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Protecting our natural environment

Managing environmental reserves and waterways

Mitchell Environment Strategy

This 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.

Read our Mitchell Environment Strategy 2014-2024 below

Mitchell Shire is fortunate to have many significant environmental and bushland reserves with specific environmental, recreational and social values.

We work to enhance and preserve the environmental value of these reserves and waterways and to raise community awareness of their value and how best to protect them.

Some of Council's significant environmental reserves include:

  • 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

The Seymour Bushland Park and the Colin Officer Flora Reserve in Broadford both have a Conservation Covenant through Trust for Nature on title, which means that they are protected for their environmental values forever.

Protecting Our Environmental Reserves

Our work includes:

  • weed control
  • revegetation
  • fencing
  • rabbit control
  • erosion control
  • interpretive signage
  • rubbish removal
  • flora and fauna surveys

Get Involved - Join a Community Group

We are assisted in our work by local community groups, especially the Seymour Bushland Park Committee of Management and the Broadford Land Management Group, as well as individuals. All are passionate about these reserves and make a valuable contribution to the preservation and management of our natural spaces.

Roadsides and Native Indigenous Vegetation

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.

Mitchell Shire Council has collated and commissioned roadside vegetation surveys for most Council managed roads. If you would information about a specific roadside please contact Council.

Rural Roadside Environmental Management Plan

To assist in managing the values and uses of our rural roadsides and ensuring compliance with legislative requirements, Council has developed a Rural Roadside Environmental Management Plan 2016-2026 (download below).

The Rural Roadside Environmental Management Plan 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.

Monument Hill Reserve, Kilmore Management Plan

The Monument Hill Reserve is a 76-hectare bushland reserve that overlooks the township of Kilmore. The reserve is Crown Land and Mitchell Shire Council is the Committee of Management.

Our objective for the reserve is to protect its flora and fauna and provide a space for passive recreation and education. The Monument Hill Reserve Management Plan explains how the reserve will be managed for the next 10 years, and key issues, objectives and actions to assist Council in the future maintenance and management of the reserve.

Council established a Monument Hill Reserve Working Group to implement the Monument Hill Reserve Management Plan. The group comprises representatives from Council, the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, CFA and local community members.

Read the Monument Hill Reserve Management Plan 2014 below.

Waterways

We work with the community and government agencies to protect and enhance our waterways.