Landholder stories

The BCT supports, facilitates and encourages the conservation of biodiversity on private land. We work side by side with landholders to preserve the state NSW's unique biodiversity. 


Landholders and Conservation Agreements - read their stories


​​Tony ParkesTony Parkes – Restoration in the Big Scrub in northern NSW

Tony’s story starts in 1986 with his family purchasing an eight-hectare block that was part of a 42-hectare degraded ex-dairy farm at Binna Burra, north eastern NSW. Tony was living in Sydney at the time and was planning early retirement from a long career in corporate finance. The purchase of the property was the tangible expression of a sea change dream. The dream turned to reality three years later when he moved into a new house on the property, which was once covered by lush rainforest of the Big Scrub. Read the full story

Clare CannonClare Cannon - Woomargama Station’s land management approach

Clare Cannon, the owner of one of Australia's oldest pastoral stations believes a recent decision to protect a third of her property with a private land conservation agreement will eventually increase the value of the farm and its produce. Read the full story



Landholders and Wildlife Refuges - read their stories


White Leeds WetlandWhite Leeds Station – managing and protecting ecosystems in the far west NSW

Owned by Margaret Mc Bride and Steve Radford, White Leeds Station is a 10,000 hectare property near Broken Hill. At the time, Margaret and Steve purchased the property a large portion of the land was significantly degraded. However, over time Margaret and Steve restored the land through developing infrastructure and implementing management practices that initially prevented further degradation and aimed to remediate and improve the quality of the environment and ecosystems. 
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 Booroolong frog, Photo: DECCkooyong Wildlife Refuge – helping to restore habitat for the Booroolong Frog

The Kooyong Farm is a family farm run by Robert Cox and his family. The farm is a Wildlife Refuge and is located near Tumbarumba NSW and lies within the Summit to Slopes area of the Great Eastern Ranges, a narrow band from Kosciuszko National Park to Albury. Read the full story



Landholders and Offsets - read their stories


Edgar DownesDownes Family Farm at Brownlow Hill

The Downes Family Farm in Camden NSW is a dairy farm owned and operated by the family for five generations. Prior to discovering biobanking, the Downes family farm was struggling. They faced the choice between going broke farming or realising the capital value of their land. Eventually, the family decided land conservation could be a means of securing the property's financial viability and provide them another farming activity option. Read the full story


The road to Mt Hercules biobank site (c) OEHMount Hercules on the Razorback Range, Wollondilly

Graeme Kirk is extremely proud of his 300 hectares of land at Wollondilly on the south-western outskirts of Sydney, NSW. A keen advocate of the region, Graeme uses his property for grazing sheep and protecting native bushland. Using the NSW Government's BioBanking Scheme, Graeme continues his sheep grazing while at the same time generating saleable credits by setting aside land to preserve endangered plants, animals and ecosystems on parts of his property that is not suitable for grazing. Read the full story