Council lands Premier’s Awards

Jason McAinch served as the director of council's 'Healthy Landscapes for Healthy Livestock' project. (Damjan Janevski)

Macedon Ranges council has been awarded the Premiers Choice Regional Recognition Award at the 2021 Premier’s Sustainability Awards.

The project was developed to improve land management outcomes across the shire area, with specified advice for landowners to address issues around grazing, weed invasion, and loss of native grasslands.

The quality of the series were recognised internally too, with 100 per cent of the 110 surveyed participants indicating they’d made positive land management decisions following the experience.

Macedon Ranges council mayor Jennifer Anderson said it was a credit to all landowners who were seeking to implement regenerative agriculture practices.

“Council supports increasing sustainable farming practices and we value the landowner’s commitment to making a positive change to improve soil, water and biodiversity while maintaining a productive property,” Cr Anderson said.

“We know many of our landholders already farm sustainably, often using regenerative agricultural practices, but this program allows those with little or no knowledge in the area to gain a greater understanding of how to look holistically at the health of their land for both improved productivity and environmental outcomes.”

The program has been extended for another 12 months.


Oliver Lees