Eastern Mount Lofty Ranges BushBids

This project is now complete.

BushBids in the Eastern Mount Lofty Ranges has completed its auction rounds.

What was Eastern Mount Lofty Ranges BushBids?

Natural Resources SA Murray-Darling Basin, together with land managers, is aiming to maintain and enhance the biodiversity values of the region. Eastern Mount Lofty Ranges (EMLR) BushBids is a conservation stewardship program that assists land managers to undertake management activities that protect, enhance and re-establish native vegetation in the area.

What was funded?

The project ran two tender rounds in 2005 and 2006, with successful landholders currently contracted to undertake action from 2006 until 2016. The project includes 70 sites across 39 properties throughout the EMLR region. A range of native vegetation management is being undertaken at these sites, including weed and feral animal control, grazing pressure reduction, track closure and revegetation. BushBids sites are protected and managed for a 10 year period under management agreements. The EMLR BushBids project received two prominent South Australian awards:

  • South Australian Spatial Excellence Award (2007)
  • South Australian Landcare Award (Finalist - 2007)

How did the tender process work?

Land managers set their own price for the conservation management services they were prepared to undertake to protect and improve their native vegetation, such as:

  • fencing
  • grazing pressure reduction
  • pest animal and plant control or buffering.

Successful tenders were those that offered the best biodiversity value for money.

Related links

Lead agency

Natural Resources SA Murray-Darling Basin


Australian Government; O’Connor NRM Pty Ltd.

Funding partners

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More information

  • Natural Resources SA Murray-Darling Basin
    Mannum Road, Murray Bridge SA 5253
    08 8532 9100