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What is Rivercare?

Rivercare is a collaboration between the community and government and non-government agencies to improve habitat, biodiversity and function of waterways on both private and public land. Generally, Rivercare sites are highly modified and have different objectives to Bushcare sites, which occur within Council bush land reserves. 

We live in a local government area where our waterways provide significant amenity for residents and visitors in addition to supporting our wonderful wildlife.

Council's Rivercare Program is in an establishment phase and will initially focus on the Wingecarribee River at Burradoo and Moss Vale with plans to expand across the Shire. 

Inaugural Working Bee Wingecarribee Rivercare Group - Burradoo

The launch of the Rivercare Program will take place at Burradoo end of the Bong Bong Bike Track on Friday 21 September 2018. Working bees will continue monthly on every third Friday. 

Establishing Rivercare Groups is a relatively simple process. If you are interested in becoming a Rivercare volunteer with the Wingecarribee Rivercare Group, complete the application form below and return it to:

Environment Officer - Bushcare and Citizen Science 

Email: mail@wsc.nsw.gov.au 

If you would prefer to become a Bushcare Volunteer download the form or visit the website below:

Rivercare Volunteer Application FormVolunteer Application Form - Bushcare and Rivercare (PDF, 752 Kb)

Bushcare WebsiteBushcare Website (internal link)

Bushcare ResourcesBushcare Resources Web Page (internal link)

About the Wingecarribee River

The Wingecarribee River flows through the heart of the Highlands, starting its journey in the east near Robertson and finishing where it joins the Wollondilly River on the western boundary of the Shire in Bullio.

Along its 80 km journey, the Wingecarribee River passes through extensive rural landscapes in the east, and more rugged landscapes to the west with steep-sided gorges. The river itself is a Crown Waterway, meaning it is owned and managed by the NSW Department of Primary Industries (see link below).

Whilst the majority of land along the banks of the River are privately owned, some important sections are in public ownership. These include:

  • Wingecarribee Reservoir, a major water supply for the Highlands and Goulburn managed by WaterNSW.

  • Cecil Hoskins Nature Reserve, on the boundary of Moss Vale and Burradoo. The nature reserve is owned and managed by the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service.

  • Bong Bong Common and Cycleway, a beautiful and very popular walking track and cycleway between Cecil Hoskins Nature Reserve and the rail line at Burradoo. The common and walking/bicycle track are managed by Wingecarribee Shire Council.

NSW DPINSW DPI (external link)
WaterNSWWaterNSW (external link)
NSW NPWSNSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (external link)
Past Council Rivercare ProjectsWingecarribee River Council Projects (internal link)

The Wall to Wollondilly Project


Introduction to W2W

Wall to Wollondilly is a project led by Greening Australia to restore and rehabilitate the Wingecarribee River between the dam wall at Glenquarry and the confluence with the Wollondilly River.


The Wall to Wollondilly (W2W) project is working with the local community to protect and restore critical habitat for species such as the Platypus and Yellow-bellied Glider, and to improve the health of the Wingecarribee River.

The project is part of the landscape-scale Great Eastern Ranges which brings together people and organisations to protect, link and restore healthy habitats across 3,600 kilometres of eastern Australia from Victoria to northern Queensland.

How can you get involved?

There are many ways you can get involved in this exciting project. 

a) Private Landholders

If you own land adjoining or near to the Wingecarribee River and would like to get involved or learn more about this project, contact:

Nathan Green, Greening Australia:

Email: ngreen@greeningaustralia.org.au

b) General Public 

If you would like to join the Wingecarribee Rivercare Group, complete the application form above or contact:

Environment Officer - Bushcare and Citizen Science

Email: mail@wsc.nsw.gov.au or tel. (02) 4868 0772.

Regular electronic newsletters Wingecarribee Web (quarterly) and Wildlife Wingecarribee (biannually) will keep you up-to-date on what is happening, so subscribe via the link below.

W2WWall to Wollondilly (W2W) (external link)

Wingecarribee e-NewsWingecarribee e-News (internal link)

Rivers of Carbon

Rivers of Carbon is a project that is about combining the best available science and knowledge of waterways and riparian land function with landholder experience and practical management solutions.

Rivers of Carbon is managed by the not-for-profit Australian River Restoration Centre in partnership with Greening Australia and local Rivercare/Landcare Groups.

The work in the Sydney Drinking Water Catchment is being funded by WaterNSW.

Visit the web site to find out more or to get involved.

ROCRivers of Carbon (external link)

ARRCAustralian River Restoration Centre (external link)

Last Updated: August 7th, 2018
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