Environment

Information and resources on the management of the natural landscape in Mitchell




 

Environment

From the orchids of Old Sydney Road, Wallan to the magnificent River Red Gums of the Goulburn River, Mitchell Shire has valuable natural resources that must be protected now and into the future, so they can be enjoyed by future generations.

The geography of the Mitchell Region affords the area an abundance of environmental resources including a diverse range of flora and fauna, as well as waterways and bushland areas.

Mitchell Shire Council is committed to protecting these natural resources and Council's Environmental Programs Department is responsible for the administration of various programs, projects and schemes to ensure best management of these resources:

  • Land Management Rebate Scheme
  • Conservation Covenant Grant Program
  • Undertaking weed control and revegetation projects
  • Stormwater quality, water and energy efficiency programs
  • Assisting with the management of Council's bushland reserves
  • Liaising with community groups on land management issues
  • Overseeing the implementation of Council's Sustainable Resource Use Strategy.

The Environmental Programs Department is also available to provide advice to other departments within Council as well as to community members and groups.


Environmental Publications and Information Kits

The Mitchell Shire Land Management Information Directory lists over one hundred private contractors and public agencies providing local farming and land management services throughout the Mitchell Shire.

The Central Victorian Weed Guide is a comprehensive weed identification and control guide jointly produced by the Environment Officers at Mitchell Shire, Macedon Ranges and Mount Alexander Shire Councils. .

The Environment Department also sends out New Rural Landholder Kits every six months to properties over 2Ha in size. The kit includes information on native vegetation, weeds, local environmental community groups and fire prevention as well as environmental contacts.

To request a copy of any of the above publications, or be placed on the e-mailing list for the newsletter, please e-mail Council on mitchell@mitchellshire.vic.gov.au.

For a hard copy, please remember to list your property and postal address.


Mitchell Shire Environment Strategy Review

The process for the review of the Mitchell Environment Strategy has included a variety of public consultation methods, including;

  • An invitation to register interest in being involved in the development of the Environment Strategy in the spring edition 2013 of ‘Mitchell News’
  • A community survey
    - Available on Council website;
    - E-mailed to Councils community group database; and
    - Mailed to 300 randomly chosen landholders.

    A total of 86 surveys were received.
  • Three (3) community workshops (one in each ward) held in November/December 2013. 
  • An agency stakeholder workshop
  • Two (2) information sessions with the Mitchell Environment Advisory Committee
  • A staff briefing session

In accordance with Council’s Community Engagement Strategy (2011), a summary of the consultation has been developed.

Download the Final Consultation Issues Paper (PDF, 577K)


Waratah and Landcare Fencing Day

Waratah Fencing and Landcare would like to invite you to participate in 'on-farm' interactive fencing training sessions on Tuesday 1 April 2014.

There are two sessions - Bylands and Darraweit Guim.

Please RSVP by Friday 28 March 2014 to Kirsty Skilbeck, Landcare Facilitator, Upper Deep Creek Landcare Network udc.landcare.facilitator@gmail.com / mobile: 0408 535 927 identifying which location you'll be attending.

This event is available to people unaffected by fire in the area, but has been initiated to help people on fire-affected properties with their fencing requirements.

Download the Waratah & Landcare Fencing Day Flyer (PDF, 830K) for locations and times.

For Further information on recovery projects for landholders after the recent fires visit our Fire-affected Landholders page.

Or follow the Mitchell Shire Fire Information Facebook page.