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Conservation Tenders for Conservation Agreements

Are you interested in diversifying your income by earning annual conservation payments for conserving biodiversity on your property? We’re calling for expressions of interest (EOIs) from landholders in eligible areas.

Expressions of Interest: Port Macquarie – Priority Koala Habitat 

Check the map to see if your property is eligible. EOIs will be prioritised (on a first-come, first-served basis) and are open in eligible areas within the Local Government Areas of Port Macquarie-Hastings and Kempsey. Interested landholders are invited to submit an EOI for a site assessment by the Biodiversity Conservation Trust (BCT), by lodging a completed EOI form or by calling 1300 992 688.

Located within the Port Macquarie region, the tender area supports priority Koala habitat important to the long-term conservation of koalas in NSW. Read more about the priority Koala habitat. To participate, you must submit the Expression of Interest form by May 21, 2018. Submitting an EOI is obligation-free. For more detailed information on the tender, please read the Guide for landholders.

Expressions of Interest: Central Tablelands 

Check the map to see if your property is eligible. EOIs will be prioritised (on a first-come, first-served basis) and are open in eligible areas within the Local Government Areas of Bathurst Regional, Blayney, Cabonne, Cowra, Lithgow, Mid-Western Regional, Oberon and Orange.

Interested landholders are invited to submit an EOI for a site assessment by the Biodiversity Conservation Trust (BCT), by lodging a completed
EOI form or by calling 1300 992 688. Interested landholders are encouraged to submit early as EOIs for the site assessments close on 21 May 2018. For more detailed information on the tender, please read the Guide for landholders.

Conservation Management Program: Fixed Rate Offers

The BCT has today commenced Fixed Rate Offers under its Conservation Management Program.

The BCT is now offering fixed price conservation management payments ($/ha/year) for landholders in priority investment areas who are willing to manage part of their land for conservation under a voluntary agreement.

Resources:
• Factsheet
• map of NSW eligible areas
• Expression of Interest form
• Program Guide
• Schedule of rates​​

Conservation Partners Program

The BCT’s Conservation Partners Program is designed to accommodate those landholders wishing to enter into either a Wildlife Refuge Agreement or an in-perpetuity Conservation Agreement to protect biodiversity on their land.

It is available for landholders who are not seeking or are ineligible for conservation management payments under the BCT’s Conservation Management Program. The program builds upon the private land conservation programs previously offered by the Office of Environment and Heritage and the Nature Conservation Trust of NSW.

Under this program, the BCT will continue to support landholders with existing conservation agreements, trust agreements, registered property agreements and wildlife refuges and applications will be assessed regularly. There will not be any formal calls for applications. Eligible properties will be offered in-perpetuity conservation agreements or wildlife refuge agreements at no cost to the landholder.

Participating landholders can access the BCT’s Landholder Technical Support Package and apply for funding from the BCT’s Conservation Partners Grants.

Guide for Landholders

Application form 

Conservation Partners Grants

Conservation Partners Grants are now available on an ongoing basis. All existing BCT agreement holders that do not receive annual conservation management payments are eligible to apply for grants.
Grants can assist landholders to maintain the ecological values of their properties. For example, a landholder may need funding to manage a weed outbreak or repair a fence to exclude stock.

The grants are also available to those participating in the Community Environment Network’s (CEN) Land for Wildlife or Humane Society International’s (HSI) Wildlife Land Trust programs.

Resources:
• Fact sheet
• Application form
• Program Guide

Specific enquiries

If you wish to register your interest to see what type of agreement is best suited to your situation, please fill in the enquiry form which you can access here.

Once we receive your enquiry, we will be in touch with you within 7 days. If we anticipate delays in responding to your enquiry we advise you of this.

You can also contact us on 1300 992 688.
Email: 
info@bct.nsw.gov.au