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Expressions of Interest for the Central Tablelands and Koala Habitat in the Port Macquarie area are open

Are you interested in diversifying your income by earning annual conservation management payments for conserving biodiversity on your property?

We’re calling for expressions of interest (EOIs) from landholders in eligible areas within the regions of the Central Tablelands and priority Koala Habitat in the Part Macquarie area.

Expressions of Interest are now open. More information on the Conservation Tenders is here.

Central Tablelands

Check the map to see if your property is eligible.

EOIs are open from 23 April 2018 and interested landholders should submit an EOI by 21 May 2018. EOIs can be lodged by completing the EOI form or by calling 1300 992 688.
Landholders in eligible areas within the Local Government Areas of Bathurst Regional, Blayney, Cabonne, Cowra, Lithgow, Mid-Western Regional, Oberon and Orange are invited to submit an EOI for a site assessment by the BCT.

Interested landholders are invited to submit an EOI for a site assessment by the BCT, by lodging a completed EOI form or by calling 1300 992 688.

Located within the Central Tablelands, the tender area supports a great diversity of landscapes and ecosystems. Read more about the Central Tablelands.

Koala Habitat: Port Macquarie

Check the map to see if your property is eligible.

EOIs open on 23 April 2018 and interested landholders are encouraged to submit early as EOIs for site assessments close by 21 May 2018.
Landholders in eligible areas within the Local Government Areas of Port Macquarie-Hastings and Kempsey are invited to submit an EOI for a site assessment by the BCT.

Interested landholders are invited to submit an EOI for a site assessment by the BCT, by lodging a completed EOI form or by calling 1300 992 688.

Located along the coastal strip north and south of Part Macquarie, this area contains some of the most significant Koala populations in NSW. Read more about the priority Koala Habitat: Port Macquarie.

Information about the next steps in the tender process is here.

How does the tender process work?

•  We prioritise eligible EOIs for site assessment based on the date of the EOI (on a first-come, first-served basis).
 
•  If your EOI the closing date, it may be placed on a reserve list.
 
•  If a site is confirmed as eligible for an on-site inspection we work with landholders to identify an area (or areas) on the property that could be managed for biodiversity conservation, and to develop a conservation management plan for the area.
 
•  Eligible landholders will then be able to submit a confidential bid in a Conservation Tender, setting out the annual payments they would like to receive to carry out the conservation management plan. Bids will be assessed and ranked by value for money.
 
•  Successful landholders will be offered a Conservation Agreement, which can be in-perpetuity or for a (minimum 15 years) fixed term. Payments will be made in accordance with the landholder’s bid and will continue for the term of the agreement.

•  Please note that all Agreements in the region of Koala Habitat: Port Macquarie are in-perpetuity agreements.

Fixed Rate Offers

In addition, fixed rate offers are available to landholders with high biodiversity conservation values on their land wishing to enter funded conservation agreements.

Find out more:

Fact sheet
Guide for Landholders
Schedule of rates
Expression of Interest form

The BCT has also allocated funds to its Revolving Fund, which will purchase high conservation value properties and resell them with a conservation agreement to interested purchasers.

Find out more:

More information about pathways to Private Land Conservation.
More information about the Conservation Tender program

Conservation Management Program

This is the principal program through which the NSW Government’s investment in private land conservation will flow.

The program will initially use three delivery mechanisms to encourage private landholders to enter into private land conservation agreements. These delivery mechanisms are: conservation tenders; fixed rate offers; and the revolving fund through which the BCT acquires high conservation value land, applies conservation covenants and then sells the land.

This program is guided by the investment principles and priority investment areas identified in the Minister’s Biodiversity Conservation Investment Strategy (BCIS). The proposed implementation will deliver upon the BCIS targets for private land conservation agreements to protect landscapes that are unrepresented and inadequately reserved, and to diversify income for landholders.

Landholders who enter into conservation agreements under this program will receive conservation management payments and access the BCT’s Landholder Technical Support Package.

Conservation Partners Program

The Conservation Partners Program builds upon the private land conservation programs previously offered by the Office of Environment and Heritage and the Nature Conservation Trust of NSW.

The program is proposed 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 this Program the BCT will continue to support landholders with existing conservation agreements, trust agreements, registered property agreements and wildlife refuges.

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

Under the Conservation Partners Program, 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.

Guide for Landholders

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.

Guide for Landholders

The Murray-Riverina and Northern Inland Expressions of Interest are now closed

Expressions of Interest are now closed in the regions of Murray-Riverina and Northern Inland of NSW.

Thank you for expressing your interest in establishing a conservation agreement on your land with the Biodiversity Conservation Trust of NSW. If you have further enquiries, please phone 1300 992 688.

Information about the next steps in the tender process is here.