Sustainable Land Management

Healthy Landscapes for Healthy Livestock

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

As part of the Biodiversity Strategy, we have been able with the support of a Commonwealth Government National Landcare Program grant, employ a Private Land Conservation Officer to work with private landholders.

The project officer provides services such as one-on-one farm advice, and information through education events such as workshops, seminars, courses, land manger discussion groups and resources.

As a result of being involved in the project, land managers in the shire and Upper Coliban Catchment will have enhanced their capacity to implement sustainable land management practices, including regenerative grazing techniques, which improve soil health, reduce exposure to climate risks and enhance biodiversity. Land managers will improve the wellbeing of their land, stock and themselves.

The one on one advisory service will help by establishing a clear plans for:

  • New land managers, by assisting the setting up your new property and refer you to the current best regenerative grazing practices.
  • Established land managers, by assisting in the adjustment of current practices to incorporate techniques that improve soil health, improve pasture productivity and reduce exposure to climate and other risks.
  • Livestock managers, by making changes on the property to improve the wellbeing of your stock and improve the pasture/grasslands on the property.

Farm Advisory Service

Our free 1:1 advisory service offers an on-farm visit focused on giving practical options that are tailored to your situation. The service supports farming decisions that:

  • improves your grazing
  • improves productivity
  • improves soil health
  • improves biodiversity
  • improves waterway health

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

Events and Workshops

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(DOCX, 2MB) 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.


Understanding Your Farm Soil Webinar Series

This webinar series covers soil biology testing, soil carbon and organic matter. 


Managing your pastures in a changing climate 

World renowned farmer, Colin Seis shares how to establish and maintain flourishing pastures while improving soil health in an ever-changing climate.

Part 1


Part 2


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).

Equine Course

Equiculture Course

Do you want to improve the health of your horse and your land? 

Macedon Ranges Shire Council and Melbourne Water are offering a $100 discount on an online equiculture course from renowned equine experts, Jane and Stuart Myers. The discount is available to land owners in the Macedon Ranges.

Equiculture – short for equine permaculture – is a holistic horse property management program that promotes sustainable farm and pasture management techniques designed with your horse’s welfare and natural behaviour in mind.

The program is delivered digitally, with participants able to learn at their own pace. Fifteen modules teach participants all about healthy soil and pasture, managing weeds, mud and erosion, property design and layouts as well as managing optimal equine health.

To get your discount code, you must send your expression of interest to and receive confirmation code. The discount code is required at the point of registering for the equiculture course. Discount code will not be given out retrospectively.

Places are limited and are given out on a first in basis.

Fill out the expression of interest form now

Completion of the Equiculture course can also be incorporated into the Pony Club Australia K or C* certificates. Visit the Equiculture webpage to find out more.