Illawarra to Shoalhaven

The Illawarra to Shoalhaven (I2S) partnership was established to ensure the long-term survival of the region’s biodiversity in the face of climate change by protecting and enhancing habitat connections from the Royal National Park to Batemans Bay.

Launched in 2013, I2S provides a forum for local organisations to pursue common conservation goals and contribute toward the Great Eastern Ranges vision. I2S builds on and adds value to the achievements of the many other active local community groups and landowners in the region who are already working on conservation and natural resource projects, and works to strengthen existing collaboration between partners as well as forge new partnerships.

What makes this region special?

Illawarra to Shoalhaven was selected as a priority landscape by GER as it is one of the most biologically diverse regions in NSW. I2S is home to a host of threatened plants and animals, including the Illawarra Socketwood, Jervis Bay Leek Orchid, Spotted-tailed Quoll, Ground Parrot and the endangered Green and Golden Bell Frog.

The landscape also serves as a significant movement pathway for many bird species, such as the threatened Gang-gang Cockatoo, that fly each year from the mountains and tablelands to lowland areas on the coast.

By collectively working to remove threats such as invasive plants and animals and assisting with research and monitoring efforts, the I2S partnership is helping to create a healthier, more resilient landscape for nature and people.


  • Berry Bush Links Project

    Berry Bush Links Project

    ‘Berry bush links’ is a consortium of Berry Landcare, private landholders, community and government organisations working to improve, restore and reconnect patches of native habitat in the Berry wildlife corridor. The ten year project, funded by the NSW Government’s Environmental Trust, is supporting the planting of trees; weed control; community workshops on seed collection, native plant and weed identification; and training in feral animal management.

  •  Thin Green Line Project

    Thin Green Line Project

    The Thin Green Line provides funding to assist landholders with weed and feral animal control, tree planting, erosion control and improvement of threatened ecological communities. The project straddles the diverse landscapes of the spectacular Illawarra Escarpment which, in terms of forest connectivity, is at it thinnest point between Newcastle and the Victorian Boarder.

  • A Guide to the Yarrawa Brush

    A Guide to the Yarrawa Brush

    Through part funding from the Thin Green Line project, volunteers from the Robertson Environment Protection Society are updating ‘A Guide to the Yarrawa Brush – Trees, Shrubs and vines of the Robertson Rainforest Remnants’, originally published in 1993. The 2nd edition of the guide will include colour maps and photos of the Robertson Rainforest, a recently listed nationally critically endangered vegetation community. The guide, which will be launched in early 2021, is aimed at anyone with an interest in this rare and beautiful rainforest.

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Bush Connect Project Officer
and Land for Wildlife Regional Assessor

David Rush


By donating to the Great Eastern Ranges you will be helping us to relink and restore healthy habitats across 3,600km for nature and people.