Riverbend BushBids

Lock 3 to Swan Reach

What is River Bend BushBids?

Natural Resources SA Murray-Darling Basin, together with land managers, is aiming to maintain and enhance the biodiversity values of the Murray River corridor. River Bend BushBids was a conservation stewardship program that assisted land managers to undertake management activities that protect, enhance and re-establish native vegetation in the area.

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.

This price forms the basis of a tender, and was compared against tenders from all other participating land managers. Successful tenders are those that offer the best value for money.

Tender Results

River Bend BushBids used a single-sealed bid reverse auction to allocate payments to managers of remnant vegetation on privately managed land. The program successfully established conservation agreements over 5,757 ha of native vegetation on private land in the northern Murray Plains, Northern Mallee and the southern Rangelands of the South Australian Murray-Darling Basin region. River Bend BushBids followed the conservation tender methodology of previous successful BushBids programs. The project greatly exceeded initial targets, with:

  • More than two and a half times the expected area contracted for conservation management,
  • Two and a half times the expected area of new sites assessed for ecological values, mapped and supplied with management plans, and
  • More than three times the number of management plans produced than originally expected.

 River Bends BushBids Project Final Report.pdf

Related links

Lead agency

Natural Resources SA Murray-Darling Basin


Australian Government; Native Vegetation Council of South Australia; O’Connor NRM Pty Ltd

Funding partners

Australian Government - Caring for Country logo
Native Vegetation Council logo


More information

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