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Voluntary Conservation Agreements

Voluntary Conservation AgreementA 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.