Keeping farmland thriving

Managing rural land is rewarding but hard work. As people age, keeping a farm productive and managing weeds, pest animals and fire season can become especially overwhelming. At the same time, new farmers struggle to access land and expertise to get started.

We are starting a project where interested community members will work together with council to design solutions that work for our region. The aim is to improve rural land management, bolster Nillumbik’s food economy, reduce the footprint of unproductive land, and support ageing landowners to maintain and live on their rural properties.

This is a complex problem and we look forward to developing solutions together. We’ve secured funding through the Federal Government’s Smart Farms Small Grants program and will begin our design process in August, starting with conversations to hear what you think.

To stay informed click here, or call Land Management Officer Stephanie Orive on 9433 3207.