QTFN uses a revolving fund model to acquire private properties with high ecological values.
The revolving fund provides a long-term, reusable source of funding to help protect Queensland’s biodiversity – delivering a return on capital in excess of 370% on a single acquisition.
The revolving fund acquires land of environmental significance, negotiates a Conservation Agreement (nature refuge) over some or all of the land, resells the land on the public market and then reinvests the proceeds in further strategic purchases.
The new land owners provide ongoing management and stewardship of the properties.
The QTFN revolving fund can deliver positive conservation outcomes at a fraction (about 5 per cent) of a comparable National Park acquisition.
Because of the ability to resell the land and “revolve” the funds, about 104,000 hectares have been preserved by QTFN since 2004 at a cost of just $1.32 per hectare. Single acquisitions for National Parks in Queensland generally exceed $28 per hectare.
The Trust also partners with small, local conservation groups to help them secure or top-up fundraising to purchase and protect areas of biodiversity importance.
Under this arrangement, the Trust will contribute up to 50% – 80% of a property’s market value, depending on the individual circumstances and level of community fundraising.
Lot 66 at Mission Beach is a leading example of this model in action, with QTFN financing the difference between the $270,000 local group Community for Coastal and Cassowary Conservation had raised and the negotiated purchase price for the block.
You can view the environmentally significant and Nature Refuge covenanted properties QTFN has for sale here.