A Conservation Agreement will protect the wildlife habitat on your property forever, even if you sell the property. This program is suited to owners of large properties, who want to permanently protect valuable wildlife habitat on their land. Conservation Agreements are administered by the NSW Government Biodiversity Conservation Trust, who provide advice, support and funding for you to manage part or all of your property for conservation.
With a Conservation Agreement, you will receive an ongoing discount on your council rates, and be eligible for grants to support conservation activities including:
- weed control
- installation of wildlife-friendly fencing
- developing a site management plan.
Currently grants of up to $15,000 per year for three years are available. Grants are not competitive and you can apply at any time.
Landholders get to decide which parts of their land are included in the Conservation Agreement. This means you can protect important areas of habitat, while still being able to maintain tracks, fences or farmed areas.
Generally your property needs to have 20ha or more of native vegetation to be eligible. But smaller areas can be considered where they have special environmental values, e.g. koala habitat or endangered ecological communities.
For more information visit the NSW Biodiversity Conservation Trust website.