Current conservation tenders

The BCT encourages eligible landholders interested in receiving annual payments to manage part of their property for biodiversity conservation to participate in a conservation tender. Conservation tenders are run throughout the year in targeted areas of the state. 

Click here for more information about conservation tenders.

Plains-wanderer conservation tender in the Murray-Riverina

Male Plains-wanderer - David Parker/DPIE

The Plains-wanderer is a critically endangered bird for which the appropriate management of habitat on private land is critical for its persistence in the wild. 

This tender provides eligible Riverina landholders the opportunity to bid to protect and actively manage habitat for Plains-wanderers on their property.

Bids will be ranked on a best value for money basis. Successful bidders will receive annual, ongoing payments for implementing an agreed management plan under a conservation agreement which is registered on the property title.

Management actions may include grazing for ecological outcomes in high growth periods, and control of weeds and feral animals.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for this tender, the part of your land that you wish to have considered as a conservation area needs to:

  • be located within the tender area [link to tender area pdf map],
  • contain at least 100ha of mapped Plains-wanderer habitat as shown on the Plains-wanderer Conservation Tender map viewer, and
  • have native vegetation that is in moderate to good condition (assessed by BCT staff during site visits).

Expressions of interest for this tender will be accepted between the 2nd and 30th of November 2020.

Information sessions

Landholders interested in this tender are encouraged to attend an information session. Please note that all face-to-face sessions will be run in accordance with a COVID-19 Safe Plan and a strict limit to numbers will be in place. Where possible we ask you attend the online sessions. Info sessions also viewable on our printable info session flyer.

Hay – Tuesday 20th October, 6pm

Wednesday 21st October 2020, 12pm

Jerilderie - Wednesday 21st October 2020, 6:30pm

Tuesday 27th October 2020, 12pm

Morundah – 27th October 2020, 5:30pm

Online

Thursday 5th November 2020, 12pm

Tuesday 17th November 2020, 7pm

Register for all sessions on our Eventbrite page: https://bct-plainswanderer.eventbrite.com.au

A recording of an online session will be posted on our website.

For further details:

 

Snow Gum Woodlands and Grasslands conservation tender

Expressions of interest for this tender have now closed.

The Biodiversity Conservation Trust (BCT) is calling for expressions of interest (EOI) from landholders interested in earning annual management payments for conserving native grasslands and snow gum woodlands on their property.

The Snow Gum Woodlands and Grasslands conservation tender focuses on conserving remnant patches of the following critically endangered ecological communities within the Yass Valley, Goulburn Mulwaree, Queanbeyan Palerang and Upper Lachlan local government areas:

The target communities often occur together and have been identified for investment as they are poorly represented in our reserve system, have been highly cleared, and remain exposed to ongoing threats across much of their range. The woodland communities are dominated by snow gum (Eucalyptus pauciflora) and Candlebark (Eucalyptus rubida) with minimal shrubs, and a continuous ground cover of grasses, non-woody herbs and native wildflowers when in good condition. Natural Temperate Grasslands are predominantly treeless and support a similar range of ground cover plants.

Much of the remaining areas of snow gum woodlands and grasslands are found on private land within the South East BCT region. For this reason, the BCT would like to work in partnership with landholders to conserve and manage high priority areas of this important native vegetation. 

This tender gives eligible landholders the opportunity to set their own price to protect and manage good condition patches of snow gum woodlands and grasslands on their land. Bids will be ranked on a best value for money basis. Successful bidders will receive annual payments for implementing an agreed management plan under a conservation agreement which is registered on the title of the property.

Information sessions 

A number of face-to-face and online information sessions were held by BCT staff in September. Click here to view the recording of one of the online sessions.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for this tender, the part of your land that you wish to have considered as a conservation area needs to:

  • be located within the tender area  which includes Queanbeyan Palerang, Goulburn Mulwarree, Yass Valley or Upper Lachlan local government areas,
  • support at least 20ha of the priority grassy ecosystems, and
  • be in moderate to good condition (this will be determined by the BCT during a site assessment).

The tender area map on the last page of the factsheet indicates likely areas where snow gum woodland and / or grassland may occur (purple). You can enter your property address into the search bar in the top left-hand corner of this map, or use the navigation tools to locate your property. If your property is not included in the indicative distribution map and you have a patch of snow gum woodland and / or grassland that is greater than 20 hectares in size please see the Snow Gum Woodlands and Grasslands landholder guide or contact the BCT for further information.

For the Snow Gum Woodlands and Grasslands conservation tender, vegetation is more likely to be in moderate to good condition where it:

  • has not been cleared, ploughed, raked or under scrubbed in the last 15 years, 
  • is not dominated by high threat weeds, 
  • has an infrequent or absent history of fertilizer application, and
  • has more than 50% of the understory and groundcover made up of native species.

Express your interest

You can express your interest in participating this tender by filling out an Expression of Interest (EOI) form. Submit this form via email to info@bct.nsw.gov.au or call the BCT on 1300 992 688 to lodge your interest. Alternatively you can post to:

NSW Biodiversity Conservation Trust
Private Locked Bag 5023
PARRAMATTA NSW 2124

Expressions of interest for this tender close at midnight 16 October 2020.

Further Information

For more detailed information about the tender, including eligibility requirements, expressing your interest and how the tender process works, see the list of resources below.

 

Northern Inland Floodplains conservation tender

Expressions of interest for this tender have now closed.

The BCT is supporting private land conservation in the Northern Inland Floodplains region through a conservation tender. Through this tender, eligible landholders are given the opportunity to set their own price to protect and manage native vegetation on their land. Bids will be ranked on a best value for money basis. Successful bidders will receive annual, ongoing payments for implementing an agreed management plan under a conservation agreement which is registered on the property title.

The tender area includes predominantly floodplain vegetation such as River Red Gum forest, Coolibah and River Cooba woodland, Lignum swamps, natural grasslands and chenopod shrublands. Much of the remnant native vegetation in the tender area is a Threatened Ecological Community (TEC) or a vegetation type that is extensively cleared. TECs include Coolibah-Black Box woodland, Brigalow woodland, Weeping Myall woodland and natural grasslands such as Mitchell Grass grasslands. This vegetation also forms important habitat for a number of threatened fauna species, particularly wetland dependant bird species. These communities and species are considered high value ecological assets.

The Northern Inland Floodplains conservation tender has been designed to protect these conservation assets by securing remnant native vegetation in moderate to good condition in those landscapes that are poorly represented within the protected area system.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for this tender, the part of your land that you wish to have considered as a conservation area needs to:

  • be within the tender area 
  • have a minimum size of 30 hectares of native vegetation; and
  • have native vegetation that is in moderate to good condition (this will be determined by the BCT during a site assessment).

Tender information session

An online information session was held on Monday 31 August 2020. Click here to view a recording of this session.

Resources

Southern Highlands Koala Habitat

Expressions of interest for the Southern Highlands Koala Habitat conservation tender have now closed.

The BCT is supporting private land conservation in the Southern Highlands through a koala focused conservation tender. Through this tender, eligible landholders are given the opportunity to set their own price to protect and manage good condition koala habitat on their land. Successful applicants will be those that put forward the highest value habitat for the best price. These applicants will receive annual payments, in perpetuity, for implementing an agreed management plan.

The Southern Highlands is home to 10% of the state’s koala population and is considered to be the most significant koala population in southern NSW. Much of the prime koala habitat in the Southern Highlands is privately owned. Some of these private parcels contribute greatly to koala movement through the landscape and complement the Great Western Wildlife Corridor, which links the southern Blue Mountains with Morton National Park. Through this tender, the BCT seeks to protect koala habitat on private land, and to improve landscape connections for koalas by investing in sites that facilitate koala movement and dispersal.

The tender complements other koala conservation programs in the Southern Highlands and aligns with the NSW Government’s Koala Strategy.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for this tender, the part of your land that you wish to have considered as a conservation area needs to:

  • be privately owned freehold tenure land within the Wingecarribee Shire,
  • be within the Mapped Eligible Koala Habitat Area shown here. (Click on the link and enter your property address into the search bar in the top left-hand corner, or use the navigation tools to locate your property and see if it falls within the purple Mapped Eligible Koala Habitat area*);
  • support a continuous patch of koala habitat of at least 20 hectares in size, and
  • be in moderate to good condition

*Note: If your property is not included in the Mapped Eligible Koala Habitat Area and you have a patch of native vegetation that is greater than 20 hectares in size which you believe supports koala habitat, please see the Southern Highlands Koala Habitat landholder guide or contact the BCT for further information.

The Mapped Eligible Koala Habitat Area has been informed by the Wingecaribee Shire Council vegetation map.

Further Information

For more detailed information about the tender, including eligibility requirements, expressing your interest and how the tender process works, see the Southern Highlands Koala Habitat landholder guide.

Resources

 

Closed Conservation Tenders

Visit this page to access closed conservation tender resources.


General resources