The Wingecarribee Shire is fortunate in having diverse plant community types, plants and animals and is considered a biodiversity hot-spot. Council has care and control of more than 40 remnant bush land reserves in excess of 4000 hectares, as well as caring for a number of significant watercourses and wetlands.
Volunteer Bush Regenerators play an essential role in Council’s management of this bush land. This role is primarily concerned with maintenance of high-value bush land and regeneration of degraded bush land areas within the Shire.
During 2016-2017 Wingecarribee Bushcare volunteers from 17 active groups completed 179 sessions contributing a total of 3,237 hours of bush regeneration work worth $113,295. A total of 6,712 local provenance native plants from the Community Nursery were planted on public land.
The Volunteer Bush Regeneration program is integrated with the work of Council staff, contractors and other community groups and is complementary to private land conservation, which all contribute to biodiversity outcomes for this shire.
The days listed are for each month unless otherwise specified. Find links at the bottom of this page for more information
Berrima Bushcare Group - 1st & 3rd Mon 9.30am
Hammock Hill Bushcare Group - 2nd Fri 9am
Mansfield Reserve Bushcare Group - 4th Wed 9am
Mittagong Creek Rivercare Group - 2nd Thu 9am
Mount Gibraltar Bushcare and Landcare Group - 1st, 2nd & 3rd Thu 9am
Glow Worm Glen Track - 2nd Sun 9.30am
Unmade Governors Road - 4th Tue 9am
Leaver Park Bushcare Group - 2nd Thu 9am
Reedy Creek Rivercare Group - 1st Wed 9am
Wingecarribee Rivercare Group - Burradoo - 3rd Fri 9.30am
Wingecarribee Rivercare Group (internal link)
Burrawang Bushcare Group - 4th Wed 9am
Hilltop Bushcare Group - Last Sun 9am
Mount Alexandra Reserve Bushcare Group - 4th Thu 9am
Mount Gibraltar Landcare Bushcare Group - 1st, 2nd & 3rd Thu
Moss Vale Landcare Group - 4th Fri 8.30am & 2nd Sat 9am
Moss Vale Depot Community Nursery - 1st Sat 9am
Mount Alexandra Reserve Bushcare Group - 4th Thu 9am
Rotary Park Bushcare Group - meets on an as needs basis
Yerrinbool Bushcare Group - 2nd Wed 9am
Penrose Swamp Landcare Group (Forestry Corporation) - 4th Thu 8.30am
Robertson Nature Reserve (NPWS) - 1st Wed 9.30am
Caalang Creek, Hampden Park - Last Sat 9.30am
Robertson Environment Protection Society (external link)
There are many benefits in becoming a Bushcare or Rivercare volunteer, including access to a social network and fresh air and exercise!
Council's Bushcare Program is designed to integrate the community with the management of bush land and our waterways. Members of the community are welcome to play an active role in restoration and rehabilitation.
Environment Officer - Bushcare and Citizen Science
Telephone: (02) 4868-0772 (Monday to Friday)
All new Bushcare volunteers need to be registered and given a safety 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.
The Bushcare Volunteer Management Manual is your reference document, see a link to this and other resources below.
Bushcare Resources Web Page (internal link)
Landcare/Bushcare Bus Tour of Upper Lachlan - 21 March 2018
This third and final bus tour for Bushcare and Landcare volunteers from Wingecaribee, Goulburn-Mulwaree and Upper Lachlan shires was highly enjoyable for all involved. Volunteers toured several Landcare properties in the Upper Lachlan Shire, including a Whole of Paddock Restoration site and an example of regenerative agriculture being used on a large sheep property. The lunch was a highlight with interesting talks on the newly formed NSW Biodiversity Conservation Trust, the Southern Pygmy Perch Project and a fox baiting project.
South-East Champions Bus Tour of Goulburn - 29 Nov 2017
A bus tour from Moss Vale joined Upper Lachlan and Goulburn-Mulwaree volunteers at the Gouburn Water Works for a warm welcome and morning tea, before touring the West Goulburn Bush Reserve and Goulburn Wetlands. Champions were recognised for their outstanding achievements and efforts over many years at a lunch at the Astor Hotel. Read more about these champions by downloading the booklet below or click on the external link to see the short videos for each champion:
SE Champions Tour Booklet (PDF, 1.0 Mb)
Landcare Champions of the South-East Videos (external link)
Bus Tour of Berrima and Moss Vale - 6 Sep 2017
A successful bus tour the Community Nursery and talks on the Southern Highlands Koala ConservationProject and the Conservation Partnerships Program was well-received by volunteers from Goulburn/Mulwaree and Upper Lachlan Shires. A Goulburn Post media article can be accessed below at the link:
Berrima - Moss Vale Bushcare Tour (PDF 470 Kb)
Bus Tour of Bundanoon and Penrose - 24 March 2017
A bus tour of six sites was enjoyed by volunteers. A report can be downloaded here:
Tour of Bundanoon-Penrose Bushcare sites (PDF 460 Kb)
|Bushcare Sites Resources ||Meeting times|
Glow Worm Glen Bushcare Bundanoon
Glow Worm Glen track brochure (PDF 500 Kb)
Unmade Governors Road brochure (560 Kb)
2nd Sunday of the month at Glow Worm Glen track
4th Tuesday of the month at Unmade Governors Road
Mt Gibraltar Landcare Bushcare Bowral/Mittagong
Mt Gibraltar Heritage Quarries Booklet (PDF 770 Kb)
About the Heritage Quarries Restoration Project
1st, 2nd & 3rd Thursday of the month
|Rotary Park APS Bushcare Mittagong|
March 2016 Planting Day
Rotary Park planting day Nov 2014 (PDF 900 Kb)
Rotary Park Bushcare Plan (PDF 830 Kb)
|planting events on an ad hoc basis - contact us for details|