Mudgee region landholders may be able to earn a bit of extra income by conserving biodiversity on their property.
The NSW Biodiversity Conservation Trust (BCT) has called for expressions of interest from landholders in eligible areas within the Local Government Areas of Bathurst Regional, Blayney, Cabonne, Cowra, Lithgow, Mid-Western Regional, Oberon and Orange to enter into a funded conservation management program.
Expressions of interest will be prioritised on a first-come, first-served basis but landholders who think they may have important native plants and animals on parts of their property are particularly encouraged to participate.
According to the BCT’s guide for landholders, BCT field staff and ecologists will work with the landholder to identify the environmental values on their site, identify the potential conservation area, prepare a conservation management plan and identify conservation management actions.
Landholders may then be invited to submit a tender or “bid”, which would include the conservation management plan and a schedule setting out the annual payments that the landholder would like to receive to implement the plan and the conservation management actions.
It is entirely up to the landholder to determine the price they require to carry out the conservation management actions. Agreements can be in-perpetuity or for a fixed term (minimum 15 years).
This program offers a unique opportunity for successful landholders in the Mudgee region to secure an additional revenue stream.
How to express interest
Interested landholders are invited to submit EOI for a site assessment by the BCT by lodging a completed EOI form or by calling 1300 992 688.
Interested landholders are encouraged to submit early as EOIs for the site assessments close on 21 May 2018.
For further information you can head to an information session being held at Club Mudgee on Tuesday 8 May.
Information can also be found at – https://www.bct.nsw.gov.au/news-stories/expressions-interest-are-open-central-tablelands-region-nsw.