Category: Environment

Local high schools speaking for the planet

May 15, 2017Posted in: Environment, Events
 

Speaking for the Planet 2016

Wingecarribee Shire Council is proud to support Speaking 4 the Planet – a public speaking and drama competition for secondary school students. Run in conjunction with June’s World Environment Day, Speaking 4 the Planet provides an opportunity for students to engage in and speak about environmental issues. Council’s Environmental Projects Officer, Joe Stammers explains that...

Council to host wildlife nest box workshop

May 10, 2017Posted in: Environment, Events
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Squirrel Glider by Lachlan Hall

Wingecarribee Shire Council is set to host a workshop for residents looking to encourage native wildlife into their garden. Karen Guymer, Council’s Bushland Projects Officer, explained that tree hollows are essential habitats for wildlife. “A wide variety of species rely on tree hollows for survival,” she said. “Birds, possums and micro-bats are just some of...

Residents invited to have their say on backyard burning

April 10, 2017Posted in: Environment
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Wingecarribee Shire Council is seeking comments from residents on its revised draft Urban Backyard Burning of Vegetation Policy. Council’s Manager of Environment and Sustainability, Barry Arthur explained the reason for the revision. “The Southern Highlands is synonymous with clean, fresh air and this policy seeks to ensure that this basic amenity can be enjoyed for...

Southern Highlands home to over 3,000 koalas

March 6, 2017Posted in: Environment
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Wingecarribee Shire Council has welcomed an announcement from the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) estimating that over 3000 koalas reside in the Southern Highlands. Council’s Environmental Projects Officer Joe Stammers said the official population estimate is a result of work of the Southern Highlands Koala Conservation Project which is funded by Council’s Environment...

Job completed for Wingecarribee River Green Army

February 22, 2017Posted in: Environment
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Following six months of intensive environmental work on the Wingecarribee River, the second round of Green Army participants are preparing to down tools as the rehabilitation project draws to a close. Attending the Burradoo graduation ceremony was Campbell Page’s National Green Army Program Manager, Kristie Kelly, members of the Bong Bong Common Management Committee and...