The Wingecarribee Shire is fortunate to have a diverse number of ecological communities and is considered a biodiversity hot-spot with many iconic species including Koalas, Platypus, Glossy-black Cockatoos and Mittagong Geebung. 

Council has the care and control of more than 30 remnant bush land reserves in excess of 3000 hectares, as well as caring for a number of significant watercourses and wetlands. To help manage these areas and to monitor changes and key threatening processes, Council has an active Bushcare and Citizen Science Program.

Bushcare and Rivercare volunteers play an important role in Council’s management of  bushland and waterways, which complements the work of the professional Bushcare Team.

Bushcare Groups

Name of Group

Existing and Potential Sites

Day of the month

Berrima Bushcare Group

Apple Street Reserve, River Bend Reserve, Berrima Weir Reserve

First Monday

Bowral Bushcare Group Gibbergunyuh Reserve, Hammock Hill, Little Mansfield, Oxley Hill Rotary Park Second Thursday 

Bundanoon Bushcare Group

Garland Road Reserve, Leaver Park

Fourth Tuesday

Indigo Creek Bushcare Group

Public Reserve, Rockleigh Road Exeter

Third Wednesday

Mansfield Reserve Bushcare Group

Mansfield Reserve, Hammock Hill Reserve (as needed)

Fourth Wednesday

Moss Vale Bushcare Group

Cosgrove Park Moss Vale

Second Saturday

Moss Vale Depot Community Nursery

Community Nursery (registration required prior to attending)

First Saturday and Second Wednesday

Mt Alexandra Reserve Bushcare Group

Gibbergunyah Creek, Iron Mines Creek, Sunset Point Drive, and other sites as required

Fourth Thursday

Mt Gibraltar Landcare Bushcare Group

Mt Gibraltar Heritage Reserve

First Thursday

Northern Villages Bushcare Group

Balmoral Reserve, Boronia Park Reserve, Yerrinbool Park (east of Hume motorway),Unnamed Reserves (2) Hill Top (TBC)

Last Sunday

Wingecarribee Bushcare Group Various and TBC Second Friday

Wingecarribee Rivercare Group - Burradoo

Bong Bong Common Wingecarribee River

Third Friday


Apply Now

Bushcare and Rivercare working bees occur on a fortnightly or monthly basis and you must be registered as a volunteer with Council if you would like to participate. If you are interested in volunteering please complete the online application form and Council will be in touch with you. For more information contact the Environment Officer – Bushcare and Citizen Science on 02 4868 0888.


Annual Contributions of Volunteers

  • 170 active volunteers
  • 15 active groups
  • Approx 3700 Volunteer hours worked annually
  • Value of volunteer contribution $100 000 to $140 000 
  • 2000-5000 native plants propagated and planted annually. 

The Bushcare Program complements private land conservation, which together contributes to biodiversity outcomes for the shire.

Other Local Groups

Rotary Park Bushcare Group

Aims: To turn a linear bushland reserve into a wildlife refuge/stepping stone. This has many edge effects and impacts from urbanisation but has good remnant Eucalyptus and native shrubs and grasses returning.

Location: Car park, Rotary Park, Old Bowral Road, Mittagong.

Meeting Frequency: On an as needs basis. Contact Council’s Bushcare Team if you are interested in working here.

Penrose Swamp Landcare Group (Forestry Corporation)

Meeting Frequency: Fourth Thursday of every month 8.30am

Robertson Environment Protection Society (REPS) - Robertson Nature Reserve (NPWS)

Meeting Frequency: First Wednesday of every month 9.30am

Southern Highlands Landcare Network 

Get Involved!

If there is a locality or reserve you would like to see rehabilitated or restored, and there is no existing group, get in touch and we will see if a new group is feasible for that site. Complete the Request to Establish a Bushcare Group form below.


There are many benefits in becoming a Bushcare or Rivercare volunteer, including access to a social network, fresh air and exercise!

Council's Bushcare Program is designed to integrate the community with the management of bush land and our waterways. 

Bushcare Resources

All new volunteers need to be registered and given an induction before commencing any work on site. The safety of our volunteers and staff is very important to Council, so please speak up and bring any hazards to the attention of the Bushcare staff and/or Group Convenor if you are concerned about anything at all.

This section includes both Council and external resources for all Bushcare and Rivercare volunteers including convenors of groups.

The Bushcare Volunteer Management Manual is your reference document.