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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 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.

Applied to receive the LMR for the 2018-2019 financial year? What's next?

Thank you for submitting your application to receive the Land Management Rate (LMR). Applications to receive the LMR for the 2018 – 2019 financial year have now closed.

In total Council received 466 LMR applications for the 2018 – 2019 financial year. All applications have now been processed and are finalised. Landholders who applied to receive the LMR should next expect to receive notification that their application for the LMR has been successful when they receive their 2018 – 2019 rates notices. Rates notices are due to be sent out in August 2018. The LMR rate will appear on the rates notice for each property where the LMR has been applied.

All successful applications received as part of the 2018 – 2019 financial year will be automatically rolled over to the 2019 – 2020 financial year and then again to the 2020 – 2021 financial years. So if you applied to receive the LMR for the 2018 – 2019 financial year you do not have to reapply to receive the LMR for the same properties again until the 2021 – 2122 financial year. At this point in time you will be contacted by Council inviting you to reapply. Of course, if you have other properties which you didn’t apply to receive the LMR during the 2018 – 2019 financial year, but wish to, you can do so when you are notified of eligibility in January 2019.

How does the three year cycle work?

The LMR cycle one will commence at the beginning of financial year 2018-2019, and end on 30 June 2021. Landholders who apply in the midst of the three-year cycle will be able to participate in the next financial year/s until 30 June 2021.

How will the Program be implemented and monitored?

Landholders participating in the LMR are required to provide a triennial report on progress/actions through a standard template and appropriate attachments. Please watch this space for further details on what these templates and attachments will look like.
For example, the triennial report will need to include an initial or updated property management/farm plan together with accompanying evidence. Certified organic/biodynamic properties can provide a current copy of relevant certification documentation as evidence of works additional to their duty of care.

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.

Didn’t Apply for the LMR for the 2018 – 2019 financial year, but still want to receive the LMR?

Due to Council’s yearly budgeting cycle late applications can’t be received. Therefore you will have to wait until all eligible properties are contacted in January 2019 to apply for the LMR. If you apply in January 2019 for the 2019 – 2020 financial year you will automatically receive the LMR for the next two financial years, bringing you into line with the three year cycle. Again if you miss applying in January 2019 you will have to wait until January 2020 to apply for the LMR. Applying in January 2020 will result in you receiving the LMR for the next financial year, 2020 – 2021 only thus bringing you into line with the three year cycle.

Key documents
Land Management Rate Guidelines 2018/2019

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