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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.

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 (2020/2021) 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 LMR operates on a three year cycle. The 2020/2021 financial year is the third (and final) year of the three year LMR cycle.The current three year cycle ends on 30 June 2021. Therefore if your property was rated LMR during the 2019/2020 financial year your LMR status will roll over to the 2020/2021 financial year and you do not need to reapply at this time.

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 annually by Council officers through a pre−arranged 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 and a small number of property visits.

Like to apply for the LMR?

Applications will open in mid-December 2019 and will close on Friday 14 February 2020. All eligible properties will be contacted via post and invited to apply. If you are successful you will receive the LMR for the 2020/2021 financial year.

To apply for the LMR read through the guidelines and complete this form (coming soon) and return to the Natural Environment Officer at Mount Alexander Shire Council, PO Box 185, Castlemaine VIC 3450 or email info@mountalexander.vic.gov.au.

Please note if your property was rated LMR during the 2019/2020 financial year your LMR status will roll over to the 2020/2021 financial year and you do not need to reapply at this time.

Key documents
Land Management Rate Guidelines 2020/2021 (coming soon)
LMR application form (coming soon)

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