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What is Rivercare?

Rivercare is about improving habitat, biodiversity and function of waterways. Generally, Rivercare sites are highly modified through historic clearing and agricultural and urban development, so they 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 such as Platypus and Rakali.

Council's Rivercare Program is initially focused on the Wingecarribee River at Burradoo with plans to expand across the Shire. 

Wingecarribee Rivercare Group - Burradoo

The Rivercare Program has commenced at the Bong Bong Common and working bees will continue every third Friday of the month from 9am at the unmade end of Werrington Street, Burradoo. New volunteers are always welcome.

pdfVolunteer Application Form (PDF, 752KB)

Do you want to start a new Rivercare Group?

Establishing a Rivercare Group is a relatively simple process. If you are interested in working on Council-owned or managed land on the Wingecarribee River or on another waterway, complete the Request to establish a new group form and email it or drop it into Council. 

PDFRequest to establish a new group (PDF, 500KB)

For more information contact the Environment Officer - Bushcare and Citizen Science 4868 0888 or Email: mail@wsc.nsw.gov.au

Rivercare photo

Photo Credit: Jason Rothery

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.

LinkNSW National Parks and Wildlife Service
LinkWingecarribee River Council Projects

The Wall to Wollondilly Project

Wall to Wollondilly Logo


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 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 Ian Rayner from Greening Australia:

Email: irayner@greeningaustralia.org.au

b) General Public 

If you would like to join the Wingecarribee Rivercare Group, complete the application form 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 the Southern Highlands Nature News will keep you up-to-date on what is happening. 

LinkWall to Wollondilly (W2W)

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.

LinkRivers of Carbon

LinkAustralian River Restoration Centre

Mittagong Creek Rehabilitation ProjectWingecarribee River Council Projects

Last Updated: October 23rd, 2019
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