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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. 

Council has the 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, which complements the work of the professional Bushcare Team. The maintenance of high-value bushland and regeneration of degraded areas within the Shire are high priorities.

*Please note, that due to the current COVID-19 situation, all Bushcare activities have been suspended until further notice. It is hoped and planning is underway to have Bushcare working bees resume in September 2020. 

Annual Contributions of Volunteers

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

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

Bushcare volunteers at Rotary Park Welby enjoying morning tea

Find Your Nearest Bushcare or Rivercare Group

The days listed are for each month from 9am-12pm unless otherwise specified. Find links at the bottom of this page for more information


Berrima Bushcare Group1st & 3rd Mon 9.30am


Hammock Hill Bushcare Group - 2nd Fri 

Mansfield Reserve Bushcare Group - 4th Wed 

Mittagong Creek Rivercare Group - 2nd Thu 

Mount Gibraltar Bushcare and Landcare Group - Every Thu 


Reedy Creek Bushcare Group - 1st Wed 

Glow Worm Glen Track -  2nd Sun 9.30am-12pm

Unmade Governors Road - 4th Tue 

Leaver Park Bushcare Group - 2nd Thu 


Wingecarribee Rivercare Group - Burradoo - 3rd Fri 9.30am

Wingecarribee Rivercare GroupWingecarribee Rivercare Group 


Burrawang Bushcare Group - 4th Wed 


Hilltop Bushcare Group - Last Sun 


Mount Alexandra Reserve Bushcare Group - 4th Thu 

Mount Gibraltar Landcare Bushcare Group - Every Thu

Moss Vale

Moss Vale Bushcare Group - 2nd Sat 

Moss Vale Depot Community Nursery - 1st Sat 


REPS Caalang Creek Bushcare Group - last Sat 9.30am


Mount Alexandra Reserve Bushcare Group - 4th Thu 

Rotary Park Bushcare Group - meets on an as needs basis


Yerrinbool Bushcare Group - First Fri 

Other Local Groups


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

Robertson Environment Protection Society (REPS)

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

linkRobertson Environment Protection Society 

Would you like to start a new group?

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.

Get Involved!

PDFBushcare Brochure (PDF, 0.75 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 0888 (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

Bushcare ResourcesBerrima Bushcare Groups
Bowral bushcare groupsBundanoon Bushacre Groups
Mittagong Bushacre GroupsMoss Vale Bushcare Group
Legacy Bushcare Groups 

Past South East Landcare Sub-Region Events

All of the events have been organised by the South East Sub-Regional Landcare Alliance.

Cultural Connections at Camp Wombaroo - 29 May 2019

  • Aboriginal cultural event 
  • David King, a Gundungurra man from the Blue Mountains 
  • 60 people attended
  • Dreamtime story about Gurungatch and Mirrigan 
  • Swampcare and Bushcare 
  • The edible Australian garden 

Landcare/Bushcare Bus Tour of Upper Lachlan - 21 March 2018

  • Volunteers toured several Landcare properties 
  • Whole of Paddock Restoration 
  • Example of regenerative agriculture on a large sheep property. 
  • Lunch with talks from Biodiversity Conservation Trust, the Southern Pygmy Perch Project and a fox baiting project. 

South-East Champions Bus Tour of Goulburn - 29 Nov 2017

  • Welcome to Country and morning tea at Gouburn Water Works
  • Tour of the West Goulburn Bush Reserve and Goulburn Wetlands. Champions were recognised for outstanding achievements and efforts over many years at a lunch at the Astor Hotel. 

PDFSE Champions Tour Booklet (1MB)

linkLandcare Champions of the South-East Videos 

Bus Tour of Berrima and Moss Vale - 6 Sep 2017

  • Community Nursery 
  • Southern Highlands Koala Conservation Project
  • Conservation Partnerships Program

linkBushcare Berrima & Moss Vale sites tour

Bus Tour of Bundanoon and Penrose - 24 March 2017

PDFTour of Bushcare Sites Report (2MB)

WSC Colour Bar

Last Updated: July 2nd, 2020
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