Nature RefugesPermanently safeguarding biodiversity on privately owned land
What is a nature refuge agreement?
Nature Refuge agreements are registered on the title to a property but do not require the owner to sell or dispose of rights. Instead the owner voluntarily agrees to undertake management actions and comply with requirements in relation to the area under covenant.
We negotiate a conservation agreement, then secure it by registration on the title to the property. Nature refuge covenants run with the land and bind all future owners.
Parts or whole of the land can be protected. Owners have the freedom to run their land as they wish as long as the environmental values are protected and managed in accordance with the management agreement.
Meet some of the people who have chosen to register their properties…
Leonie Robertson has spent 30 years creating a koala haven on her 64ha property north of Brisbane. She says gaining nature refuge status – with help from QTFN – gave her peace of mind.
‘My reasons for wanting the nature refuge certification are simple: I want recognition for the work I’ve put in and to guarantee it is never lost from the environmental estate,’ Ms Robertson said.
Gooungalba Nature Refuge
Nestled between the southern and northern sections of Eumundi Conservation Park, Gooungalba Nature Refuge is home to a variety of endangered species including koalas, the wallum froglet and the wallum rocket frog.
Owner Nate Shaw was drawn to its peace and tranquillity as well as the potential to make a contribution to protecting Queensland’s natural places. 12 of the properties’ 16.78 hectares are under a perpetual conservation agreement.
When Ian and Christine fell in love with their land on Mt Mellum, they wanted to care for it in perpetuity. As a place of great biological diversity, it contains a number of endangered and threatened species, both flora and fauna, and has high ecological value within the wildlife corridor between the coast and the hinterland.
They found that as the competing needs between housing development and ecological conservation increase on the Sunshine Coast, and indeed across the globe, many natural areas are being alienated. As guardians, Ian and Christine wanted to conserve not just small remnants, but large interconnected swathes of habitat to ensure the diversity of the ecosystem is to survive.
By protecting their property with a nature refuge covenant, they have added their magnificent block to the broader mosaic of natural areas at the southern end of the Blackall Range, increasing the prospect of the broader ecosystem being preserved.