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Welcome to our Healthy Landscapes eNews

It has been great to get back out onto our local farms and witness first-hand the brilliant work that is being done to improve soils, biodiversity and water management. The question I am asking, is summer over and are we now in autumn?

What’s in this issue
Local Farmers Series

Visit our 2021 local farmers as part of our Journey in Regenerative Agriculture series on 1 and 3 April:

Aaron Demeo - Raywood at 1030am - 1230pm 1 April

Mixed enterprise with a compost trial

Paul Righetti - Yapeen at 4pm - 6pm 1 April

Chicken and beef farm

Darren Cater - Monegeetta at 2pm - 4pm 3 April

Cattle farm with a dung beetle nursery

Register here →
Discussion and farm walk this Friday at Trentham East

Hear from the property manager about their journey in regenerative agricultural grazing.


It's a welcoming environment with an opportunity to learn from each other and discuss your own property's progress.


Trentham East: Friday 18 March 530pm - 730pm

Register here →
Water Workshop this Friday

This useful workshop in Gisborne with Martin Hamilton from AgVic will help you understand:

  • how much water might be needed for your property
  • the process in locating storage tanks, troughs and pipelines
  • basic reticulation principles and design
  • options for managing farm dams.
Register here →
Are you a small scale producer?

Hepburn Shire Council is inviting producers and growers from the Hepburn Shire and broader region to complete the second Artisan Agriculture Survey. The survey will attempt to identify trends and ensure the final stages of the project continues to assist in strengthening the opportunities for producers and growers to work more collaboratively, build financial resilience and increase sector capability in navigating food and planning regulations.

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Ecological Burn webinar recording available

The key messages I took out of this presentation were:

  • Register your burn -  online or 1800 668 511
  • Plan and if not right come back another day
Recording here →
S’NO time like now, to help the Snow Gums

Ecologists have discovered that the Macedon Ranges is an epicentre for low-lying Snow Gums in Victoria (Eucalyptus pauciflora).

Council is inviting landholders across the shire to help us understand and monitor the local ecology of this iconic Eucalyptus species. Snow Gums are easy to identify due to their distinctive leaves. Download our brochure explaining how to identify a Snow Gum tree and how to share your records.


Brochure here →
MRSC Community Climate Action

If you live or work in the Gisborne or Riddells Creek area, we want to hear from you! The Council funded Cool Changes program is a community-led initiative that brings together community members to collaboratively create a Community Climate Action Plan unique to their town.

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Jason’s top paddock

If Autumn is here, what does it change with our grazing management? In the big picture, not much, it is still about monitoring recovery periods and our animals (ie. dung). It may mean they are now getting more green feed, more protein in their diet. Some of the summer grasses may start to go dormant, hence adjusting the area of grazing (which is always under review) may need to be tweaked to reflect the change in animal diet.


By Jason McAinch, Private Land Conservation Officer at Macedon Ranges Shire Council

Program partners

The Healthy Landscapes - Practical Regenerative Agricultural Communities is being delivered as a partnership between: