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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 and Glossy-black Cockatoos found here. 


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. To help manage these areas and to monitor changes and key threatening processes, Council has an active Bushcare and Citizen Science Program.



Bushcare volunteers play an important role in Council’s management of  bushland. The maintenance of high-value bushland and regeneration of degraded areas within the Shire are high priorities.


Each year, around 160 Bushcare, Rivercare, and Landcare volunteers from 15 active groups contribute several thousands of hours of volunteer bush regeneration and native plant propagation work. This equates to around $120 000 and approximately 2000-5000 native plants are propagated and planted out each year. This contribution helps Council leverage additional funding from various grants sources such as the NSW Environmental Trust, to enable contractors to complete the difficult or complicated work, such as rope work on cliff faces, or willow poisoning and removal.


The Bushcare Program complements private land conservation, which all contribute to biodiversity outcomes for this shire.


Bushcare


Find Your Nearest Bushcare or Rivercare Group!


The days listed are for each month unless otherwise specified. Find links at the bottom of this page for more information


Berrima

Berrima Bushcare Group1st & 3rd Mon 9.30am


Bowral

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 - Every Thu 9am


Bundanoon

Bundanoon Bushcare Group - 1st Wed 9am

Glow Worm Glen Track -  2nd Sun 9.30am

Unmade Governors Road - 4th Tue 9am

Leaver Park Bushcare Group - 2nd Thu 9am


Burradoo

Wingecarribee Rivercare Group - Burradoo - 3rd Fri 9.30am

Wingecarribee Rivercare GroupWingecarribee Rivercare Group 


Burrawang

Burrawang Bushcare Group - 4th Wed 9am


Hilltop

Hilltop Bushcare Group - Last Sun 9am


Mittagong

Mount Alexandra Reserve Bushcare Group - 4th Thu 9am

Mount Gibraltar Landcare Bushcare Group - 1st, 2nd & 3rd Thu


Moss Vale

Moss Vale Bushcare Group - 2nd Sat 9am

Moss Vale Depot Community Nursery - 1st Sat 9am


Robertson

Caalang Creek Bushcare Group - last Sat 9.30am


Welby

Mount Alexandra Reserve Bushcare Group - 4th Thu 9am

Rotary Park Bushcare Group - meets on an as needs basis


Yerrinbool 

Yerrinbool Bushcare Group - First Fri 9am



Other Local Groups


Penrose

Penrose Swamp Landcare Group (Forestry Corporation) - 4th Thu 8.30am


Robertson

Robertson Nature Reserve (NPWS) - 1st Wed 9.30am


linkRobertson Environment Protection Society 



Get Involved!


PDFWingecarribee Bushcare Brochure (PDF, 0.75 MB)
PDFVolunteer Application Form - Bushcare and Rivercare (PDF, 0.75 MB) 
PDFRequest to Establish a Bushcare Group Form (PDF, 0.15 MB)

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. 


For more information on how or where to volunteer with your local Bushcare or Rivercare group, contact:


Environment Officer - Bushcare and Citizen Science

Telephone: (02) 4868-0772 (Monday to Friday)


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.


The Bushcare Volunteer Management Manual is your reference document, see a link to this and other resources below. 


Bushcare Resources Web PageBushcare Resources Web Page



Past South East Landcare Sub-Region Events


Cultural Connections - 29 May 2019

An Aboriginal cultural event was enjoyed by nearly 60 people at Camp Wombaroo, High Range. David King, a Gundungurra man from the Blue Mountains spoke to the group about the Gurungatch and Mirrigan Dreamtime story, his journey in Swampcare and Bushcare and the edible Australian garden. This event was brought to you by the South East Sub-regional Landcare Alliance.


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:


PDFSE Champions Tour Booklet (PDF, 1.0 Mb)

linkLandcare Champions of the South-East Videos 



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:


linkBushcare Berrima & Moss Vale sites tour


PDFBerrima - 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)


Last Updated: August 15th, 2019
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