Rivercare is about improving habitat, biodiversity and function of waterways. Generally, Rivercare sites are highly modified through historic clearing and agricultural and urban development, so they have different objectives to Bushcare sites, which occur within Council bush land reserves.
We live in a local government area where our waterways provide significant amenity for residents and visitors in addition to supporting our wonderful wildlife such as Platypus and Rakali.
Council's Rivercare Program is initially focused on the Wingecarribee River at Burradoo with plans to expand across the Shire.
Bushcare and Rivercare working bees are re-commencing in October 2020. All registered bushcare volunteers have been sent the Bushcare Working Bee COVID-19 Safety Plan and will have to adhere to this plan to ensure the safety of all volunteers and staff. If you need a copy of the plan, visit Council’s Bushcare or Rivercare website or contact the Environment Officer – Bushcare and Citizen Science on 4868 0888.
The Rivercare Program has commenced at the Bong Bong Common and working bees will continue every third Friday of the month from 9am at the unmade end of Werrington Street, Burradoo. New volunteers are always welcome.
Establishing a Rivercare Group is a relatively simple process. If you are interested in working on Council-owned or managed land on the Wingecarribee River or on another waterway, complete the Request to establish a new group form and email it or drop it into Council.
For more information contact the Environment Officer - Bushcare and Citizen Science 4868 0888 or Email: email@example.com
The Wingecarribee River flows through the heart of the Highlands, starting its journey in the east near Robertson and finishing where it joins the Wollondilly River on the western boundary of the Shire in Bullio.
Along its 80 km journey, the Wingecarribee River passes through extensive rural landscapes in the east, and more rugged landscapes to the west with steep-sided gorges. The river itself is a Crown Waterway, meaning it is owned and managed by the NSW Department of Primary Industries (see link below).
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 WaterNSW.
- Cecil Hoskins Nature Reserve, on the boundary of Moss Vale and Burradoo. The nature reserve is owned and managed by the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service.
- 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 walking/bicycle track are managed by Wingecarribee Shire Council.