Ageing in rural Nillumbik- Let's talk land management

Managing rural land is rewarding but hard work. As people age, keeping land productive can be overwhelming. Through community-led approaches, we want to help ageing landowners remain on their land, and explore ways they can manage the threat of pests, weeds, and fire. Our Smart Farms- Sustaining Land, Sustaining People project is now undertaking a co-design process with community members to continue exploring community-led solutions. We will keep this page updated as the project progresses.

Workshop 1, Saturday 23 July: Community Event - Ageing in rural Nillumbik- Let's talk land management
52 Community members attended the community workshop in St Andrews, to hear from host guest speakers (below) and discuss community building, land-sharing and land management. Members shared inspiring ways people are helping community members stay on their land as they get older.

  • Smiths Gully General Store’s Lydia Heap shared how she’s using a small business to build a network of community care
  • Thanisa Adams of Wattle Gully Produce talked about her experience developing a market garden business on an established mixed livestock farm
    Dunmoochin Landcare’s Mel Nelson shared how their community works together through neighbourhood working bees and group initiatives to address land management issues such as weed control

Next steps – co-design workshops

Workshop 2, August 2022: Barriers, solutions, connections

Workshop 3, September 2022: Testing ideas

Workshop 4, November 2022: Outcomes and next steps

To stay informed click here, or call Environment Project Officer on 9433 3111

This project is supported by the Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, through funding from Australian Government’s National Landcare Program