Council assists landholders to retain remnant native vegetation and Threatened Ecological Communities (TECs) 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 conservation strategic plan.
The private land conservation program is for all landholders within Wingecarribee Shire and particularly for those landholders interested in biodiversity or wildlife conservation.
High value environmental land is particularly important for conservation as are remnants on priority biodiversity corridors, for example the Great Western Wildlife Corridor or the Illawarra Escarpment.
Habitat for Wildlife is a great program for smaller properties such as urban residents interested in wildlife conservation, and Land for Wildlife is for larger properties with 0.5 hectare (around one acre) or more of native vegetation remnants, such as bushland, grassland, wetlands or rainforest. Both programs are free to join.
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)
The NSW BCT aims to assist landholders to conserve biodiversity on private land. Conservation grants are available for Land for Wildlife registered properties and properties with a Conservation Agreement through the Conservation Partners Program.
To keep up-to-date visit the BCT website for more information or contact Adam Hook, Landholder Support Officer on 0427 203 919.
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)
Private 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 are eligible for funding for projects to control willows, fence the river from stock and to plant native plants. Contact Ian Rayner from Greening Australia on email@example.com.
4. Rivers of Carbon
The Australian River Restoration Centre is delivering Rivers of Carbon, which has funding for projects on properties within the Sydney drinking water catchment.
5. 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.
Wingecarribee Shire is partnering with several government and non-government organisations to deliver wildlife conservation programs. For an overview download the brochure: