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Nature Conservation Assistance Program

Helping landholders to restore bushland on private property.

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Nature Conservation Assistance Program - Assessment

Nature Conservation Assistance Program (NCAP) applications are assessed by a panel of City of Gold Coast officers experienced in ecological restoration. Applications will be scored against the below criteria.

  • Does the restoration site consolidate and/or connect with land managed for conservation purposes (for example, City reserve, national park, Voluntary Conservation Agreement property)?
  • Does the property lie in a mapped biodiversity area under the City Plan?
  • As identified on the City’s current remnant or pre-clearing vegetation mapping, what is the restoration site’s vegetation as listed under the Vegetation Management Act 1999?
  • How well connected is the restoration site to other patches of vegetation and how large are those patches of vegetation?
  • Is the site habitat for rare or threatened species?
  • Does the project site adjoin or contain riparian area?
  • Is the site protected or managed under an agreement (for example, Voluntary Conservation Agreement or Land for Wildlife)?
  • Can the landlord work well in partnership with the City?
  • What is the applicant’s capacity to manage allocated funds including acquittal?
  • What is the applicant’s capacity to manage the restoration project and future maintenance, taking into account previous restoration experience and their understanding of restoration approaches?
  • Is the project compliant with statutory requirements (for example tree removal permits)?
  • Is the application and budget complete and of good quality (e.g. are requested documents attached)?
  • Does the project offer good value for money?
Assessing a revegetation project

The panel will also consider:

  • the applicant’s capacity to work in partnership with the City
  • the applicant’s capacity to manage allocated funds and provide requested reporting, including project progress reports and financial acquittal, on time
  • the risks involved with each project and factors that may contribute to success
  • alternative income or assistance that is available for the project
  • other assistance received from the City by the applicant in the same financial year.

The NCAP is a competitive process and should not be relied on as a source of ongoing funding.

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