Mitchell Shire has many significant environmental and bushland reserves that hold specific environmental value.
Mitchell Shire has developed a program to enhance and preserve the environmental value of reserves throughout the Shire and raise community awareness of their value and how best to protect them.
Some of Council's significant environmental reserves are listed below:
- Catherine Court Reserve, Broadford
- Beveridge Spring, Beveridge
- Boulton Flora Reserve, Tallarook
- Colin Officer Flora Reserve, Broadford
- Fleming Drive Flora Reserve, Broadford
- Green's Pinch reserve and Hamilton's Creek, Kilmore
- High Camp Flora Reserve, High Camp
- Kilmore Hospital Reservoir
- Monument Hill Reserve, Kilmore
- Seymour Bushland Park, Seymour
- Tallarook Arboretum
- Taylors Creek Linear Reserve, Wallan
There are many local community groups and individuals who are passionate about these reserves and their input and actions cannot be underestimated. The Seymour Bushland Park and the Colin Officer Flora Reserve in Broadford both have a Conservation Covenant through Trust for Nature on title, this means that they are protected for their environmental values forever. These were two of the first municipal conservation covenants in the Goulburn Broken Catchment.
Management actions undertaken in environmental reserves include:
- Weed control
- Rabbit control
- Erosion control
- Interpretive signage
- Rubbish removal
- Flora and fauna surveys
In many areas of Australia native vegetation has been extensively cleared. Roadsides are now often the only place where native indigenous vegetation remains, providing homes for rare and significant plant and animal species, such as the endangered squirrel glider. The conversation and protection of these areas is important.
To assist in managing the values and uses of our rural roadsides and ensuring compliance with legislative requirements, Council has developed a Mitchell Shire Rural Roadside Environmental Management Plan (RREMP).
The RREMP recognises that the primary purpose of a road is to provide safe access and egress and aims to balance the demands on rural roadsides for public safety, farming practices, conservation, fire risk and the provision of utility services.
A permit is required for grazing and works on roadside reserves
For enquiries phone Council on (03) 5734 6200
Mitchell Shire Council has collated and commissioned roadside vegetation surveys for the majority of Council managed roads. If you would like a copy of a specific roadside/s please contact Council on firstname.lastname@example.org
Monument Hill Management Plan
The Monument Hill Reserve is a 76ha bushland reserve that overlooks the township of Kilmore. The reserve is Crown Land for which Mitchell Shire Council is the Committee of Management.
Council’s objective for the Reserve is to protect its flora and fauna and provide a space for passive recreation and education. The Monument Hill Management Plan details how the Reserve will be managed for the next decade and details key issues, objectives and actions to assist Council in the future maintenance and management of the reserve. Council established a Monument Hill Working Group with representatives from Council, the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, CFA and local community members. The groups purpose is to facilitate the implementation of the Monument Hill Management Plan.