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Land management rate

The objective of the Land Management Rate Program is to support and encourage responsible land management that improves the condition of the natural environment on privately owned land across Mount Alexander Shire.

Successful applicants will receive the Land Management Rate (LMR) which is an incentive consisting of a 20% reduction off the general property rate.

The LMR is:

- A 20% discount on the General Farm rate
- Eligible for private properties within the shire that:
a) were rated as a farm in the previous financial year to which you are applying and are over 20 hectares (49 acres) in size, or
b) operate a farm business.
- Granted to landowners for the next financial year (2021/2022) if they are planning to undertake environmental protection works on their property over the financial year.

Please note the LMR does not cover other municipal charges. All program participants are required to pay full municipal charges and, where applicable, waste charges.

Each and every landowner in the shire has statutory obligations under the Catchment and Land Protection (CaLP) Act 1994 to control specific noxious weeds on their land. This includes weeds such as Wheel Cactus, Blackberry, Gorse, Paterson’s Curse, Cape Broom, St Johns Wort and Sweet Briar Rose. The LMR will not be awarded to property owners who have these weeds, and are not actively working to control them.

How does the three year cycle work?

The Land Management Rate Program operates on a three year cycle.

The current three-year cycle of the program ends on 30 June 2021. However, as Council will soon review its Rating Strategy, which will include a review of the Land Management Rate program, any property that has received the LMR during the last two financial years, will have its LMR status rolled over to 2021/2022 automatically. As a result, you will not need to reapply for your LMR status for the 2021/2022 year.

Public consultation on the review of the Rating Strategy will be undertaken, and any feedback you provide on the LMR program will be welcomed for consideration. If, on adoption of the new Rating Strategy for the 2022/2023 year, any change is made to the LMR program, you will be advised in due course.

How will the program be implemented and monitored?

Landholders participating in the LMR are required to provide a report on progress/actions through a standard template and appropriate attachments. These templates are currently being developed.

To ensure that landholders receiving this rate are acting in accordance with the objectives of the program and actively undertaking their proposed actions:
- A small number of randomly selected property visits will be conducted by Council officers through a prearranged schedule with landholders.

- An audit of the program will be undertaken once every three years to evaluate its effectiveness and efficiency. This audit will include a survey of recipients.

Like to apply for the LMR?

Applications are now currently closed.

To find out applying for the LMR, read through the guidelines and complete the online form (see Key Documents below) or return hard copy application forms to the Natural Environment Officer at Mount Alexander Shire Council, PO Box 185, Castlemaine VIC 3450 or email

Please note, if your property was rated as LMR during the last two financial years, your LMR status will automatically roll over to 2021/2022 and you do not need to reapply at this time.

Key Documents

Land Management Rate Guidelines 2021-2022

Land Management Rate Application Form 2021-2022

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