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Nature Conservation Assistance Program

Helping landholders to restore bushland on private property.

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Nature Conservation Assistance Program - Eligibility

Who can apply?

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • be a private landholder
  • clearly demonstrate the environmental benefits beyond their property boundary (that is, the project must contribute to the protection, enhancement or management of the Gold Coast’s natural environment and city-wide conservation network)
  • clearly demonstrate their capacity to manage the project and maintain the works in the following years
  • clearly demonstrate their capacity to properly administer any funding or other assistance provided by the City of Gold Coast (City)
  • ensure all permits and other approvals relating to the application are addressed and there is adequate insurance cover for the project
  • be free of debt to the City
  • have met the required acquittal conditions for any previous funding.

Who can't apply?

  • a government agency or department (local, state or federal)
  • body corporates, schools, community organisations or public companies
  • applicants who have received funding for the same project for the same purposes through another source (applicants who are value-adding to existing funding can still apply)
  • applicants who have failed to meet the conditions of a previous grant awarded to them by the City (for example, failed to acquit funds). Applicants who were not able to meet the conditions due to unforeseen or unavoidable circumstances may still be considered in the future.

Projects and costs eligible for funding

Tools required for native vegetation restoration

Projects eligible for funding must be on privately owned land within the city. Landholders can apply for assistance to carry out natural resource management activities including:

  • environmental weed control and bush regeneration to rehabilitate areas of native vegetation back to their natural condition
  • planting of local native tubestock for the purpose of:
    • rehabilitating a degraded area that won’t naturally regenerate
    • establishing vegetation corridors
    • rehabilitating the banks of natural waterways to reduce sediment run-off, provide erosion control and increase waterway health

Costs eligible for funding include:

  • hire of specialised equipment, essential for the completion of the project
  • purchase of herbicides (with relevant off-label permits under the Agricultural and Veterinary Chemicals (Queensland) Act 1994), surfactants and/or registered dyes
  • purchase of tubestock for revegetation, stakes, mulch, fertiliser. Plant species lists will need to be approved by a Conservation Partnerships Officer prior to planting
  • fees for engagement of a suitably experienced and qualified contractor (minimum Certificate III in Conservation and Land Management and/or accreditation with in the Australian Association of Bush Regenerators) with a registered ABN.

Projects and costs not eligible for funding

Ineligible projects include those that:

  • are not on private land
  • are a condition of a Development Approval, Rehabilitation Order or an offset requirement under a relevant government offset policy
  • are the normal or legal responsibility of the landholder (for example control of Class 2 pests, boundary fencing) occurring in isolation from restoration works
  • contravene any local, state or commonwealth legislation or policy
  • are weed management activities in production or domestic areas (for example, orchards, pastures, crops, gardens or around dwellings).

The following costs are ineligible for Nature Conservation Assistance Program funding:

  • your own or a relative’s labour (even if a contractor)
  • the purchase, servicing and/or associated costs (for example fuel or oil) of equipment. However, the cost of equipment can be used to satisfy the applicant contribution component
  • fencing. However, the installation of wildlife-friendly fencing to restrict stock access to ecologically significant areas (for example, waterways or intact remnant vegetation) can be used to satisfy the applicants co-contribution. The area being protected from stock must ne restored in conjunction with fencing.
  • reimbursement of works or purchases that have already been started or completed prior to submitting an application
  • contractor fees for the purposes of planting tubestock granted from another City incentive program (for example, Land for Wildlife)
  • payment of running costs including insurance
  • payment of permanent employees (contract labour or consultants may be engaged, but the details of such work must be clearly outlined in the application)
  • purchase of land
  • loan repayments
  • rent.

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