Wagga Wagga has many diverse natural environments and these areas provide opportunities for us to enjoy a range of recreational activities such as walking, swimming, picnicking, camping and fishing. It is important that we manage this land appropriately to increase the health of our environment now and into the future.
Since European settlement in Wagga Wagga in the 1830's, more than 90% of the native vegetation cover has been cleared for agriculture and urban development. As a result a number of ecological communities have been declared endangered within the local government area. For this reason it is just as important that we manage remnant vegetation as well as restore what has been degraded through past practices.
Hints and Tips for Enhancing Native Vegetation:
- Volunteer for for your local Landcare group to protect the environment beyond your backyard.
- Plant native species in your garden.
- Remove any weed species and dispose of these through your green waste bin. Never dump greenwaste in bushland.
- Don't remove bush rocks from natural areas as these provide habitat for fauna and flora.
- Collect your firewood thoughtfully. See further information from the Department of Environment on best practice.
- Look for opportunities to increase connectivity of natural bushland - this is particularly relevant to large land holders.
The Five Endangered Ecological Communities of the Wagga Wagga Area
|Fuzzy Box||Open forest dominated by Fuzzy Box, Inland Grey Box, Yellow Box and Kurrajong. Sparse shrubs with moderately dense ground cover.||Coolamon Rd|
|Myall Woodland||Located on alluvial soils. Tree layers to 10 metres and dominated by Weeping Myall or Boree species and can range from open to sparse woodland. Understorey characterised by shrubs and woody plant species and a groundcover of continuous grasses and herbs.||Small patches in the far west of the local government area|
|Inland Grey Box||Found on fertile soils dominated by Grey Box in association with Bimbil Box, Yellow Box, White Box, White Cypress Pine, Kurrajong and Buloke. Shrubs may be sparse or absent with a groundcover of grasses and herbs.||Forest Hill, Gregadoo and further west in the local government area|
|White Box, Yellow Box, Blakely's Red Gum Woodland||Generally found on fertile soils with a combination of White Box, Yellow Box and Blakely's Red Gum. Shrubs are generally sparse or absent with the groundcover dominated by grasses and herbs.||Widespread within the Wagga Wagga local government area|
|Aquatic Ecological Community in the Natural Drainage System of Lower Murray River Catchment||Includes forested wetlands, floodplain swamps and shrubland and ecosystems of rivers, streams and lakes.||Murrumbidgee River and tributaries downstream of Burrinjuck Dam|
To find out more about the vegetation communities within the Wagga Wagga local government area see the Office of Environment and Heritage website for more detail.
Council Managed Land
Wagga Wagga City Council is responsible for the management of the natural areas around Wagga Wagga which includes Crown Land on behalf of the NSW State Government. Activities undertaken within these areas include:
- Inspection and removal of weeds
- Revegetation of endemic plant species
- Rehabilitation projects
Council often seeks funding through state agencies to complete restoration and rehabilitation projects and works alongside state agencies and community groups to complete works. See our current and past projects page for information regarding vegetation management projects.