Lifetime agreement set to protect Gosford environment
23 November 2016
A Central Coast woman has become the second landholder in the Gosford region to protect native vegetation and biodiversity at her property under a conservation agreement with Local Land Services.
Mangrove Creek resident Alison Wade contacted Greater Sydney Local Land Services for help after noticing a serious lantana outbreak and erosion issues on her 26 ha property.
“I could see the damage my cows were doing to the creek banks and there was way too much lantana for me to even begin to tackle myself,” she said.
“The Greater Sydney Local Land Services team were so helpful and were able to guide me through a grant application process to support the lantana clearing and install exclusion fencing to keep the cattle out of the creek.”
Wyong-based Land Services officer Dan Keating visited the property and identified some rare native plant species and important habitat for endangered fauna.
“Alison’s land is very unique in that it backs onto a creek and mountain ranges which many native plants and animals call home,” he said. “Her property also backs onto National Park and was an ideal candidate for a conservation agreement that would ensure these beautiful areas of native bushland would be protected well into the future.”
Mr Keating said the agreement, known as a Property Vegetation Plan (PVP) offers lifetime conservation outcomes for the landholder and surrounding environment.
“Here on the Central Coast a large amount of endangered vegetation and native species are found on private properties. A PVP provides landholders with a one off financial incentive to help them with the cost of maintaining their property and means it can never be legally cleared or developed,” he said.
Ms Wade said she was passionate about conservation and the need to maintain the biodiversity and natural assets of her local environment.
“This property has been in my family for generations, it was crucial to me that it was protected from damage and I can’t thank Dan and the team enough for all their help,” she said.
“We as property owners have a responsibility not just to our properties but to the surrounding environment. I would urge anyone struggling to maintain their properties to get in touch with Local Land Services and find out how they can help you, the fact there is expert advice and sometimes financial assistance available to you is so important for people to understand.”
Media contact: Nikki McGrath (02) 4724 2138 M: 0448 953 755