Council's Environment and Sustainability Branch provides a range of essential environmental services to the Highlands Community.
Councils Environment and Sustainability Branch is a highly awarded team of professionals recognised by their peers for delivering excellence in environment and sustainability programs and projects.
The Southern Highlands is a biodiversity hotspot, with 1558 native plant species and 374 native animal species identified within the Shire.
Information relating to Bushcare and Rivercare working bees.
As a member of the Wingecarribee Bushfire Management Committee and a local authority under the Rural Fires Act, Wingecarribee Shire Council is working closely with the Rural Fire Service and Fire and Rescue NSW to develop a strategic approach to fire management across the Wingecarribee Shire.
Council’s environment and sustainability resource page to assist teachers, students and the community access information about project resources, environmental events and other educational material.
Council supports and promotes a number of events each year with the support of the Environment Levy. These events include Schools Environment Day, World Environment Day, National Tree Day and more.
Find all of our forms relating to our Environment Services.
The Environment Levy was introduced to help address the many challenges faced in managing natural resources in the Southern Highlands.
Our local environment is unique, with rich biodiversity, complex ecosystems, intricate waterways, a wide variety of landforms, soils and generous living conditions.
Under the NSW Flood Prone Land Policy the management of flood prone land is, primarily, the responsibility of councils.
There are many ways for people to get involved in helping conserve and protect our unique environment.
Our Shire is celebrated for beautiful trees that line our neighbourhood streets, fill our parks and feature in private gardens providing shade and changing colours throughout the year.
Council encourages the community to ensure that the distinct and natural environment of the shire is protected and enhanced.
Council has several environmental studies, strategies, reports and plans available to view including the Environment Strategy, State of the Environment Report, Wingecarribee Biodiversity Strategy, Mittagong Creek Riparian Management Plan, Private Land Biodiversity Strategic Plan, Wingecarribee Web and the Southern Highlands Nature News.
Sustainability and Social Justice are the guiding principles and values of Council’s Wingecarribee 2031+ Community Strategic Plan.
Wingecarribee Shire Council recognises the importance of working in partnership with the community to manage, reduce and avoid waste.