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Nature Conservation Assistance Program

Helping landholders to restore bushland on private property.

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Nature Conservation Assistance Program - Guidelines

Please take the time to read the following information before preparing your Expression of Interest and Application.

Project planning

To be successful, the applicant will need a well-planned project. When planning the project, the applicant should:

  • consult with a Conservation Partnerships Officer at an early stage to ensure project outcomes are clear, well-defined and align with the objectives of the program and the City of Gold Coast's Our Natural City Strategy
  • ensure the project can be easily completed within a reasonable timeframe (usually 10 months)
  • divide larger projects into smaller, easily achieved stages
  • discuss the project with other landholders who have undertaken similar projects, where possible
  • discuss the project with neighbours to ensure the proposed activities do not cause a nuisance to neighbouring properties
  • ensure the proposed activities do not interfere with bushfire protection or other land management plans.


A detailed and realistic budget must be provided at the time of application. The budget must identify each individual item or service and the provider, unit cost and total cost of each item or service. Applications seeking funding for the purchase of services or items with an individual value equal to or great than $2000 should include a minimum of two quotes for that service or item.

Please note, the budget is an important part of the application. The budget being complete, realistic and offering value for money will be factors considered at the assessment stage of your application. Accordingly, give it the time it requires.


Applications seeking funding for the purchase of services or items with an individual value equal to or greater than $2000 should include a minimum of two quotes for that service or item. Items or services totalling a value less than $2000 should still include the name of the provider for that item or service in the budget.

Quotes should be detailed and include hourly rates, number of labour hours, methodology, materials, herbicides to be used and travel costs.

Project maps

A property map with the proposed project clearly defined must be included with the application showing the location and extent of the project. If the funding application is for a stage in a long-term project, all stages should be marked on the map with the planning focus on the current stage. We have provided an example project map.

Please label the map, clearly identifying what areas will be restored at each stage. In your application be consistent and refer to these stages and/or areas using the same terminology.


Contractors engaged for environmental weed control, bush regeneration and revegetation must hold the minimum qualification of a Certificate III in Conservation and Land Management (CaLM) and have demonstrated experience in the relevant field. Contractors engaged for fencing activities must have demonstrated experience in fencing. Preference should be given to local contractors firstly and then to adjoining shires.

Details of the contractor/s should be provided in the application (including company name, contact person, phone number) so the City may contact them regarding the project. 


Environmental weed control and bush regeneration

Weed control techniques must be appropriate for the area being rehabilitated and align with the restoration guidelines outlined in the South East Queensland Ecological Restoration Framework. A Conservation Partnerships Officer can assist with determining appropriate strategies and techniques to control environmental weeds.

Herbicides must be registered for the specific weed or be used under an off-label permit. Herbicides must be used in accordance with manufacturer's instructions.

Applications should list the main types of weeds to be controlled, indicate the area where weed control will be undertaken and list proposed control measures including technique, type of herbicide and herbicide mixing rates. Weed management activities must be directed at protecting remnant vegetation or rehabilitating degraded areas.

Revegetation to restore degraded areas and establish vegetation corridors

Plants used for revegetation must be locally native, appropriate to the vegetation type of the area being revegetated and no larger than tubestock. You will be required to provide a plant species list for approval from a Conservation Partnerships Officer prior to planting. A Conservation Partnerships Officer can assist in developing an appropriate species list for the revegetation project.

A successful revegetation project needs to be well planned and timed. It is essential to consider elements such as frost, flooding, seasonal rainfall, availability of contractors and availability of suitable tubestock. The project should also align with the restoration guidelines outlined in the South East Queensland Ecological Restoration Framework.

Applications should include details of the intended methodology and techniques used throughout the process. For example, x number of tube stock will be planted x metres apart with follow-up weeding at x intervals for x period of time. Considering the methodology and process will assist with time and budget planning. An estimate of the size of the area to be revegetated must be included in the application.

Fencing to restrict stock access to significant vegetation, wetlands or riparian areas

The type of fencing to be used and an estimate of its length should be outlined in the application and budget. The proposed fence line should also be clearly identified on the project map. Fencing must be of 'wildlife-friendly' design (that is fencing that does not restrict the movement of, or injure, native wildlife). If restricting stock access to a waterway, a buffer of 30 metres either side of the waterway will need to be restored.

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