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The Nature Refuges Program

Gain recognition for sustainable land management practices, now and into the future

The Nature Refuges Program forms part of the Queensland Government’s commitment to ‘Investing in our Environment for the Future’—partnering with landholders to protect land for conservation. Through the program, landholders can play an integral role in protecting the state's biodiversity by establishing a nature refuge on their property. A nature refuge is an area of land voluntarily protected for conservation, while allowing compatible and sustainable land uses to continue. A nature refuge is negotiated through a legally binding, perpetual nature refuge agreement between the landholder and the State. Read mor about the Nature Refuges Program.


Projects that help manage conservation values

The NatureAssist program invests in projects that protect significant conservation values in areas identified as important for landscape resilience to a changing climate—in partnership with targeted landholders. A number of priority areas across Queensland have been selected for investment. Read more about NatureAssist.

Nature Refuge Landholder Grant

The Nature Refuge Landholder Grant (NRLG) provides financial assistance to existing nature refuge landholders with a nature refuge agreement with the department. The grant will support landholders, within their Nature Refuge, to undertake projects that will protect and enhance the significant values outlined in their Nature Refuge Agreement. Read more about Nature Refuge Landholder Grants.


Become a Nature Refuges Program partner

The Nature Refuges Program is working with a range of partners to secure an environmentally sustainable future for Queensland. Many community groups, non-government organisations, regional natural resource management groups and commercial entities are partnering to help promote and deliver the Nature Refuges Program and sustainable land management practices. Read more about Nature Refuges Program partnerships.

Koala Nature Refuges Program

The Koala Nature Refuges Program provides opportunities for eligible landholders in South East Queensland to partner with the Queensland Government for a koala habitat restoration project on their land. Read more about the Koala Nature Refuges Program.

Last updated
30 January 2017