The BCT is opening a new conservation tender in 2022 to fund eligible landholders in the Darling Baaka Riverine Corridor in western NSW.
With this, the BCT has now announced all upcoming conservation tenders for this year in three areas identified as a high priority for private land conservation. Eligible landholders in each of the targeted areas can apply for ongoing, annual payments to establish and manage a conservation area on their land.
1. Northern Inland Koala
Announced in May, the Northern Inland koala conservation tender will focus on koala habitat in the Armidale and Uralla local government areas. This tender will be funded through support from the new NSW Koala Strategy.
2. Restoring Murray Woodlands
The Restoring Murray Woodlands conservation tender will focus on protecting, restoring and connecting native woodland habitats in the Murray region of NSW. The targeted high conservation value vegetation communities in the tender are the Grey Box, Weeping Myall and Sandhill Pine Woodlands. Protecting and restoring these woodlands in the Murray region will also help connect patches of habitat for threatened species such as squirrel gliders and swift parrots. The BCT will also investigate and pilot the inclusion of carbon storage opportunities as part of this tender, supported under the BCT’s new partnership with telecommunication giant, Telstra.
3. Darling Baaka
The Darling Baaka conservation tender will protect critical wetlands and high conservation value vegetation communities along the Darling River (Barkindji: Baaka). This unique boom-and-bust landscape provides important habitat for migratory birds, and a drought refuge to threatened species such as pink cockatoos and Australian bustards. It is also home to threatened ecological communities such as Coolibah-Blackbox Woodland.
More information for each tender, including mapping and eligibility criteria will be available on the BCT’s website in the coming months. Interested landholders can register to stay informed through the Current conservation tenders page.
The BCT has completed fourteen conservation tenders across NSW, resulting in 128 funded conservation agreements protecting over 80,000 hectares of unique native landscapes.
Successful applicants from previous tenders have shared their stories through video: