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Program Overview



"To build an effective and resilient network of private reserves and areas with complementary biodiversity management, in partnership with landowners and other organisations"


The Private Land Conservation Program (PLCP) was established in 2006 to provide a single point of management for all of the Department’s conservation programs that focus on private land. The Program works with landowners to sustainably manage and conserve natural values (e.g. native flora and fauna, natural wetlands, geoconservation areas) on private land. We are committed to helping landowners to look after these values now and into the future.

The PLCP aims to develop and encourage an integrated approach to private land management and planning that helps landowners fully benefit from the sustainable management of their properties’ natural diversity. We seek to achieve high level recognition of the biodiversity value of natural systems and the need to appropriately protect them, and to support individuals who voluntarily manage these systems for conservation outcomes.

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Conservation Covenants

Landowners may enter into a Conservation Covenant to manage defined areas specifically for nature conservation. Covenants are legally binding under the Nature Conservation Act (2002) and are registered on the land title. Although a Covenant is usually in perpetuity, it may be registered for a fixed-term.

Covenants in perpetuity give peace of mind that natural values, such as native flora and fauna, natural wetlands and geoconservation areas, will persist for generations. They also contribute to Australia’s network of protected areas, the National Reserve SystemYou are now leaving our site. DPIPWE is not responsible for the content of the web site to which you are going. The link does not constitute any form of endorsement.

We offer management support and advice to landowners with Conservation Covenants, and conduct scientific monitoring of the protected natural values.

Other benefits of a Conservation Covenant include:
  • Exemption from land tax (for the area under Covenant);
  • Rate rebates in some council areas;
  • Salinity and erosion protection by maintaining remnant native vegetation;
  • Supporting applications for funding for environmental works; and
  • A sense of well-being from knowing that you have protected your land for future generations and will be making an important contribution to nature conservation in Australia
The Protected Areas on Private Land program is the current covenanting program.
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For further information
Contact: Private Land Conservation Enquiries
Private Land Conservation Program
Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment
GPO Box 44
Hobart TAS 7001
Phone: 1300 368 550 (local call rates in Australia)
Fax: 03 6223 8603
Email: PrivateLandConservation.Enquiries@dpipwe.tas.gov.au


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