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Landholder story: A sustainable choice for the environment and the family

The opportunity to turn parts of the farm into biodiversity sites allowed these landholders to preserve native bushland and manage their property the way they’ve always wanted.


Set in the Sydney Basin, approximately 15 km south-west of Camden and located near the township of The Oaks, the lush Craigend biodiversity stewardship site is part of a larger property used for grazing livestock.

The property, which has been in the Inglis family for 5 generations, has areas of remnant bushland, the bulk of which occurs along the beautiful Werriberri Creek.

When the landholders moved towards retirement age, they stopped dairy farming and leased out their paddocks and infrastructure to a local dairy farmer. They searched for a more sustainable approach to their life on the property and aimed to restore the main house, a historic ironbark slab cottage, and farm buildings.

Two biodiversity sites now cover 72 hectares of remnant native bushland which will be preserved in perpetuity.

The first site has been in active management for a number of years now. The sale of credits from the second site, established under a Biodiversity Stewardship Agreement, will give the family the capital to maintain the farm well into the future.

The landholder says, ‘The opportunity to turn parts of the farm into biodiversity sites has allowed us to manage the land and bush the way we’ve always wanted.’


Craigend Biodiversity Stewardship Agreement site