The Conservation Partners Program builds on private land conservation programs previously proposed by the Office of Environment and Heritage and the NSW Nature Conservation Trust. Under this program, the BCT will continue to support landowners through existing conservation agreements, fiduciary contracts, registered real estate contracts and wildlife protection zones. The current version of the public registry contains only new agreements between the BCT and landowners. While the law only requires the registry to list the agreements reached in Part 5 of the Act, the BCT will gradually add equivalent information on other private land conservation agreements made by landowners and pre-BCT organizations. The BCT must contact each contract holder before the information is published in the registry. There are about 1,650 such agreements. The BCT uses four mechanisms under the PTC – all voluntary – to promote and support private soil protection in NSW: these agreements apply to an area of at least 10 hectares, but smaller properties can be considered by the BCT if they contain very high conservation values or if they meet other strategic objectives of the trust. 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. Landowners participating in this program will contribute to the protection of biodiversity in the NSW.
The BCT encourages landowners to consult independently on taxation that takes into account their particular circumstances prior to the conclusion (and after the conclusion) of a private land management agreement. 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. For more information, see our “Assessment Metric” fact sheet. The BCT`s role with respect to the Set Aside Conservation Agreements is limited to the signing of the agreement, the registration of the ownership agreement and the publication of the agreement on the public register of private soil protection agreements. The agreement with the landowner was developed by the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment (DPIE) in accordance with national procedures prescribed by the “Study Resolution Policy under the Native Vegetation Act 2003,” now repealed by the NSW government. DPIE is responsible for the day-to-day management of the agreement with the landowner, including assistance to landowners, compliance, ecological monitoring, response to requests from landowners to amend or denounce the agreement and report (including reporting of results under the agreement). Please contact 1300 361 967 if you need more information about an Aside Conservation Agreement set. As required by the rules, the registry contains for all agreements; an identification number, the type of agreement, the start date, the territory of the local authorities, the IBRA sub-region, the size of the agreement in hectares and the duration of the agreement. Agreements can be made with any individual, group or organization that owns land or leases land from the crown, contains high conservation values and meets minimum size and conditioning requirements. 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.