Getting involved

There are plenty of ways you can give something back to this special place. Community Care Groups are doing good work in the Park and around the fringe, so roll up your sleeves and pull a weed or plant a tree.

Wellington Park Bushcare Group by Peter Franklin

Good neighbour

On their properties, good bushland neighbours reduce bushfire risks but maintain habitat for wildlife. They manage environmental weeds and are responsible pet owners.

Check to see if you are a good bushland neighbour – your activities can have a huge impact on the health of the Park.

The City of Hobart's Bushcare Program involves regular community working bees. Volunteers work at Waterworks Valley, South Hobart, Kangaroo Valley, Ridgeway, Friends of Knocklofty and Fern Tree. Groups usually meet once per month. For more information contact the Hobart City Council’s Bushcare Coordinator on 6238 2884 or bushcare@hobartcity.com.au.

Many other groups operate around the Park fringe and to the Derwent Estuary on projects that enhance the natural environment through hands–on participation.

Information and contact details for Wildcare and Landcare are listed on their websites. There are plenty of opportunities to get involved with catchment care programs through organisations like the Derwent Estuary Program, the Newtown Rivulet Catchment Care Group or the North West Bay River Catchment Care Group.

Natural Resource Management South (NRM South) provides opportunities and support for community groups with environmental objectives.

Bushcare group, lunch time at Goat Hills, April 2016

A number of local community associations are also active in the area, including the South Hobart Progress Association, the South Hobart Sustainable Community, the Mount Stuart Progress Association, Lenah Valley Progress Association and the Fern Tree Community Association.

Help us better understand fauna in the Park – get involved in the wildlife monitoring program.

You can also help care for the Park by reporting illegal activities to the Ranger. The Wellington Park Regulations Awareness Program (RAP) uses education as a tool for compliance, but sometimes enforcement (through legislative controls) is needed to ensure people do the right thing and comply with the law. The Park will only be beautiful tomorrow if we protect it today, so report activities that harm the environment or compromise visitor safety.

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