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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. The maintenance of high-value bushland and regeneration of degraded areas within the Shire are high priorities.



Annual Contributions of Volunteers


  • 150 Active volunteers
  • 18 Active Groups
  • Approx 3700 Volunteer hours worked annually
  • $100 000 to $130 000 worth of work = leveraging for grants
  • 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

Berrima Bushcare Group1st & 3rd Mon 9.30am


Bowral

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 


Bundanoon

Bundanoon Bushcare Group - 1st Wed 

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

Unmade Governors Road - 4th Tue 

Leaver Park Bushcare Group - 2nd Thu 


Burradoo

Wingecarribee Rivercare Group - Burradoo - 3rd Fri 9.30am

Wingecarribee Rivercare GroupWingecarribee Rivercare Group 


Burrawang

Burrawang Bushcare Group - 4th Wed 


Hilltop

Hilltop Bushcare Group - Last Sun 


Mittagong

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 


Robertson

REPS Caalang Creek Bushcare Group - last Sat 9.30am


Welby

Mount Alexandra Reserve Bushcare Group - 4th Thu 

Rotary Park Bushcare Group - meets on an as needs basis


Yerrinbool 

Yerrinbool Bushcare Group - First Fri 



Other Local Groups


Penrose

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 



Get Involved!


PDFBushcare 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 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)

Last Updated: October 22nd, 2019
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