The Private Land Conservation Program (PLCP) provides a range of post-covenanting services to landowners statewide. Officers will make contact with new covenant owners following registration of a new covenant or change of ownership.
These services include routine reviews of reserve Nature Conservation Plans/Operations Plans and the provision of a range of general information and management advice to landowners. Officers undertake site visits, assist landowners in dealing with particular issues, and can provide advice on property sales and reserve information (with the vendor's permission) to real estate agents and purchasers of covenants.
The PLCP also conduct a range of biological monitoring activities in private reserves designed to measure change over time, to identify causes and adapt management strategies, as required, to maintain and/or enhance the condition of reserves. Monitoring methods include general assessments of the condition of native vegetation and evaluated case studies that examine particular issues in detail. To enable a wide representative sample of reserves, monitoring activities are undertaken on a strategic basis. All monitoring information is provided back to landowners through comprehensive reports that may include condition assessment information, species lists, threatened species information, photos and management advice.
Monitoring and Stewardship Resources
Nature Conservation Plan Reviews
The Private Land Conservation Program (PLCP) has embarked on a process to review the Nature Conservation Plans for all of the conservation covenants that have been due over the past five years. Just about all Conservation Covenants have one of these plans, variously called a Nature Conservation Plan, if the covenant was registered through the Protected Areas on Private Land Program (PAPL) or an Operations Plan, if the covenant was registered through the Private Forest Reserve Program (PFRP).
Covenanted bush in good condition
These plans are important documents that not only provide landowners with information about the natural values that occur on their properties and how to best manage them, but also provide authorisations for certain activities that are permissible under the covenant only with written approval from the Minister.
If you are the owner of a conservation covenant, it is most likely that someone from the monitoring and stewardship team of the PLCP will have either contacted you recently or will do so in the near future. It may be that you have an issue with your reserve such as a particular weed, or a concern around fire management, that we can provide advice on, or it may be that you have gained particular insights into managing your patch that the team could learn from and pass on to other landowners.
The monitoring and stewardship team are here to help you find solutions to any management issues you have and to support you in undertaking the management actions in your plans.
Undertaking monitoring of the condition of a covenant
- Oliver Strutt, Conservation Programs Officer
For more information about the Nature Conservation Plan review process, read the full article in the December 2016 edition of the Running Postman newsletter.
The Running Postman December 2016 (1Mb)
Thinking of selling or buying a property that has a Conservation Covenant on the title?
If you have a
Conservation Covenant registered on the title of your property and are thinking of selling, you should keep in mind that anyone involved in the sale process (e.g. real estate agents, lawyers) needs to be informed of the covenant. Prospective buyers and new owners must be informed of the covenant on the property title so that they can factor this into their decisions.
Owners of Conservation Covenants have the support of the PLCP who are available to assist with advice and management. Officers can provide agents with information about the unique values of a particular private reserve - information that may assist to secure a sale. A covenant may appeal to particular purchasers and may be promoted as a valuable aspect of the property.
Selling or Buying page has more information.