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Wednesday 31 January 2018

Farmers who undertake approved environmental activities can apply for a 20 percent rate discount off the general property rate for the next three years through the Mount Alexander Shire Land Management Rate.

The Land Management Rate (LMR) is available to properties rated as a farm in the 2017/2018 financial year and are more than 20 hectares (49 acres) in size, or operate a farming business.

For the first time Mount Alexander Shire Council is offering the LMR for a three year period rather than one year.

“This means that landholders can apply for the LMR for longer term projects rather than those that are completed within 12 months,” said Casey Hearps, Acting Manager Healthy Environments, Mount Alexander Shire Council.

Successful applicants must show they are planning to undertake environmental protection works on their property over the next three years.

“Many of our farmers are already responsible land managers, and the LMR offers an incentive to continue this work,” said Ms Hearps.

To be eligible for the LMR, landholders must undertake one additional activity over and above those required under state legislation.

Through the LMR Council is encouraging farmers to carry out activities such as fencing off waterways, establishing perennial pastures, protecting remanent vegetation, preventing and controlling erosion and salinity or revegetating with local native species.

“The LMR acknowledges the important work that so many rural landowners are undertaking to manage their land in an environmentally sensitive way,” said Ms Hearps.

About 50 per cent of eligible properties in the shire currently receive the LMR.

In April 2016 Council adopted the Rating Strategy 2016-2021, which increased the LMR discount from 10 percent to 20 percent.

Learn more about the LMR or apply online at www.mountalexander.vic.gov.au/lmr or phone Council on 5471 1700.

Applications close on Friday 2 March 2018.

Image: Farmers have until early March to apply for the Land Management Rate (photo by Richard Baxter).

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