To preserve the shire’s koala population, Council has secured critical funding

February 2, 2023Posted in: Environment

Koala in tree

We can’t underestimate the importance of protecting our koalas. The Southern Highlands is home to 10% of the total number of koalas remaining in the wild State-wide, and we’ve secured $1 million in State Government funding toward maintaining that precious, local population. Koala Officer Casey Taylor of Wingecarribee Shire Council said the funds are a...

Return and Earn celebrates five years of success

January 25, 2023Posted in: Community, Environment

The Southern Highlands community is making positive changes to reduce litter with millions of containers being recycled through the NSW Government’s Return and Earn scheme. Council’s Manager Waste and Resource Recovery, Mr Clinton McAlister, explained that by recycling bottles, cans and cartons residents were saving money and helping the environment. “Since launched in 2017, more...

Solar made simple

January 19, 2023Posted in: Corporate Affairs, Environment, News

House roof with solar panels, blue sky

Thinking about solar for your home but don’t know where to start?  We’ve simplified the fact-finding for you with free access to the SunSPOT solar calculator, now at your fingertips.  With the cost of living rising, how much could your household save with solar?   What size solar system would suit your needs? And how can...

Council commits to historic renewable energy power plan

November 25, 2022Posted in: Environment

All large Wingecarribee Shire Council facilities and assets will soon be powered by renewable electricity following the signing of a major long-term Power Purchase Agreement. The Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) will see Wingecarribee Shire Council join Albury City, Bega Valley Shire, Camden, Penrith City, Queanbeyan-Palerang and Wollongong City Councils in one of the State’s largest...

Nesting season arrives for native birdlife

August 22, 2022Posted in: Community, Environment

Close up magpie with head tilted, looking at camera

Springtime may herald new blooms and blossoms but for much of our native birdlife, it also signals the start of nesting season. During nesting season, which generally runs over six to eight weeks, parent birds will often exhibit protective behaviour to shield their nest and hatchlings. As their new season young hatch, magpies and plovers...