Wingecarribee Shire Council's Bushcare and Rivercare Program supports volunteers interested in restoring and rehabilitating bushland reserves and waterways.

Wingecarribee Shire Council’s Bushcare and Rivercare Program is funded through the environment levy. The professional Bushcare Team of five full-time staff support over 170 active volunteers and 16 groups across the shire, in addition to managing contractors and undertaking special projects.

With 3000 hectares of bushland and waterways to protect, restore and rehabilitate there is always plenty to do! Wingecarribee Shire is a biodiversity hotspot with a great diversity in plant community types and animal species that live within them. There are many threatened species that live in the Southern Highlands, including Koalas, Glossy-black Cockatoos, Regent Honeyeaters, Paddys River Box and other iconic species such as Mittagong Geebung, Waratah and Platypus.

Bushcare and Rivercare is an active way to volunteer your time to restore and rehabilitate our precious bushland and waterways. As a new volunteer you will be well-supported through a comprehensive induction program and on-the-ground training with professional bush regenerators and experienced volunteers.

Bushcare and Rivercare involves activities such as weeding, planting, mulching and plant identification. Most groups meet once a month for a few hours. The social benefits of volunteering are well documented.

There are additional opportunities to participate in citizen science activities such as bird watching, plant surveys and fauna spotting evenings and you don’t need any experience! 

If you love the outdoors and nature and would like to get involved, visit Council's Bushcare and Rivercare web site or contact the Environment Officer - Bushcare at Council on (02) 4868 0888.

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