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

Wingecarribee Shire Council’s Bushcare Program is funded through the environment levy. The professional Bushcare Team of five full-time staff support over 170 active volunteers and 15 groups across the shire, in addition to managing contractors and undertaking special projects.

With over 4000 hectares in over 40 bushland reserves, and threats from climate change and extreme weather, weed invasion, and feral animals, there is always plenty to do!

Bushcare and Rivercare is a great way for you 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 and most groups meet once a month for a few hours. The social benefits of volunteering are well documented, and there are also opportunities to attend training workshops.

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! Wingecarribee Shire is a biodiversity hotspot, due to the many ecological niches created by geology, soil variability, climate variation and altitude changes. This natural variation in landscapes and climate creates a great diversity in plant community types and in turn, fauna species that live within them. There are many threatened species that live in the Southern Highlands, including Koalas, Glossy-black Cockatoos, Paddys River Box and other iconic species such as Mittagong Geebung, Waratah and Platypus.

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 at Council on (02) 4868 0888.

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