Expression of Interest - Western Sydney Biodiversity Offsets Program

Roads and Maritime Services is commencing an Expression of Interest (EOI) program for property owners that may be interested in entering a Biodiversity Stewardship Agreement on their land.

Biodiversity information

For those property owners interested in lodging an EOI, please complete and return the application form by Friday 19 July 2019.

You will be contacted by Roads and Maritime or its contractor to discuss your application, the biodiversity offset scheme process and next steps. Responding to the EOI is obligation free and does not commit you to anything.

Existing credit holders and those that have already undertaken the necessary ecological assessments do not need to respond via the EOI process and are encouraged to contact Roads and Maritime directly.

Roads and Maritime seek to minimise and avoid impacts on biodiversity from road and other infrastructure projects. When building roads, sometimes land available for wildlife (biodiversity) is lost and needs to be compensated for. When impacts cannot be avoided, Roads and Maritime compensate for biodiversity by ‘offsetting’ in a different place.

The Biodiversity Offset Scheme provides:

  • a consistent biodiversity assessment process for development
  • a rigorous and credible offsetting scheme
  • an opportunity for rural property owners to generate income by managing land for conservation.

Under this scheme, property owners enter a Biodiversity Stewardship Agreement and can then sell the biodiversity credits generated by their properties. The scheme is a voluntary process.

Biodiversity Stewardship Agreements provide an opportunity for property owners to receive a guaranteed long-term income in return for managing some or all of their land for wildlife.

EOI are sought from the following Local Government Areas on the Cumberland Plain including:

  • Penrith
  • Wollondilly
  • Wingecarribee
  • Oberon
  • Liverpool
  • Camden
  • Campbelltown
  • Blacktown
  • Hawkesbury

The EOI process offers suitable property owners the opportunity to have their land assessed for its biodiversity values, free of charge.

Roads and Maritime will also support property owners financially to understand the legal and practical implications of entering a Biodiversity Stewardship Agreement over their land.

In return, Roads and Maritime will:

  • expect landholders to sign an Exclusivity Agreement with Roads and Maritime
  • retain ownership of all assessment reports prepared
  • discount the costs of preparing the assessment from the credit price.

We are seeking properties with native vegetation (including Cumberland Plain Woodland, River-flat Eucalypt Forest and freshwater wetlands) and native species (including Regent Honey Eater, Marsdenia viridiflora and Pultenaea parviflora).

Cumberland Plain woodland

Freshwater wetlands

River flat eucalyptus forest

Further information

The program will run until 19 July 2019 or until such time that Roads and Maritime has secured sufficient biodiversity offsets. EOIs will be progressed in the order that they are received.

For more information about how Roads and Maritime supports property owners to enter Biodiversity Stewardship Agreements please read - Selling biodiversity credits to Roads and Maritime Services Fact Sheet.

For more information about what’s involved in entering a Biodiversity Stewardship Agreement visit the Biodiversity Conservation Trust website.

Contact us

For more information and to lodge your EOI application please contact:

Phone: 1800 703 457

Email: wsip@rms.nsw.gov.au

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