Our vision

Victoria is a place where it is normal for private landholders to adopt a conservation covenant to protect biodiversity, and the benefit to the natural world and future generations is widely understood by all.

Our mission

Through inclusive and diverse collaboration, give a voice to members, enable effective management for covenanted properties, and grow the profile of private land conservation.

Our priorities

  • Support, advocate for, and grow our membership
  • Enable effective management for covenanted properties
  • Ensure effective governance

Our values

  • Independence
  • Diversity
  • Inclusiveness
  • Collaboration
  • Integrity
  • Respect

Agenda and advocacy

We strive for greater recognition of the value of private land conservation. We encourage more landholders to adopt a conservation covenant and advocate to increase the allocation of resources directed to conservation.

We recognise that the ongoing costs of managing a conservation property are generally borne by the landholder. This can be a barrier to a greater uptake of conservation covenants. We advocate for financial support – whether in the form of incentives, concessions or funding, for managers of covenanted land to encourage effective land stewardship now and forever.

In particular, we want to see the consistent application of rate rebates by local councils, exemption from land taxes for covenanted properties and greater access to ecosystem service incentive payments; for example voluntary biodiversity offset markets.

We’re also asking for more resources to be devoted to stewardship programs. Trust for Nature offers a stewardship program that aims to provide a range of support services to covenant landholders, including practical management advice, technical assistance, education, monitoring and financial assistance. These on-ground services make a tangible impact on conservation outcomes and should be enhanced.

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On-ground stewardship can also engage future generations in the management of covenanted land, resulting in employment opportunities and supporting the next generation of conservationists through our work.

LCV also encourages philanthropic and corporate investment into the creation of privately-managed bushland reserves, following the example of Bank Australia’s conservation reserve.

Land Covenantors Victoria acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Victoria and their deep connections to land, water and community. We pay our respect to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today. Contact:

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LCV is a Registered Charity. ABN: 28727715232