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Vegetation Conservation Program

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Council assists landholders to retain remnant threatened ecological communities (TECs) and other high value native vegetation on their property with the aim of conserving wildlife habitat and to create connected corridors within and beyond the shire. Investment is guided by the Private Land Biodiversity Conservation Strategic Plan (see link below). 

This Environment Levy funded program is for landholders with private property that is registered with Land for Wildlife and that has two hectares or more of high value conservation land or is situated on a priority biodiversity corridor, for example the Great Western Wildlife Corridor or the Illawarra Escarpment.

Landholders receive technical support and further assistance with biodiversity monitoring on their property including detailed flora surveys, and access to wildlife camera traps for native fauna and feral animal monitoring. 

External Funding Opportunities

There are different sources of financial assistance to help you to undertake restoration and rehabilitation work on your property.

These opportunities are dependent on the location of the property and/or the existence of threatened species and the type of work you propose to do.

1. NSW Biodiversity Conservation Trust (BCT) - Conservation Partners Program. The NSW BCT is a relatively new not-for-profit statutory organisation established to assist landholders to conserve biodiversity on private land. It is in an establishment phase, so to keep up-to-date visit the BCT website for more information or contact Adam Hook, Senior Landholder Support Officer on 0427 203 919.

Biodiversity Conservation TrustBiodiversity Conservation Trust (external link)

2. Thickening The Thin Green Line of the Illawarra Escarpment - Grants, training and assistance from the Bush Connect grant program of the NSW Environmental Trust are available to private landholders along the Illawarra Escarpment in the following target areas: Robertson, Mount Murray, Bells Hill, Macquarie Pass, Carrington Falls, and Knights Hill. Contact David Rush from the National Parks Association of NSW for more information or to get involved on 0418 977 402.

3. Wall to Wollondilly (W2W) - Properties that are adjacent to or within 1km of the Wingecarribee River between the dam wall at Glenquarry and the confluence with the Wollondilly River. Contact Nathan Green from Greening Australia on 0484 089 987. 

Wall to WollondillyWall to Wollondilly (W2W) (external link)

4. Saving our Species - Eucalyptus macarthurii (Paddys River Box) Conservation and Management. If you think you have Eucalyptus macarthurii on your property, and you are interested in conserving this endangered species, contact Lauren Hook from Office of Environment and Heritage on 4424 4146.

Paddys River BoxPaddys River Box Project (OEH) (external link)

5. Environmental Restoration and Rehabilitation Grants are available annually from the from the NSW Environmental Trust.

ER&R GrantsEnvironmental Restoration and Rehabilitation Grants (external link)

Wingecarribee Wildlife Conservation Programs

Wingecarribee Shire is partnering with several government and non-government organisations to deliver wildlife conservation programs. For an overview download the brochure:

Wingecarribee Wildlife Brochure Wingecarribee Wildlife Conservation Brochure (PDF, 904kB)

If you are interested in receiving further support, contact: 

Bushland Projects Officer

Telephone: (02) 4868-0772

Email: mail@wsc.nsw.gov.au 

Resources and Links

linkPrivate Land Biodiversity Conservation Strategic Plan (PDF 3MB)

Koala Conservation The Southern Highlands Koala Conservation Project (internal link)
PlatypusThe Southern Highlands Platypus Conservation Project (internal link)
GlossiesGlossies in the Mist (external link)
Last Updated: May 22nd, 2018
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