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Land management rate

Mount Alexander Shire Council is working to ensure that priority natural environment assets within the shire are protected and are improving in ecological condition.

As part of our Environment Strategy we are also committed to supporting landowners to understand and appreciate their obligations and responsibilities for land, water and biodiversity. The Land Management Rate (LMR) is a rate available to eligible landholders who commit to undertake environmental protection works on their property. Along with the Trust for Nature Rebate it is one of the ways Council supports landowners who protect the natural environment for the benefit of the broader community.

For the 2017/18 financial year 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 2016/17 financial year and are over 20 hectares (49 acres) in size, or b) operate a farm business.
  • Granted to landowners for 12 months if they have satisfactorily undertaken at least one land management activity over the previous 12 months, such as the prevention and control of erosion and salinity, or revegetation (with local native species).
  • 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.

Applications closed on Friday 3 March 2017. Late applications will not be accepted. Please also note that it is the responsibility of the land owner to apply for the LMR each year.

If you have questions about the Land Management Rate Application please contact Council on (03) 5471 1700.

Council undertakes sample inspections of properties registered for the LMR to ensure the program is being as effective as possible.

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