Member for Port Macquarie, Leslie Williams today announced landholders in coastal parts of the Port Macquarie-Hastings Local Government Area are being asked for expressions of interest (EOIs) to participate in the Biodiversity Conservation Trust’s (BCT) Conservation Management Program.

“The BCT is seeking expressions of interest from landholders who think they may have important koala habitat on parts of their property,” Mrs Williams said.

“Private landholders, with koala habitat on their properties, are invited to lodge EOIs to be paid to protect and manage this habitat, diversifying their income stream.”

“These tenders are specifically for in-perpetuity agreements, so that koala populations can be secured in the wild for the next 100 years.”

“This $2 million allocation is part of the NSW Government’s unprecedented investment of $240 million over five years, and $70 million per year ongoing, in a new private land conservation program,” Mrs Williams said.

The call for EOIs in the Port Macquarie-Hastings and Kempsey LGAs are now open and will close on 21 May, 2018.

The focus is on areas east of the Pacific Highway, from Crescent Head south to Laurieton, and for properties that have important koala habitats of at least 10 hectares in area (except where land borders national parks, where the minimum will be 5 hectares).

The opening of expressions of interest comes after NSW Minister for the Environment, Gabrielle Upton, announced the BCT’s initial tranche of programs on 2 March 2018.

“The not-for-profit Biodiversity Conservation Trust will offer $37 million for programs in 2018,” Ms Upton said.

“This will deliver major benefits to the environment and support landholders to carry out important conservation management on their properties.”

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