Covenanting Programs

The Nature Conservation Trust (NCT) co-operates with private rural land owners, community groups, non-government agencies and government bodies to establish conservation agreements (land covenants) across the State of NSW. Our land title covenanting program targets specific regions within NSW, particularly in north NSW near Lismore and south NSW near Albury-Wodonga, looking for landscapes that are rich in biodiversity.

Targets for conservation land covenants

A region of NSW or an individual rural property may be targeted by NCT for a conservation land title covenant for a number of reasons. The land could:

  • contain an abundance of threatened animals or plants that are rich in biodiversity;
  • support one of the last remaining patches of intact acreage or bushland in an area;
  • form part of an important wildlife corridor; or
  • act as a buffer to protect a neighbouring national park or nature reserve.

Under our land covenanting programs, the NCT has 41 registered land title covenants protecting 2,444 hectares of high conservation value land.

Applying for a land covenant or conservation agreement

If a rural property falls within a targeted region, the NCT might approach the land owners to establish a conservation land title covenant.

Alternatively, land owners who care about safeguarding the natural value of their rural acreage and its endangered species can apply to take part in one of the NCT’s conservation land covenanting programs. Opportunities are limited and success is not guaranteed, however successful applications result in a legally binding conservation land covenant registered on the property at no cost to the land holder.

Click here to read more about land covenants.

Partners in land conservation

The NCT land covenanting programs also enable the private sector as well as government bodies and agencies to enter into land conservation contracts to help us protect key sites of natural importance. Private land conservation enables us to tackle environmental threats on a larger, regional scale.

The NCT has various conservation agreements (land covenants) in place with partners including catchment management authorities (CMAs), the NSW Environmental Trust, NSW Roads and Traffic Authority, Federal and NSW governments.

Find a NCT Covenanting Program in your region:

Blue Mountains Heritage Area

Blue Mountains Heritage Area

Using conservation land covenants, the NCT hopes to establish seven new private nature reserves along the western edge of the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage Area.

Lower Hunter

Lower Hunter

A new partnership between Birds Australia, the Nature Conservation Trust, Trust for Nature Victoria and Tasmanian Land Conservancy is protecting core woodland habitat for threatened birds.

North-eastern NSW

North-eastern NSW

In north-eastern NSW, the NCT has established 24 private nature reserves by adding a conservation land covenant to privately owned land – 17 in the Border Ranges, six in the Lower Clarence and one near Urunga.

Capertee Valley

Capertee Valley

The four land covenants on private land in the Capertee Valley contain nationally threatened box-gum grassy woodland and habitat for 16 threatened bird species.

Upper Murray

Upper Murray

Partnerships with rural land owners in the Upper Murray, through conservation land covenants, have protected 282 hectares of key wildlife habitat and boosted climate change corridors in the region.

Murray River Catchment

Murray River Catchment

The Murray River catchment land covenanting project protects nationally threatened box-gum grassy woodland, weeping myall woodlands and buloke woodland.

Central West NSW

Central West NSW

The NCT has established two private nature reserves in the Central West catchment, near Dubbo, protecting 843 hectares of high conservation land.

Hume Highway

Hume Highway

In a progressive partnership with the NSW Roads and Traffic Authority, the Nature Conservation Trust (NCT) is working with six private land owners in the Murray and Murrumbidgee catchments to implement important conservation work.