The Landowner Biodiversity Conservation Grants program provides financial support to Cockburn residents living in the rural, rural living and resource zones who wish to conserve and enhance the natural bushland and wetland areas on their property.
What projects does the Landowner Biodiversity Conservation Grant Program cover?
You can apply for a range of conservation projects on your property, including:
- Weed control
- Fencing to exclude stock
- Dieback control
- Habitat creation/water quality enhancement
- Feral animal control.
How much funding can I receive?
You can receive up to $3,000 per property. Adjoining landowners are encouraged to make joint applications.
To be eligible for a grant, you must meet the following criteria:
- Your property must be situated in the rural, rural living or resource zones (refer to map under Documents heading below)
- You must have remnant bushland or wetland areas on your property and any proposed works must benefit the conservation value of these areas
- You must contribute significant financial or in-kind support to the project (all manual in-kind labour is to be calculated at $30/hr)
- As an applicant, you must be the owner of the property. The City will assess applications for vacant land or land where the owner is not in residence on a case-by-case basis
- If your property has a conservation covenant, you will not be eligible for funding and priority will be given to landowners whose property has no lawful protection.
Environmental management practices must be technically sound
All revegetation work must use only local native plant species (the City can supply a list of appropriate species for your property)
Single and groups of properties are eligible
Funding will not be for personal items such as uniforms, food or tools (some equipment may be considered e.g. spray unit)
Funds must not be used to comply with any conditions associated with any planning approval
Preference will be given to properties with larger areas of bushland/wetland of good biodiversity value. Smaller areas will be considered if linked to adjoining properties or green corridors or if the conservation value of the area in question is extremely high, e.g. declared rare flora (poorly represented vegetation complexes will be given priority).
Not all applications will be successful. Grants will be allocated in order of merit based on addressing selection criteria until funding pool is exhausted.
The grant round opens in September each year, and you must return your completed application form to the City by 31 October. Successful applicants will be notified by 30 November.
To apply for a grant, please complete the following steps:
Contact the City’s Environmental Officer to discuss your project ideas and arrange an inspection of your property by council staff
Once a meeting with council staff has occurred, you can then submit an application via smartygrants
Applications must be completed by 31 October (your application must include copies of quotes for works).
Any forms received after 31 October will not be accepted.
Successful applicants will be notified within 6 weeks of the application closing date.
To apply, please complete the Landowner Biodiversity and Conservation Grant Application Form
If your application is successful, you need to comply with the following conditions:
Sign a three year Voluntary Management Agreement and Conditions of Funding form (under Documents heading below)
Work with the City to develop a property plan for your bushland and/or wetland areas
Complete a ‘Statement by a Supplier’ form or provide an ABN. This will avoid 48.5% ‘Withholding Tax’ being deducted from the grant
Attend a workshop hosted by the City
Submit a Final Report by 30 September so grant funding can be acquitted and assessed in line with corresponding application for the following season.