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Wingecarribee River

Wingecarribee River, Burradoo

The Wingecarribee River flows through the heart of the Highlands, starting its journey in the east near Robertson and finishing when it joins the Wollondilly River on the western boundary of the Shire near Wombeyan Caves.

Along its 80 km journey, the River passes through extensive rural landscapes in the east, and more natural rugged landscapes to the west. The River itself is a "Crown Waterway", meaning it is owned and managed by the LinkNSW Department of Primary Industries (External link). 

Whilst the majority of land along the banks of the River are privately owned, some important sections are in public ownership. These include:

  • Wingecarribee Reservoir, a major water supply for the Highlands and Goulburn managed by LinkWaterNSW (External link).

  • Bong Bong Common and Cycleway, a beautiful and very popular walking track and cycleway between Cecil Hoskins Nature Reserve and the rail line at Burradoo. The common and Linkcycleway (External link) are managed by Wingecarribee Shire Council.

What is Council doing along River?

Council owns and manages only about 10 km of the total of 160 kilometres of land along the banks of the river. In these areas, there are a number of fantastic projects underway - all made possible by LinkYour Environment Levy (Internal link).

Your Environment Levy

PDF Download Wingecarribee River Brochure (PDF 725kb)

Green Army

Two sections of Wingecarribee River will benefit from a local Green Army project targeting environmental weeds along the banks of the Wingecarribee River. The Green Army is an Australian Government initiative that taps into local knowledge to meet local environmental challenges.

Our first Green Army team commenced in September 2015 and concluded in March 2016. The second Green Army team commenced on 26 September 2016 and concluded on 2 March 2017. The focus of these Green Army projects is on rehabilitating the 1.3 kilometres of the Wingecarribee River downstream of Moss Vale Road along the Bong Bong Common (site 1) and an 840 metre reach of the river between Phillip St and Sullivan Rd.

PDF iconGreen Army graduation (PDF 600 Kb)

PDFGreen Army Project photo gallery March 2017 (PDF 5.3 Mb)

  PDFGreen Army project update December 2016 (PDF 3 Mb)

PDFDownload Map  (PDF 529 kb)

Key objectives of the project were controlling invasive woody weeds, such as Willows, Privet and Hawthorn, and viny weeds such as Japanese Honeysuckle; planting native trees, such as the endangered Eucalyptus macarthurii, native sedges, rushes and clumping grasses (Poa) to help protect and the riverbanks from erosion, and native shrubs to enhance the habitat for small native birds.

The Green Army team also donned waders so they could cut and poison the Willows overhanging the water's edge. Once they were killed the Willow stems were dragged away from the river to be mulched. This helps to eliminate the risk of log jams that can form after flood events and it provided mulch for use around the revegetation plantings. 
Aside from planting 8,000 native plants the Green Army team propagated another 2,000 plants in the Community Nursery that will be used by the Bushcare volunteers.

For more information:

Natural Resource Officer

Wingecarribee Shire Council

T: (02) 4868-0772

E: mail@wsc.nsw.gov.au

Green Army Logo

Link Green Army (External Link)

Link Willow Warriors (External Link)

Burradoo Blackberry and Willow Control
Willows and Blackberry
This project, a collaboration between Council, South East Local Land Services and NSW Department of Primary Industry (Crown Lands), commenced in late 2015 and involves the control of large infestations of Blackberry and Willows on the banks and  "islands" in the river at Burradoo. The first treatment was completed in 2015. Follow up treatment is planned for December 2016, when the blackberry and willows are actively growing and treatment is most effective.


South East Local Land Services Logo

Link South East Local Land Services (External Link)

For more information:
Ian Perkins - Natural Resource Projects Co-ordinator 
Wingecarribee Shire Council
T: (02) 4868-0750
E: ian.perkins@wsc.nsw.gov.au

Last Updated: February 20th, 2018
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