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.

The expression of interest period for this tender has now ended

The BCT is supporting private land conservation in the Lower Clarence Valley region through a conservation tender. This tender provides eligible landholders the opportunity to bid to protect and actively manage native coastal floodplain vegetation on their land. 

The Lower Clarence Valley supports important remnant threatened floodplain ecological communities including Freshwater Wetlands, Sub-tropical Coastal Floodplain Forest, Swamp Sclerophyll Forest, Swamp Oak Floodplain Forest, Lowland Rainforest and Coastal Saltmarsh. This region also contains many nationally significant wetlands including The Broadwater, Everlasting Swamp, Upper Coldstream and part of the Clarence River Estuary. These communities provide important habitat for many threatened fauna species such as water birds. 

The tender area encompasses tribal areas belonging to the Bundjalung, Gumbaynggirr and Yaegl people, and includes cultural landscapes that support important cultural keystone species such as the endangered population of Coastal Emu.

The tender will focus on securing sites with floodplain threatened ecological communities, important wetlands and habitat for the endangered coastal emu population. Eligible landholders will be given the opportunity to set their own price to protect and manage floodplain threatened ecological communities, important wetlands or habitat for the endangered coastal emu population on their land.  Bids will be ranked on a best value for money basis. It will enable successful landholders to be paid annual ongoing conservation management payments to conserve and manage these important areas according to an agreed management plan under an in-perpetuity conservation agreement which is registered on the property title.
 

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:

  • occur within the tender area shown on the tender map; and 
    • have a minimum size of 10 hectares of one or a combination of floodplain Threatened Ecological Community; or 
    • support an area of important wetland (no minimum size however must meet additional criteria as outlined for eligible important wetlands); or 
    • have a minimum size of 20 hectares of native vegetation within the Save our Species (SoS) Coastal Emu Management Site; and 
  • support native vegetation that is in moderate to good condition (this will be determined by the BCT during site assessment).

Eligible important wetlands

Important wetlands are those recognised in international agreements (RAMSAR) and/or within the Directory of Important Wetlands in Australia (DIWA); and / or a wetland that is consistent with a threatened ecological community determination in either NSW or Commonwealth legislation.  

For this tender, important wetlands also include those coastal wetlands recognised under State Environmental Planning Policy (Coastal Management) 2018. 

You do not need to know if you manage an ‘important wetland’ to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) form** for a site assessment; the BCT will determine if you have these during the site assessment.

Information sessions

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Due to the current restrictions associated with COVID-19, our two drop-in information sessions planned for August 2021 have been cancelled. We apologise for any inconveniences caused. 

Instead we invite you to watch this information video where BCT staff explain the details of the tender including eligibility, how the tender process works and how to express your interest.

If you have any questions after watching this video, please contact the BCT by emailing [email protected] or calling 1300 992 688. 

Express your interest

The Expression of Interest period for this tender is now closed.
 

The expression of interest period for this tender has now ended

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

The Snow Gum Woodlands and Grasslands (south) conservation tender focuses on conserving remnant patches of the following critically endangered ecological communities within the Snowy Monaro local government area:

Monaro Tableland Cool Temperate Grassy Woodland (snow gum woodland)

Natural Temperate Grassland of the South Eastern Highlands (grassland)

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 community is dominated by snow gum (Eucalyptus pauciflora) but other tree species may also be present such as black sallee (Eucalyptus stellulata), ribbon gum (Eucalyptus viminalis), candlebark (Eucalyptus rubida) or blackwood (Acacia melanoxylon). There are minimal shrubs present with 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 woodland 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 woodland 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 will be held by BCT staff in September. To register your interest in attending call the BCT on 1300 992 688 or register via Eventbrite:

https://bct-snowgum-south.eventbrite.com.au

Please register if you are interested in attending an information session so we can manage our COVID-19 Safety Plan and can update you on any changes closer to the date.

Click here to view the recording of one of the online sessions. You can also download the slide pack from this session here.

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 (the Snowy Monaro local government area),

     
  • support at least 20ha of the target vegetation communities listed above, and

  • be in moderate to good condition (this will be determined by the BCT during a site assessment).

You can look at the interactive tender map to see if your property contains any likely areas where snow gum woodland and / or grassland may occur. Enter your property address into the search bar in the top left-hand corner of the interactive map or use the navigation tools to locate your property. If your property is not included in the indicative distribution map, but you do have a patch of snow gum woodland and / or grassland on your property that is greater than 20 hectares in size, please see the Snow Gum Woodlands and Grasslands (south) landholder guide (see link below) or contact the BCT for further information.

For the Snow Gum Woodlands and Grasslands (south) 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, such as Serrated tussock or African lovegrass

  • 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 [email protected] or call the BCT on 1300 992 688 to lodge your interest. Alternatively, you can post to:

NSW Biodiversity Conservation Trust

PO Box 733

Queanbeyan NSW 2620

EOI submissions for this tender close at midnight on 8th October 2021.

Resources

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.

Interactive tender area map

Factsheet 

Landholder guide 

Info session flyer (Please note that due to the current restrictions associated with COVID-19, some of our information sessions have been impacted. If you're interested in a particular session, please register on our Eventbrite page so we can update you with any changes.) 

Expression of Interest (EOI) form 

The expression of interest period for this tender has now ended.

IMPORTANT UPDATE: Due to the current restrictions associated with COVID-19, some of our information sessions have been impacted. Please check the Eventbrite page for updates. We apologise for any inconveniences caused. You can also click here to view a recording of on of our online information sessions.

Due to COVID-19 impacts, the EOI period for this tender has been extended by two weeks. The BCT will now be accepting EOIs until Friday 6th August.

IMPORTANT UPDATE: The BCT made an update to the Landholder Guide on 5 August 2021. This update was made in the eligible sites section regarding sites with determined claims under Native Title Claim under the Commonwealth Native Title Act 1993 or an Aboriginal Land Rights Claim under the Aboriginal Land Rights Act 1983.

The BCT is supporting private land conservation in the Paroo and Warrego Catchments through a conservation tender. This tender provides eligible landholders the opportunity to bid to protect and actively manage native vegetation on their land.

The Paroo and Warrego Catchments conservation tender area contains wetlands of national and international significance, which provide habitat for many threatened plants and animals including the kultarr, stripe-faced dunnart and the Australian bustard. A number of endangered ecological communities also occur within the tender area including the critically endangered artesian springs.

The tender will focus on securing large sites of native vegetation, important wetlands and artesian springs. Eligible landholders will be given the opportunity to set their own price to protect and manage areas of native vegetation and, important wetlands and artesian spring sites on their land. Bids will be ranked on a best value for money basis. It will enable successful landholders to be paid annual ongoing conservation management payments to conserve and manage these important areas according to an agreed management plan under a conservation agreement registered on the property title.

This tender has been developed in collaboration with Western LLS, Western Landcare, Bush Heritage Australia and the NSW Government’s Saving Our Species Program.

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:

  • occur within the tender area shown on the tender map;

  • Contain:

    • a single patch of ≥100ha of native vegetation, or

    • an important wetland or artesian spring (no minimum size however must meet additional criteria)

  • Have native vegetation that is in moderate to good condition (assessed by the BCT staff during a site assessment).

Important wetlands and artesian springs

Important wetlands are those wetlands recognised in international agreements (RAMSAR); and / or within the Directory of Important Wetlands in Australia (DIWA); and / or a wetland that is consistent with a threatened ecological community determination in either NSW or Commonwealth legislation. 

Artesian springs are those ecosystems recognised as an Artesian Springs Ecological Community in the Great Artesian Basin consistent with the NSW Threatened Species Scientific Committee Final Determination for these communities.

You do not need to know if you manage an ‘important wetland’ or an ‘artesian spring’ to submit an expression of interest (EOI) form for a site assessment; the BCT will determine if you have these during the site assessment.

For more information please see the Paroo and Warrego Catchments Landholder Guide.

Information sessions

A recording of the first online information session for this tender is available to view here

Express your interest

Your completed expression of interest (EOI) form must be received between 28 June and 6 August 2021.

Expressing an interest in the program does not create a binding obligation to proceed with participating in the program.

Resources

IMPORTANT UPDATE: The BCT made an update to the Landholder Guide on 5 August 2021. This update was made in the eligible sites section regarding sites with determined claims under Native Title Claim under the Commonwealth Native Title Act 1993 or an Aboriginal Land Rights Claim under the Aboriginal Land Rights Act 1983.

Conservation tender resources