years at a lunch at the Astor Hotel. Read more about these champions by downloading the booklet below or click on the external link to see the short videos for each champion:

PDFSE Champions Tour Booklet (PDF, 1.0 Mb)

linkLandcare Champions of the South-East Videos (external link)

Bus Tour of Berrima and Moss Vale - 6 Sep 2017

A successful bus tour the Community Nursery and talks on the Southern Highlands Koala ConservationProject and the Conservation Partnerships Program was well-received by volunteers from Goulburn/Mulwaree and Upper Lachlan Shires. A Goulburn Post media article can be accessed below at the link:

Berrima and Moss Vale Bushcare Sites Tour Bushcare Berrima & Moss Vale sites tour

PDF icon Berrima - Moss Vale Bushcare Tour (PDF 470 Kb)

Bus Tour of Bundanoon and Penrose - 24 March 2017

A bus tour of six sites was enjoyed by volunteers. A report can be downloaded here: 

 Tour of Bundanoon-Penrose Bushcare sites  (PDF 460 Kb)

Bushcare Groups and Meeting Times

Bushcare Groups

Berrima Bushcare   

PDF Stonequarry Walk brochure (PDF 1.0 Mb)

1st & 3rd Monday of the month

Burrawang Bushcare    

4th Wednesday of the month

Centennial Park Bushcare

PDFCentennial Park Final Report HN 9140, (PDF 1.9 Mb)

1st Wednesday of the month

Community Nursery  Moss Vale   

  Community Nursery Update April 2017  (PDF 2.5 Mb)

1st Saturday of the month

Chinaman's Creek Bushcare  Mittagong

3rd Wednesday of the month

Currabunda Bushcare   Bundanoon

PDFCurrabunda Wetland Bushcare (PDF 2.2 Mb)

PDFCurrabunda Bushcare Plan (PDF 740 Kb)

1st & 3rd Friday of the month

Glow Worm Glen Bushcare   Bundanoon

pdf symbolGlow Worm Glen track brochure (PDF 500 Kb)

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Unmade Governors Road brochure (560 Kb)

2nd Sunday of the month at Glow Worm Glen track

4th Tuesday of the month at Unmade Governors Road

Hammock Hill Bushcare   East Bowral

2nd Friday of the month 

Hill Top Bushcare    Hill Top

Last Sunday of the month

Leaver Park Bushcare   Bundanoon

pdf iconLeaver Park Bushcare Information Sheet

2nd Thursday of the month

Mansfield Reserve Bushcare   East Bowral

pdf symbol About Mansfield Reserve  (PDF 270 Kb)

4th Wednesday of the month

Mt Gibraltar Landcare Bushcare   Bowral/Mittagong

PDF Mt Gibraltar Heritage Quarries Booklet (PDF 770 Kb)

  linkAbout Mt Gibraltar Reserve

link About the Heritage Quarries Restoration Project

Every Thursday 

Mittagong Creek Rivercare   Bowral

Mittagong Creek Rivercare overview (PDF 380 Kb)
2nd Thursday of the month

Moss Vale Landcare Group

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Moss Vale Landcare brochure (PDF 830 Kb)

   2015 NSW Landcare Award Nomination  (PDF 1.4 Mb)

pdfReport on National Tree Day planting on Whites Ck - 11 Oct 2014 (bottom of page)

4th Friday & 2nd Saturday of the month 

Penrose Swamps Conservation Group

(PSCG operates under the auspices of NSW Forestry Corp)

PDF Penrose Swamps Conservation Group brochure (PDF 580 Kb)

  In the spotlight - John Shepherd, OEH 17 March 2016

4th Thursday of the month 

Reedy Creek Rivercare Bundanoon

1st Wednesday of the month
Rotary Park APS Bushcare   Mittagong

  March 2016 Planting Day

PDFRotary Park planting day Nov 2014 (PDF 900 Kb)

PDFRotary Park Bushcare Plan (PDF 830 Kb)
planting events on an ad hoc basis - contact us for details

Yerrinbool Bushcare    Yerrinbool
2nd Wednesday of the month 
Robertson Environmental Protection Society REPS

1st Wednesday & last Saturday of the month
Last Updated: May 23rd, 2018
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