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Bush for Birds - Expressions of Interest Open


Expressions of Interest for funding closed on Friday 18 September 2020

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By restoring the quality of remnant bushland and establishing new habitat, the Bush for Birds project is helping to address threats and reverse the long-term decline in populations of the Regent Honeyeater Anthochaera phrygia and Swift Parrot Lathamus discolor. The woodland habitat on which they depend has historically been lost due to land clearing and continues to decline with the ongoing impacts of land degradation.

By getting involved and looking after land for conservation, you can help to make a difference while improving the sustainability of your farm’s productivity! 

We are providing funding for the improvement of:

  • Remnant vegetation, such as wooded areas and scattered trees, or
  • Revegetation - planting new trees and shrubs as new woodland bird habitat.

We’re looking for sites that comprise:

  • A minimum 5 hectares of remnant vegetation, OR
  • Sites for revegetation that are minimum 1 hectare that are connected to larger remnant areas to make up at least 5 hectares, OR 
  • Sites where a combination of remnant protection and revegetation activities are proposed that make up at least 5 hectares. 

Through our partnership with Trust for Nature, applicants can access a higher rate of funding for choosing to undertake a Conservation Covenant in addition to our standard Management Agreement. Refer to the EOI Brochure for details.

Application Process:

  1. View the Information Brochure.
  2. Download the EOI Application Form. 
  3. Complete the application form electronically, attach, then email to incentives@necma.vic.gov.au  by 5pm, Friday 18 September 2020.
  4. A staff member will contact you about your application to clarify further details and determine funding eligibility. If eligible, we will arrange a site assessment of the proposed site.
  5. Your site will be scored against a set of assessment criteria and ranked against all other eligible applications. Sites for funding will be selected by an Assessment Panel.
  6. We will contact you to advise the outcome, and if successful you will be asked to enter into a 10-year Management Agreement.


For further information:

  • If you require a hardcopy version of the application form, please contact Phill using the details provided below.
  • Contact Phillip Falcke 0429 400 411.
  • Email: incentives@necma.vic.gov.au


The Bush for Birds Project is supported by the North East CMA, through funding from the Australian Government's National Landcare Program. It is a $5 million five-year project delivered by North East CMA in partnership with Trust for Nature.