The National Trust's Conservation Covenant and Stewardship Program has registered 189 covenants protecting more than 18,000 hectares of bushland in Western Australia.

With a large percentage of Australia’s significant natural heritage on private land, private landholders are critical to the long-term protection and conservation of natural and cultural values. By becoming a part of the Conservation Covenant and Stewardship Program, landholders can conserve the values of the land they manage and help protect it forever.

Australian ecosystems are highly diverse and can be poorly represented on public lands (Figgis 2004), so public land protection alone is insufficient. Private land can substantially contribute to increasing protected habitats, species resilience and maintaining landscape connectivity to complement the Australian Government’s National Reserve System.

Protected land is generally of low production value, with high nutrient land used for agriculture and production. Private land can contain very different vegetation types, including the last remaining native vegetation and habitats in some areas.

As a landowner, you are in a unique position to contribute. If you want to know more, please read ‘What is a conservation covenant?’.


Expressions of interest

The National Trust is seeking expressions of interest from covenant landholders for grants up to $10,000 (ex GST)* where there is an equal contribution from the landholder (cash and/or in-kind).

To enter, complete the grant guidelines and electronic application and email it with supporting documents to Alternatively, post all relevant documents to:

National Trust of Australia (WA)
Attn: Monica Hunter, Natural Heritage Management Officer
PO Box 1162
West Perth WA 6872

Please contact the National Trust on (08) 9321 6088 and ask to speak with Tracey Turich or Monica Hunter if you encounter issues.
Applications close 5PM WST Monday 28 August 2023. 

* The grant amount has been increased from $5,000 to $10,000. 

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