Further information sources - Restoration and Rehabiliation Program

Technical expertise and in-kind support available

The Trust strongly recommends that you consult with government agencies and non-government organisations that may be able to assist you with your application in terms of technical expertise or in-kind support.

  • Your local council may be able to provide you with information about relevant plans, reports and strategies as well as successful environmental projects in your district.
  • Local Land Services (LLSs) are a particularly useful source of information regarding natural resource management priorities. Each LLS has staff specifically designated to assist the community and local government in obtaining funds and linking with broader regional programs. LLS region mapping and contact details are available on their website.
  • The Environmental Trust (the Trust) can provide technical advice on ecological restoration project planning, methodologies and monitoring. Call us on (02) 8837 6093 for to speak with our staff.

Bush restoration projects

The Environmental Trust funds many projects which rehabilitate degraded bushland. To ensure the best environmental outcomes, projects should adhere to these general principles:

  • ensure the capacity of the grantee group (including any contractors) is adequate to undertake the scale of works proposed. Only plan to carry out primary work on areas that will receive adequate follow-up as part of the same project;
  • allow sufficient time for natural regeneration from the existing seed bank where possible. Seed collection, propagation and planting should not be undertaken as a matter of course. If you plan to undertake revegetation, you must justify the need to plant rather than allowing natural regeneration to occur (see below);
  • comply with any relevant sections of existing regional/local plans of management, environmental studies or assessments;
  • establish appropriate methods for monitoring the success/progress of a project from the outset. This includes capture of adequate baseline information. Refer to the Environmental Trust’s Guide for Monitoring Ecological Restoration Project;
  • determine a strategy to ensure long-term maintenance of the site(s)  subsequent to the funding.

Expectations for bush regeneration teams

Bush regeneration contractors and their teams must possess suitable qualifications, licenses and experience in line with industry standards as part of their appointment to any Trust funded project. As a general guide, bush regeneration team supervisors would be expected to be qualified at a Certificate III or higher level in Conservation and Land Management (CALM). Regenerators should be qualified at a Certificate II or higher level and trainees should at least be enrolled in Certificate II. All regenerators are trained in First Aid and Chemical Application (AQIS III) as part of Certificate II and licenses must be updated through a refresher course every three years.

Contractors should be sought from within your local area and transportation costs are generally included in the agreed hourly rate. The current industry standard rate for bush regeneration is $35-$50 per hour (including on-costs). Some projects will present exceptional circumstances where additional travel costs, materials or specific skills (e.g. rope work) are required. Sufficient detail must be included in the application budget when requesting funding for such items.

Expectations for revegetation

As previously outlined, it is preferable that you allow sufficient time for natural regeneration from the existing seed bank where possible. However if you can justify the need to revegetate you should adhere to the following principles:

  • ensure appropriate sourcing of plants and/or seed stock to maintain genetic diversity;
  • plant at an adequate spacing and diversity to match that of the reference community;
  • allow for approximately 80 plants per 7 hour day to be planted by a qualified regenerator (this includes preparation time, planting and watering);
  • estimate $3 per tube-stock (including stakes and sleeve) if purchasing from a native nursery;
  • if planting in riparian areas, consider use of long-stem plantings. 

Threatened species/endangered ecological communities

A number of applications focus on threatened species/endangered ecological communities issues. If your grant application is to rehabilitate or restore habitats relating to either or both issues, you will need a licence from the OEH. All projects that have a threatened species component should be discussed with the relevant threatened species staff at OEH prior to being submitted.
Note: Some licence applications can take considerable time to process. You should discuss potential timeframes with the OEH officer. Confirmation of your discussions including the name of the officer you consulted with will be required in your application.
OEH is revitalising threatened species management through a new program, 'Saving our Species (SOS)'. You will be able to use SOS to identify the type of management required for every threatened species in NSW. For further information please contact the OEH Environment Line 131 555 or visit the OEH Saving our Species website.


Page last updated: 28 August 2015