Parkcare - Shoalhaven City Council


What is Parkcare?

The aim of the Parkcare program is to promote and implement ecologically sustainable management of the parks and reserves within the City of Shoalhaven by encouraging community ownership of the natural environment and supporting community members becoming actively involved in group activities.

Further information is on this page for the following: 

What do Parkcare groups do?
How does Council support Parkcare groups?
Why join Council's Parkcare program?
Getting started - organising your Parkcare project
Become involved
How to help without joining a group
Which Groups are in my area?

What do Parkcare groups do?

Parkcare groups are a means by which local people and visitors to the Shoalhaven can improve their local environment in a hands-on way. Parkcare groups are involved in the following activities:

  • Mowing and vegetation control
  • Landscape construction and maintenance
  • Weed control programs
  • Re-vegetation
  • Parks infrastructure installation and restoration projects
  • Pathway construction and maintenance
  • Training and education
  • List the groups in my area

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How does Council support Parkcare groups?

Council is committed to the on-going support of community Parkcare groups by providing:

  • Technical Support - Council employs a Parkcare Coordinator who is committed to assisting Parkcare groups with technical advice, training, project planning, grant applications and supply of equipment and materials as well as with their on-ground works.
  • Public Liability insurance and personal Accident insurance for all approved Parkcare activities and volunteers (aged between 10 and 90 years) working on Council owned or managed land.
  • Provision of materials, tools, herbicide, safety equipment, plants, mulch etc to approved Parkcare activities.
  • Education and training ( where necessary) on technical information including herbicide use, native plant identification. weed identification and removal techniques 

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Why join Council's Parkcare program?

By participating in Parkcare group or project you will be directly contributing to improving your local parks and reserves in a hands-on way.
You and future generations will be able to directly enjoy the benefits of your work. As local government is the level of government that works closest to the community, Shoalhaven Council is in a strong position to support local on-ground enhancement and rehabilitation projects.

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Getting started - organising your Parkcare project

Before getting your hands dirty, there are three essential steps you should take:

  1. Collect information and talk to others - Find out if there is any interest in your project from others in the local area and find who owns the land.
  2. Prepare a plan for your site - This would include defining your aims, and what you are going to do to achieve the aims - Under the Shoalhaven City Council's Parkcare program you are required to prepare a plan for your Parkcare project before starting, the Parkcare staff can assist you with this.
  3. Safety - to make sure your site is safe, and to ensure of other volunteers safety isn't compromised Council ask that you attend a short on-site safety induction which will be run by Parkcare staff at your site. 

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Become involved

Anyone is welcome to become involved in Parkcare, including all residents, ratepayers and visitors to the Shoalhaven, local schools, garden clubs, businesses, etc.

There are 20 Parkcare groups in the Shoalhaven.

If you are interested in volunteering in Parkcare, please fill out the volunteer expression of interest

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How you can help without joining a Parkcare group

  • Plant local native plants in your garden and avoid planting weedy exotic plants that can be invasive — check out the lists for coastal, pastoral, noxiousurban and worst weeds
  • Do not throw your garden waste or lawn clippings into your local park or reserve, compost them or dispose of them at your local recycling depot
  • Confine your garden to your property
  • Protect local wildlife by controlling your domestic pets 

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Contact us

Team Coordinator - Parks

Phone: (02) 4429 3425


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