Tagged: environment

Council’s sustainability efforts pay-off

September 6, 2019Posted in: Environment

Solar panels on roof

Wingecarribee Shire Mayor Councillor Duncan Gair has commended a Council-led program for reducing Council’s energy consumption and costs for the 2018/19 financial year. Established in 2012, the Revolving Energy Fund (REFund) generates ongoing funding for projects that reduce energy consumption. “Last financial year seven energy projects contributed to just over $56,000 in financial savings,” the...

First rehabilitated koala released at Tugalong Station

August 5, 2019Posted in: Environment

‘Tug’ the koala has this week become the first rehabilitated koala to be released onto ‘Tugalong Station’. The NSW State Government purchased the 3,680 hectare property in February this year to help safeguard the local koala population. Council’s Koala Conservation Officer and coordinator of the Southern Highlands Koala Conservation Project, Margot Law said Tug’s release...

Council weeds out glyphosate use

July 31, 2019Posted in: Environment

Playground equipment with person demonstrating weed control method

With the use of glyphosate-based products coming under greater scrutiny, Wingecarribee Shire Council is set to conduct its own trials into weed control alternatives. Council’s Manager of Open Spaces, Recreation and Building Maintenance, Greg Bray said ongoing trials included non-chemical based alternatives. “We’re keeping an open mind and to date we’ve investigated products that use...

Tips to reduce wood smoke pollution

May 15, 2019Posted in: Environment

Wood fire smoke

With the chill of winter in the air, Wingecarribee Shire Council is reminding residents to check their wood heaters before they light up. “Faulty and incorrectly used wood fire heaters are a major contributor to winter air pollution,” said Council’s Environment and Sustainability Manager, Mr Barry Arthur. “Apart from the obvious health and community benefits...

Join the big Glossy Weekender!

May 9, 2019Posted in: Environment

Wingecarribee Shire Council is inviting bird enthusiasts from across the Shire to join them this weekend and hear of the plight of the Glossy Black-Cockatoo. “The Glossy Black-Cockatoo really is a beautiful and charismatic bird,” said Council’s Environmental Projects Officer, Joe Stammers. “However they’re classified as a vulnerable species and if we don’t help to...