The Wall to Wollondilly (W2W) Project will protect, maintain and restore the natural environment along the Wingecarribee River, in the Southern Highlands of NSW, between the Wingecarribee Reservoir and the junction of the Wollondilly and Wingecarribee Rivers. This is a major corridor linking the coastal cliffs with the Central Tablelands.
Extensive land clearing has left the river in a highly degraded state, threatening water quality and the future of the river’s many native plants and animals, like the Platypus and Yellow-Bellied Gliders, as well as threatened woodland birds, microbats and possums. Cleared land fragments the landscape and forces these threatened species into isolated pockets.
The Wall to Wollondilly project is working with the local community to protect and restore critical habitat for these species and improve the health of the Wingecarribee River.
W2W is engaging the local community, farmers and other private landholders, government agencies, and not-for-profit organisations. As a group, we are undertaking on-ground works to help restore critical habitat for animals. We are doing this by reducing the impact of weeds, enhancing existing bushland, installing new homes for hollow-dependent animals, revegetating river banks and enhancing conservation on private property. These works will link up habitats, improve water quality and help return the Wingecarribee River to a healthy state.
The project forms part of the Great Eastern Ranges Initiative which is bringing people and organisations together to protect, link and restore healthy habitats across 3,600 kilometres of eastern Australia.
The project builds on past and current planning and projects to create long-term, sustainable change in ecosystem health. This results in the best value of environmental outcome for every dollar spent.
This project has been assisted by the New South Wales Government through its Environmental Trust.
Through W2W, Greening Australia and our partners host community workshops and events including planting days, bird surveys and technical workshops, Habitat Hollow workshops, and weed control days. By joining the W2W Rivercare Group, volunteers can also help to remove willow chokes and restore habitat for Platypus, restore vegetation and enjoy a morning walk along the path connecting ‘Burradoo to Bong Bong’ to observe the river and current Landcare work that has already been completed.
For more information about the project, or to express interest in being involved, please send us a query online.
Ian’s love for the outdoors drove him to study an honours degree at the Australian National University working on Greening Australia’s direct seeding projects around the NSW Southern Tablelands. On graduating he went straight into a full-time position with Greening Australia and today works as a senior program officer in Canberra.