Most of the habitat supporting our native plants and animals is found on private properties - not in National Parks or reserves. As such, private landholders play a crucial role in managing and conserving the city’s natural values. Your own property could even be home to some of the region's threatened species.
The City offers four free schemes to help you protect wildlife habitat on your property, and restore bushland that has been cleared or disturbed:
- Bushland Health Checks - one-off site visit that identifies your property's flora and fauna, and provides practical advice on weed control.
- Land for Wildlife - ongoing support including comprehensive property surveys, workshops and a tailored management plan that provides practical advice on habitat conservation and restoration.
- Voluntary Conservation Agreements - financial and practical assistance to protect and manage your native bushland through biding agreements.
- Nature Conservation Assistance Program - grant funding for private landholders to carry out on-ground restoration projects that protect and enhance the city's natural assets.
"Not knowing much about native plants and animals on our property, we are very grateful for the help we receive from Land for Wildlife officers. They are always willing to visit our property if we need help with weed management, or we’re struggling to identify plants. Knowing that even a small property like ours can play an important role in supporting some threatened and vulnerable species is reward enough for us."
- Ute and Jens Sohnrey, Clagiraba