Tuesday 24th September 9:00am - Monday 7th October 4:00pm
Wednesday 25th September 3:30pm - 8:00pm
Council Meeting 25 September
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 170 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 $130 000 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.
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 - Every Thu 9am
Bundanoon Bushcare Group - 1st Wed 9am
Unmade Governors Road - 4th Tue 9am
Leaver Park Bushcare Group - 2nd Thu 9am
Wingecarribee Rivercare Group - Burradoo - 3rd Fri 9.30am
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 Bushcare Group - 2nd Sat 9am
Moss Vale Depot Community Nursery - 1st Sat 9am
Caalang Creek Bushcare Group - last Sat 9.30am
Mount Alexandra Reserve Bushcare Group - 4th Thu 9am
Rotary Park Bushcare Group - meets on an as needs basis
Yerrinbool Bushcare Group - First Fri 9am
Penrose Swamp Landcare Group (Forestry Corporation) - 4th Thu 8.30am
Robertson Nature Reserve (NPWS) - 1st Wed 9.30am
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.
Environment Officer - Bushcare and Citizen Science
Telephone: 02 4868 0772 (Monday to Friday)
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.
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:
SE Champions Tour Booklet (PDF, 1.0 Mb)
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)