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Land management rate

The objective of the Land Management Rate Program (LMRP) 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 for each of three financial years, initially 2018/2019 to 2020/2021.

For the 2018/19 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 2017/2018 financial year and are over 20 hectares (49 acres) in size, or
b) operate a farm business.
- Granted to landowners for three (3) years if they are planning to undertake environmental protection works on their property over the next three years.

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.

Applications for 2018/19 closed on Friday 2 March 2018.

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.

Key documents
Land Management Rate Guidelines 2018/2019

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