Biodiversity boost with landowners assistance program

30 June 2015

Private landholders are encouraged to put forward nature conservation projects on their land for a share of $100,000 in funding from the City of Gold Coast.

Mayor Tom Tate said expressions of interest for grants from the City’s Nature Conservation Assistance Program (NCAP) open tomorrow.

"The NCAP is yet another way we are ensuring our city remains one of the most liveable and biodiverse in Australia," he said.

"We’ll invest more than $37 million in conservation and environment projects next financial year but by supporting landholders’ efforts to protect, enhance and manage our natural environment, we’ll achieve even more.

"It’s a win for nature, a win for our lifestyle and a win for our economy, because we know how important our unique natural environment is to our city, residents and visitors."

Projects can include weed control and bush regeneration to restore areas of native vegetation, establishing vegetation corridors to increase wildlife habitat, and the installation of wildlife-friendly fencing to keep stock out of areas of significant conservation value.

Landholders can apply for funding to engage qualified restoration contractors, hire specialised equipment and plant native tubestock.

Expressions of interest close 5pm on 17 July 2015. A site visit will then be conducted by a Conservation Partnerships Officer to provide technical advice on proposed projects.

Projects funded through the program ultimately contribute to the city’s greenspace network. Applicants must be able to demonstrate their capacity to manage the project and maintain restoration works.

Nature conservation is recognised as an essential foundation for a sustainable city, as set out in our Nature Conservation Strategy 2009 – 2019.

Program details and application guidelines are at cityofgoldcoast.com.au/ncap

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