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 Environment Department is responsible for the administration of various programs, projects and schemes to ensure best management of these resources:
- Conservation Covenant Grant Program
- Undertaking weed control and revegetation projects on Council managed land
- Management of Council's bushland reserves, in collaboration with community groups
- Liaising with community groups on land management issues
- Overseeing the implementation of Council's Environment Strategy.
The Environment Unit also provides environmental advice to other departments within Council as well as to community members and groups.
Environmental Publications and Information Kits
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.
Council's Environment Unit can send out personalised environmental information kits. Either pick up a "Request for Environmental Information" card at one of Council's Customer Service and Library Centres or fill in the form at http://engagingmitchellshire.com/request-environmental-information. You can chose which information you would like including native vegetation, weeds and local environmental community groups.
Sustainable Gardening in Mitchell and Strathbogie Shires is a great little booklet that provides information to assist gardeners to make sustainable decisions when it comes to the establishment and maintenance of a garden
To request a hardcopy of any of the above publications, please e-mail Council on firstname.lastname@example.org and please remember to list your property and postal address. A digital copy is available below.
'Caring for Country'
A sustainable land management guide for rural living in north central Victoria
Crops, pastures, horses, salinity, revegetation...there are so many possibilities and potential obstacles associated with owning your own property that it can be overwhelming to know where to begin.
The latest edition of the Caring for Country land management guide aims to assist new and existing land managers, particularly those in the rural living zone, to protect the health of their land and the broader environment. It provides a starting point for information on a variety of topics related to sustainable land management. It will help you care for your land - your soil, biodiversity, waterways, plants and animal life - so that it will be in better shape for the next generation.
Hard copies of the guide are available free of charge to landholders in north central Victoria by emailing email@example.com.
An interactive online version is also available.
Mitchell Environment Strategy
The Mitchell Environment Strategy has been prepared to guide Council in its role as a custodian of Mitchell Shire’s natural environment. The strategy demonstrates how Council can act, inform, guide and lead over the next decade to conserve Mitchell Shire’s natural environment for the present and future.
Download the Mitchell Environment Strategy 2014-2024 (PDF, 2MB)
Hardcopies are also available to view at Customer and Library Service Centres.
For more information contact Council's Environmental Programs Coordinator on (03) 5734 6200.
As part of Council's commitment to not apply for a rate cap exemption, the Mitchell Shire Environmental Grants Program will not operate in the 2016/2017 year.
Grants that have been approved for the 2015/2016 year will still be processed as per the grant conditions.
If you have any queries about your application or the Grant Program please contact our Environment Team on 03 5734 6200 or firstname.lastname@example.org