The Nature Refuge Landholder Grant

Image showing ecological burn on Avoid Island Nature Refuge to enhance ecosystem regeneration.

Undertaking ecological burn on Avoid Island Nature Refuge to enhance ecosystem regeneration.

The Nature Refuge Landholder Grant (NRLG) provides financial assistance to existing nature refuge landholders with a Nature Refuge Agreement with the Department of Environment and Science (DES). The grant will support landholders to undertake projects that will protect and enhance the significant values outlined in their Nature Refuge Agreement.

Participation is voluntary and projects must be completed within 6 months of signing the Grant Deed.

Who is eligible?

Landholders with an existing Nature Refuge Agreement may apply when a grant round is open, subject to any previous Nature Refuge Program funded projects must being finalised and acquitted.

It is important that all applicants consider the guidelines (PDF, 609.3KB) to determine if you are eligible to apply when a grant round is open.

Image showing reestablishment of native rainforest to improve biodiversity on Garriya Nature Refuge.

Reestablishment of native rainforest to improve biodiversity on Garriya Nature Refuge.

Image showing reestablishment of a vegetation corridor on Granitica Nature Refuge.

Reestablishment of a vegetation corridor on Granitica Nature Refuge.

What projects will be considered?

Projects that demonstrate a clear conservation outcome and enhance the resilience and sustainable management of the nature refuge are encouraged.

The types of activities favoured include:

  • control of environmental weeds to rehabilitate native vegetation areas (includes biological control methods; class 1 pest plants will be considered)
  • installation of fencing to restrict/exclude stock accessing ecologically significant areas (note that fencing should be of best practice wildlife friendly design)
  • development and implementation of fire and pest animal management programs/plans
  • revegetation of degraded areas and establishment of vegetation corridors
  • other activities deemed by the assessment panel as relevant to the conservation and management of the nature refuge values (e.g. fire access tracks, ecological surveys, off-stream stock watering points, reducing sediment loss, wildlife monitoring, environmental education/interpretive material).

Activities that won’t be funded include those that:

  • cannot be demonstrated to provide a clear environmental benefit to the nature refuge
  • are a condition of a Development Approval, Rehabilitation Order or an offset requirement under a government offset policy
  • are the normal or legal responsibility of the landholder (e.g. maintenance of buildings)
  • are deemed to be landscaping for private or scenic amenity.

Up to $10,000 may be granted, with the landholder required to contribute dollar for dollar (either in-kind, cash, or a combination of both). The timeframe is short – just 6 months to completion from signing the Grant Deed.

For more information

For general queries about NRLG, please contact naturerefuge@des.qld.gov.au.

There are no grant rounds currently open.