What is Bushcare?

Council partners with volunteers to help preserve and improve our local environment in areas of natural beauty, primarily on Council-managed land.

The program includes other ‘Care’ groups, such as Dunecare.

Our Bushcare program:

  • Promotes and carries out ecologically sustainable management of natural areas
  • Restores and maintains ecosystem health by helping the natural regeneration of indigenous plants (this is typically done by reducing the effect of weeds and other threats)
  • Encourages community ownership of natural areas in a hands-on way

Bushcare activities include:

  • Bush and dune regeneration
  • Weed control
  • Revegetation
  • Wetland and creek restoration
  • Ongoing care and maintenance of sites
  • Seed collection and propagation
  • Training and education

How it works

Everyone is welcome to participate in Bushcare. You can join an existing group or start your own group for a new area.

If you are unable to get ‘hands-on’, you can register to receive Council’s ‘Bushcare Links’ email newsletter.

Each group develops an action plan which outlines the area and activities.


How to get involved

Find a Bushcare group in your area

There are around 60 Bushcare groups in the Shoalhaven:

Join a Bushcare group 

Anyone is welcome to be involved in Bushcare, including:

  • Residents
  • Ratepayers
  • Visitors to the Shoalhaven
  • Schools, clubs and business groups

Are you interested in volunteering in Bushcare?

Volunteer today

Start a new group

The formation of new groups is encouraged to help manage Council’s bushland and dune areas.

If you are interested in forming a new group, contact:

Learn more about Bushcare

Our Bushcare Newsletter

Read all about the activities of our Bushcare groups in our Bushcare Newsletter. You can even signup to receive a copy for yourself.

Find out more 

Learn more about the natural environment in our uniquely beautiful area, record and share your wildlife observations.

Landcare is a community-based volunteer movement that facilitates and coordinates actions to care for our environment. Bushcare (Council-managed land) and Landcare work side-by-side.

‘Wildlife Rescue South Coast’ is a 100% volunteer-run organisation dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and release of Australian Native Fauna.

Birdlife Shoalhaven promotes a better understanding or our regions birds.

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