Heritage agreement sites
The Native Vegetation Heritage Agreement is a conservation area on private land established between the landholder and the Minister for Climate, Environment and Water on recommendation of the Native Vegetation Council (NVC), which contributes to protecting and/or restoring indigenous biodiversity. Landholders are supported to maintain and enhance their properties which is critical to building the ecological resilience to climate change. More information can be found at Department for Environment and Water - Heritage Agreements
The Barossa Council has two sites under the Heritage Agreement Scheme: Altona CSR Landcare Reserve and Tanunda Native Pine Woodland. A third site in Eden Valley has been approved by the Native Vegetation Council and is awaiting endorsement from the Minister: Jutland Water Reserve
Altona CSR Landcare Reserve
In 2005 the Altona CSR Landcare Reserve was nominated for Heritage listing. Volunteers from the Williamstown and Lyndoch Landcare Group have spent over 20 years working hard to manage the site for conservation. The site contains several walking trails to explore the Reserve.
Tanunda Native Pine Woodland
The Native Vegetation Council (NVC) granted this Council Reserve Heritage listing in 1999. This site comprises 40-50 native species of which eight have a conservation rating for the region. At present, Trees for Life (Bush for Life) volunteer teams manage the site and this is supported by Council. Furthermore, the Tanunda Woodlands Volunteer Group manages The Tanunda Urban Forest Project buffers the core Native Pine woodland and enables the local schools and wider community to view the landscape through a climate lens, thereby promoting the local cooling effect of greenspace and woody vegetation.
Jutland Water Reserve
The Jutland Water Reserve forms part of the Marne River catchment and covers an area of 4.3ha. This small parcel has several regional threatened plant species and one with state conservation rating, and provides critical habitat for native fish, several species of amphibians, the State listed Rare Diamond Fire-Tail Finch, Rainbow Bee-eater and the Brown Tree Creeper.