Sustainable Land Management

Healthy Landscapes for Healthy Livestock

Healthy Landscapes for Healthy Livestock and Productive Farms in the Macedon Ranges

Private land biodiversity conservation is recognised as one of the most important conservation needs in Australia. This is the case in the Macedon Ranges Shire where 87 per cent of the land is privately owned. Of this private land, some 17 per cent supports native vegetation to be of high quality. It includes pockets of indigenous grassland, large areas of bushland, corridors of vegetation and paddock trees. Significantly, 248 landholders covering some 3,495 ha have shown their commitment to biodiversity by registering their property with Land for Wildlife. A further 20 properties have Trust for Nature covenants covering 360 ha. The locations of these properties are shown in our Biodiversity Strategy, page 93, figure 33. Many more landholders have been involved in on-ground projects such as the NCCMA’s Kyneton Woodlands and Campaspe River enhancement programs, Melbourne Water’s Stream Frontage Management Program and local Landcare projects.

As part of the Biodiversity Strategy, we have a Private Land Conservation Officer who will work with private landholders. 

Farm Advisory Service

If you need support with grazing your livestock, are new to farming or have been doing it for generations, our free 1:1 advisory service offers an on-farm visit to support farming decisions that:

  • gives practical options
  • improves your grazing
  • improves productivity
  • improves soil health
  • improves biodiversity
  • improves waterway health.

The program also supports farmer discussion groups and education events.

To book an appointment, call Jason McAinch on 0455 210 436 or email

Current workshops

Regenerative grazing short course

The Regenerative grazing short course(DOCX, 1MB) / Regenerative grazing short course(PDF, 187KB) will be delivered by regenerative graziers Graeme Hand and Colin Seis over three sessions in spring, summer and autumn. The course is limited to a maximum of 20 farms. This course is being supported by funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Grant program and is being offered at the discounted rate of $400 (usually $1,500). Participants will also need to establish a regenerative grazing trial on their property.

Applications are now open for the Regenerative grazing short course for 2020/2021. The course dates will be:

  • Friday 11 September 2020, 9am-4pm
  • Friday 27 November 2020, 9am-4pm
  • Friday 26 March 2021, 9am-4pm

If you're interested in attending, please fill out an Expression of Interest form(PDF, 128KB) / Expression of Interest form(DOCX, 322KB) and submit it to If you have any questions, please contact the Environment team on (03) 5422 0333.

Moveable electric strip fencing demonstration

Come along to our free practical demonstration on Monday 16 March from 10am to 12pm.

This demonstration will be delivered in partnership with Gallagher and part-funded by National Landcare Program.

Book your spot

Managing your stock water and farm dams

This free workshop will be held on Monday 23 March from 9.30am to 2.30pm.

It will be delivered in partnership with Agriculture Victoria and part-funded by National Landcare Program.

Book your spot

Managing your pastures in a changing climate

World renowned farmer Colin Seis will share how to establish and maintain flourishing pastures while improving soil health in an ever changing climate at this free workshop on Monday 30 March from 7.30pm to 9pm.

Book your spot

Caring for Country resource

'Caring for Country' is a guide to sustainable land management aimed at landholders who want to better manage their land. It includes an introduction to our indigenous heritage, the value of biodiversity and the importance of being a good neighbour.

The guide offers practical information including links to organisations and agencies that can help landholders to build their knowledge of sustainable farming practices. With more information at hand, landowners can make better decisions to ensure their land is economically and environmentally sustainable.

Download Caring For Country(PDF, 6MB), or request a copy at a Customer Service Centre or by calling (03) 5422 0333.

Property Management Plans

If you are constructing a dwelling on land that falls within a Farming Zone or Rural Conservation Zone, you may need to prepare a Property Management Plan(DOC, 1MB) as part of your Planning Permit Application. 

For resources on development of a Property Management Plan, visit the Victorian Landcare Gateway

Contact us on (03) 5422 0333 for further information or for assistance with the preparation of your plan.