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Programs include:

Program Agency Is my property suitable? The benefits What does this mean for my property? Who to Contact
Conservation Agreement NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service Properties are assessed for different qualities. Whether your property is suitable will be influenced by the following:
  • The level of landholder interest and aspirations;
  • Biodiversity / geo-heritage / cultural heritage values;
  • Property size; and
  • Quality of vegetation and position in the broader landscape.
You have a high level of protection for your property conservation values. You receive detailed information about the flora and fauna of your property as well as management advice and a Plan of Management.

Funding may be available to undertake some of the actions referred to in the Plan of Management. Other benefits may include rate exemption from local councils, land tax and in some cases income tax benefits. You receive property signage, technical notes and 'Bush Matters' newsletter and will be connected to a local network of other landholders.

Your conservation values of all or part of your property property are managed by you and protected in perpetuity. A voluntary Conservation Agreement is listed on the property title and still applies if the property is sold. A Plan of Management is formed with you and may detail protective measures for remnant vegetation, for example. Dieuwer Reynders
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Wildlife Refuge NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service Properties are assessed for different qualities. The main criteria are landholder interest and presence of native vegetation and wildlife. An on-site meeting can be arranged resulting in a Scheme of Operations which includes information about the wildlife on your property and management advice. You will receive property signage, technical notes and ‘Bush Matters’ newsletter and will be connected to a local network of other landholders. Your property is legally declared a wildlife refuge, though you can change its status when required. The status is noted on the land title and remains with a change of ownership. Dieuwer Reynders
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Property Registration NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service There are no defined criteria for this scheme other than landholder interest An on-site meeting can be arranged resulting in management advice for managing for wildlife. You will receive property signage, technical notes and ‘Bush Matters’ newsletter and will be connected to a local network of other landholders. This is not legally binding, and it does not change your property's legal status. Registration ceases when you sell the property. Dieuwer Reynders
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Biobanking Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water Individuals can set up and manage biodiversity bank sites. These are ‘offsets’ for development occurring elsewhere. The establishment of a BioBank site would enable the generation of ‘credits’. These could be sold and used to offset the impact of developments elsewhere. Funds generated by the sale would be used for the future management of the Biobank site. Biobank sites are secured and managed in perpetuity under a covenant. Threatened Species
Reforms Unit
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Revolving Fund and Covenants Nature Conservation Trust of NSW Properties are assessed for different qualities. The main criteria is land of high conservation value Land is purchased by the NCT and a plan of management and conservation covenant prepared. While owned by the NCT, the land is managed to enhance its conservation values. The property is then marketed for sale with the conservation covenant as a condition of sale. Upon sale the conservation covenant is registered on title to protect conservation values in perpetuity. The purchaser of a property from the NCT will be supported by the organisation with advice and guidance in dealing with land management issues. Nigel Jones,
Nature Conservation
Trust of NSW
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Property Partnerships Program Bush Heritage Australia Certain areas are targeted, also dependent on vegetation type and quality. You receive incentive payments for on-ground conservation works, management advice and skills development Commitment expected of landholder dependent on level of size of the financial contribution from Bush Heritage Australia. Matt Appleby
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Under New Management Greening Australia The areas covered by this incentive are Capital Region (Southern Rivers, Hawkesbury, Lachlan and Murrumbidgee catchments) within 1.5 hours from Canberra. Properties are suitable if the site is greater than 3ha and you have owned the land for less than 10 years. An on-site meeting can be arranged and you receive management and revegetation advice. A fencing subsidy is available and Greening Australia can assist with tubestock or direct seeding. The site must be managed for conservation for 10 years. This is an agreement between you and Greening Australia, it does not change a property's legal status. Graham Fifield
or
Mark Jones
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Whole of Paddock Rehabilitation Greening Australia This incentive is designed for a working farm interested in conservation benefits to improve grazing paddock health and performance. It is available for select locations in upper Murrumbidgee and Southern Rivers catchments. Properties or sites must be approximately 10-30ha in size. Suitable paddocks will be between 10 and 30ha in size. An on-site meeting can be arranged to discuss management options and a revegetation plan for the paddock. For larger producers an initial stewardship payment of $125/ha is paid and repeated again after 5 years to off-set lost production while the shrubs and trees are established. For smaller holdings this program offers advice and an in-kind contribution to cost-effectively revegetate large areas of their land. Up to one third of the paddock will be returned to native vegetation tackling soil degradation issues and paddock tree decline and salinity, while improving stock shelter and biodiversity. The site must be managed for conservation for 10 years. This is an agreement between you and Greening Australia, it does not change a property's legal status. Graham Fifield
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Good Neighbours Greening Australia This incentive program targets properties in areas fringing the ACT, including Hall, Carwoola, Burra, Royalla. An on-site meeting can be arranged as well as funding assistance for fencing and revegetation. There is a land manager in-kind contribution (generally labour, i.e. planting, erecting fences etc). The site must be managed for conservation for 10 years.

This is an agreement between you and Greening Australia, it does not change a property's legal status.

Angela Calliess
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Tax Concessions Australian Taxation Office This concerns property donations Donors benefit from the capacity to claim tax deductions on the donation. This is particularly important for donors who are asset rich but on low income Donations of property to eligible environmental bodies are in perpetuity Donna Rich,
Non Profit Centre
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Various $ Grants Public and private sources Dependent on grant criteria. Grants for on-ground projects provide a great benefit to individual and community efforts which would otherwise not be undertaken. Improvements undertaken using grant opportunities can have long lasting environmental benefits and be valuable educational tools. » Contact
ACT Land Keepers Greening Australia and Environment ACT This incentive targets on ground conservation works on non-urban land within the ACT. An on-site meeting can be arranged as well funding assistance for fencing waterways, remnant vegetation protection, shelter belts; tubestock/direct seeding; alternative stock water, erosion control. The funding is 50% upfront 50% on satisfactory completion. There is a land manager in-kind contribution (generally labour, i.e. planting, erecting fences etc). The site must be managed for conservation for 10 years.

This is an agreement between you and Greening Australia, it does not change a property's legal status.

Clare McInnes,
Greening Australia
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Learning about Biodiversity Friends of Grasslands Land owners often want to know about the native grasses and wildflowers and fauna on their properties, how to identify them, and how to manage parts or all of their properties for conservation, even if carrying on production. Join Friends of Grasslands which will give you access to many of our services including News of Friends of Grasslands and property visits. You can find out about the flora and fauna on your property, its conservation importance, and how to support its continued existence. You can link in with others commited to managing land for conservation. A whole new world of understanding biodiversity and ecology will be opened up to you. Please note that Friends of Grasslands is a non profit voluntary group and does not offer professional advice. FoG will help you to consider how to manage your property for its conservations values and to keep the native vegetation on your property, especially endangered ecological communities such as natural temperate grasslands and grassy woodlands, and endangered plant and animal species. You will understand better how to manage our precious natural assets for future generations. Friends of Grasslands
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Regional Community-based Network Upper Murrumbidgee Catchment Coordinating Committee Yes The material contained in the UMCCC information booklet “Look After your Natural Assets” - a resource book for rural landholders managing bush blocks and small acreages; and factsheets “Choosing and Managing Land”, “Disappearing Wetlands of the Upper Murrumbidgee”, and “Living with Drought”. The UMCCC is also updating its previously published Upper Murrumbidgee Willow Strategy. The biennial forum is an opportunity to keep abreast of natural resource management issues. The information is invaluable; your property can benefit by applying the advice contained in the publications. UMCCC
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Landcare Groups / Landcare Networks Upper Murrumbidgee Landcare C’tee

Upper Shoalhaven Landcare Council

Molonglo Catchment Group

All landholders can benefit from being involved in their local landcare group.

Many on-ground incentives are rolled-out through Landcare channels and will suit all property types and sizes.

Landcare groups provide a great opportunity to meet local landholders, exchange information through regular meetings and guest speakers, working bees on Landcarers’ properties and general conduit for dissemination of relevant material through newsletters, field days and links to other sustainability and environmental organisations. Incorporated Landcare Groups and Networks can assist with the development of on-ground projects, and act as sponsors for grant applications, aggregating and coordinating on-ground project work and easing the burden of paperwork and reporting associated with many grants. Your property will benefit from Landcare in many ways dependent on landholders’ input and enthusiasm. Upper
Murrumbidgee
Landcare
Committee

Upper
Shoalhaven
Landcare
Council

Molonglo
Catchment
Group

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Rehabilitation of Riparian Areas Molonglo Catchment Group and Greening Australia The high priority areas for this incentive are: Molonglo River, Woolshed and Reedy Creeks, Upper Molonglo and Burra Creek Catchments.

Medium priority areas are: Jerrabomberra Creek and Upper Queanbeyan Catchments.

You receive a site visit and funding assistance for river restoration, including rivers, creeks, gullies, drainage lines. Works include: fencing, providing stock water, tubestock and direct seeding. The funding is 50% upfront 50% on satisfactory completion and there is a Land manager in-kind contribution (generally labour, ie planting, erecting fences etc) The site must be managed for conservation for 10 years. This is an agreement between you and Greening Australia, it does not change a properties legal status. Angela Calliess,
Greening Australia

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Bush Incentives Southern Rivers Catchment Management Authority This incentive is available for the northern area of the Southern Rivers CMA only.

Suitability may also be influenced by the size of the site, your position in the broader landscape and your vegetation type.

An on-site meeting can be arranged as well as information about the conservation value of the site. You will be given an obligation free management plan for site. Incentive payments are available to successful bidders (amount identified by landholder). You will also receive newsletters addressing landholder interests and notification of field days in your area.
There are a different options for landholders offered in the current Round 5. The incentive may be managed through:
  • a 15 year Southern Rivers Bush Incentives contract
  • a 10 year Property Vegetation Plan contract
  • an in-perpetuity Property Vegetation Plan
David Curtis

David Hilhorst

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Range of Incentives Murrumbidgee Catchment Management Authority The Murrumbidgee CMA has submitted the 2008-2009 Investment Strategy for approval to the NSW and Australian
governments. The Natural Resource Management Programs available for landholders will be announced later this year.
The following options are available:
  • Incentives for protecting natural vegetation
  • Access to training
  • Advice for managing wetlands and improving aquatic biodiversity
  • Advice and support for sustainable agricultural production
  • Riparian restoration
  • Revegetation / habitat links
  • Farm forestry
Incentive agreements are usually developed as a Property Vegetation Plan agreement. Murrumbidgee
CMA

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Conservation Management Networks Department of Environment and Climate Change

Southern Rivers Catchment Management Authority

Your participation in a Conservation Management Network is determined by the location of your property and interest in undertaking and learning about local conservation.

Conservation Management Networks (CMN) are regionally and/or ecosystem based. Three regional CMNs in the K2C region are:

  • Southern Tablelands Grassy Ecosystem (STGECMN)
  • Monaro Grassland (MGCMN)
  • Far South Coast (FSCCMN)
Conservation Management Networks create a network with other landholders and other land management bodies working within the region or ecosystem.

CMNs organise field days and workshops and distribute information through mailouts and newsletters.

You can become part of a CMN and receive information, newsletters and invitations to field days.

If you have grassland or grassy woodland on your property contact the STGECMN.

If you have Monaro grassland contact the MCMN.

If you have remnant native bush on the Far South Coast contact the FSCCMN.

Mary Appleby
STGECMN

David Eddy
MGCMN

Dan and
Vickie
Williamson
FSCCMN

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African Love Grass

African Love Grass factsheet African love grass is a significant weed. It has spread rapidly and has the potential to invade the whole of south eastern Australia.

A factsheet prepared for the agricultural industry using 3D weed principles: Deliberation, Diversity and Diligence.

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