Landowners who enter into conservation agreements under this program receive annual conservation payments for the duration of the contract. You also benefit from ongoing support from the BCT, find out more about our Landholder Technical Support fact sheet. Parts of these conservation agreements have not been disclosed for reasons of trust or because they contain culturally sensitive images. In order to ensure compliance with the NSW Data Protection Act, the BCT may add additional details to the agreements with the agreement of the contract holders. This may include the names of current and former landowners, lot and DP numbers, as well as a copy of the agreement and its management plan. Australia`s environment minister will keep an updated list of existing conservation agreements. The boundaries of protected areas must be fully identified in accord with the standards prescribed by the 2006 (practical) regulation. The usual requirements apply to the development of a tabled plan. The registry is not only a legal requirement, it is also an important way for the OCT to ensure transparency in the work we do. It is a useful resource for BCT interest representatives, existing contract holders and other landowners considering the conservation of private lands. The full list of agreements that can be accessed in the registry is available here.
A proposed conservation area (as defined in the agreement) generally concerns part of a piece of land, with the rest including the house, couplings and other infrastructure that make up the “living” and “laboring” parts of the land. Therefore, a plan is required to define the portion of the parcel, which is considered a high conservation value and must be subject to agreement. The boundary between the “conservation” and “work” areas of the land is often irregular and poorly defined. The current version of the public registry contains only new agreements between the BCT and landowners. The assessment metric calculates a biodiversity value score for each site divided by the total life cycle cost of site conservation management, in order to generate a biodiversity value index to assess the best value for money.