The Oxley College Landcare Group began rivercare activities in 1989 and continued with a range of projects and improvements to the riparian area until 2011. In 2019 Wingecarribee Shire Council established the Burradoo Rivercare Group.
The Oxley College Landcare Group began Rivercare activities in 1989 with Ian Royds as one of it’s founding members. This group continued with many projects through to 2011 when Ian left the school. In that time, with assistance from grants, they restored riparian vegetation along kilometres of river frontage upstream and downstream of Burradoo, removing weed species, monitoring physical/chemical water quality parameters, did regular aquatic invertebrate sampling analyses, fenced and planted over 7000 trees, set up solar stock watering systems, released dung beetles to sequester animal faeces into the ground to reduce nutrient inflows to the river, cleared pest willows from Berrima to Joadja with the Willow Warriors group and did other small maintenance tasks along the river. In 2019 the Wingecarribee Shire Council established the Burradoo Rivercare Group to encourage ongoing work along the river. The group is only small but works with council Bushcare staff to continue restoration of the riparian zone on Council land. With the reformation of the Southern HIghlands Landcare Network we hope to continue this work on private lands as well.
If you are interested in volunteering please complete the online application form and Council will be in touch with you. For more information contact the Environment Officer – Bushcare and Citizen Science on 02 4868 0888.
Wingecarribee Shire Council Programs
Council’s Rivercare Program will initially focus on the Wingecarribee River with plans to expand across the Shire. We live in a local government area where our waterways provide a significant amenity for residents and visitors in addition to supporting our wonderful wildlife. For more information visit www.wsc.nsw.gov.au/rivercare or join the W2W Rivercare Group
Bushcare and Rivercare working bees occur on a fortnightly or monthly basis and you must be registered as a volunteer with Council if you would like to participate. If you are interested in volunteering please complete the online application form and Council will be in touch with you. For more information contact the Environment Officer – Bushcare and Citizen Science on 02 4868 0888.
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, Glossy-black Cockatoos and Mittagong Geebung.
Council has the care and control of more than 30 remnant bush land reserves in excess of 3000 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.
Wall to Wollondilly (W2W) Greening Australia
The Wingecarribee River, in the Southern Highlands of NSW, serves as a major corridor linking the coastal escarpment to the Blue Mountains World Heritage Area and the Central Tablelands.
We are working with the local community, farmers and government, to help restore critical habitat for animals such as the Platypus, reduce the impact of weeds, improve water quality and return the Wingecarribee River to a healthy state.
Wall to Wollondilly is a collaboration between Greening Australia, Wingecarribee Shire Council, Local Land Services, local Landcare Australia groups and the NSW Biodiversity Conservation Trust, thanks to funding and support from the NSW Government Environmental Trust’s Bush Connect Program. www.greeningaustralia.org.au/projects/w2w/
The Wall to Wollondilly (W2W) Project will protect, maintain and restore the natural environment along the Wingecarribee River, in the Southern Highlands of NSW, between the Wingecarribee Reservoir and the junction of the Wollondilly and Wingecarribee Rivers. This is a major corridor linking the coastal cliffs with the Central Tablelands.