Conservation incentives programs

Through Conservation incentives programs, we work with property owners to manage the natural areas of their property.

The programs can give you access to:

  • free plants, nestboxes and herbicide
  • land management and technical advice for your property
  • newsletters and information
  • free networking events like workshops, open days and other member meet ups.

To check if your property is eligible, please download our Conservation Incentives Programs Brochure (PDF 4038 KB).

For more information about our Conservation Incentives Programs please fill in our online enquiry form.

Habitat Connections

Habitat Connections is a free program for residents with backyards located in nature corridors.

Residents who join this program can get support to create backyards that are good for our wildlife.

Habitat Connections members receive:

  • native plants each year to attract local wildlife
  • expert advice from Council officers to help create a wildlife-friendly backyard
  • access to online resources to learn about weeds, native plants and wildlife
  • access to workshops and activities about relevant topics
  • a Habitat Connections sign to display on your fence.

Land for Wildlife

Land for Wildlife is a free, voluntary program to help manage wildlife habitat on private property. To be eligible, your property needs to be at least 10,000 m2 (1 hectare).

Land for Wildlife members can get advice and support to:

  • learn about native plants, animals and ecosystems
  • restore ruined land
  • manage weeds and pest animals
  • create wildlife corridors
  • improve water quality in creeks and rivers
  • help threatened species.

Land for Wildlife is available throughout South East Queensland. To see what’s happening in other areas, visit Land for Wildlife.

Voluntary Conservation Agreements and Covenants

Voluntary Conservation Agreements and Covenants are agreements between Council and landowners to improve and manage natural areas on private property.

These agreements are available to landowners whose property contains significant biodiversity value or integrated nature conservation. To be eligible, your property needs to be at least 10,000 m2 (1 hectare).

Once we agree on goals and plans for the property, we can enter into one of the following legally binding partnerships:

  • Voluntary Conservation Agreement (VCA)
  • Voluntary Conservation Agreement for a Queensland Government Nature Refuge holder
  • Voluntary Restoration Agreement (VRA)
  • Voluntary Conservation Covenant (VCC), which is registered against the property title.

Landowners who enter into these agreements receive:

  • access to Council grants to fund conservation work on the property
  • an Environmental Levy exemption on their rates.

The River Trees Program

The River Trees Program helps to improve vegetation cover along the Logan and Albert Rivers. This program supports our River Vision.

Landowners who participate in this program can apply for up to 1,000 free native tubestock for their river banks.

Since 2017, we have supplied over 19,000 native tubestock trees under this program.

To apply, you must meet the following criteria:

  • your property is on the Logan or Albert Rivers
  • you must agree to exclude livestock from the revegetation area
  • your proposed area must be in need of revegetation
  • you do not have mandatory conditions applying to your revegetation.

If you meet the criteria you can apply using Smartygrants.

For more information about the River Trees Program, please call our River Trees Officer on 07 3412 5355 or email us at

Healthy Land, Healthy Rivers

The Healthy Land, Healthy Rivers Program gives advice, education and support to landowners.

It encourages landowners to improve their land condition in a way that supports lifestyles and productivity.

The program includes workshops across a variety of land management topics including:

  • Healthy Land, Healthy Horse, Healthy Pasture
  • Weeds and Fire Management
  • Rural Land Management
  • Pasture Management
  • Practical Weed Management.

We have developed an Introductory Guide to Property Management Planning (PDF 10050 KB) in Logan to help landowners.

For more information or to find out about available grants to help improve the condition of your land, please email us at or call us on 07 3412 3412.