Voluntary Conservation Agreements
A Voluntary Conservation Agreement (VCA) is a legally binding partnership between Council and a landowner. Council works together with landowners to set goals for the enhancement, protection and management of biodiversity on their property which are developed into an agreed Property Management Plan and a Conservation Agreement.
The benefits you receive for the duration of your agreement include:
- eligibility to apply for annual grants to fund conservation projects;
- an Environmental Charge exemption (appears on your rates notice);
- free incentives package every year (such as plants, nest-boxes, herbicide etc.);
- land management advice that is specific to your needs;
- regular newsletters and free technical advice;
- networking opportunities (such as free workshops, open days and annual member celebration events); and
- recognition for your land management and conservation effort.
Who can enter into a Voluntary Conservation Agreement?
- individuals, groups and organisations whose property contains native bushland of significant biodiversity value;
- individuals, groups and organisations whose property compliment neighbouring properties of significant biodiversity value;
- landowners willing to integrate nature conservation with their existing land uses;
- properties must contain a minimum of one hectare of native bushland; and
- properties with a current Nature Refuge Agreement with the State Government - these properties are eligible for a Voluntary Conservation Agreement (Nature Refuge).
For further information or to apply for a Voluntary Conservation Agreement, simply complete the Enquiry Form and a Council Officer will contact you with further details.