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Actions and Effort - Adapt to land-use change

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*Progress rating is an indictaive qualitative assessment, these wil be further refined through data analysis, stakeholder and community consultation.

Strategic priority: Capture opportuntites from land development



RCS Actions



Case Studies

Plan land-use to minimise loss of biodiversity Work with Murrindindi and Mitchell Councils to identify high value habitat assets and connectivity pathways to inform planning (RCS) (CMA/DEPI)
This is supported by Biodiversity Action 1 of the Mitchell Shire Environment Strategy (2014)
Assist local government to develop and apply appropriate planning tools for all council plans and strategies (e.g. Municipal Strategic Statement review, policies, & overlays) to increase the protection and reduce risks to biodiversity (e.g., matching land use intensity to land characteristics) (BS 2010) (WS) (CMA/DEPI) GB CMA participation in Murrindindi Environmental Advisory Committee to share information, discuss and provide comment to local council around natural resource management.
Undertake “rural area strategies” to detail planning controls that will provide direction for appropriate use and development of rural areas (WS) (Local Government) This is supported by Rural land use and management action 5 of the Mitchell Shire Environment Strategy (2015)
Plan land-use to minimise loss of biodiversity Primarily in the Box-Ironbark Forest areas, possible interventions: alternative firewood plantations, large tree protection, encouragement of natural regeneration, ecological thinning, native herbivore management, provision of permanent artificial hollows, reinstatement of understorey (including targeted seed collection programs). Also, seek historical data and monitoring results from the large natural reference area of Puckapunyal
Strategic Land use planning for native vegetation off setting – Local Government over the counter Native Vegetation off setting program   
Manage wastewater treatment and stormwater runoff to minimise pollutants to urban waterways and wetlands Continue to implement, review and evaluate urban Stormwater Management plan and programs. Continue to implement and improve water sensitive urban design (WS)
Manage public land to minimise loss of biodiversity Work with all land managers, including Parks Victoria, DEPI, local government and private landholders adjacent to public land to better manage the Puckapunyal public/private land interface (modified RCS)  
Promote broader community awareness and acceptance of practices to protect and improve the condition of natural assets Promote land management practises that protect water quality and yield (RWS) Mitchell Shire Council Land Management Policy addresses land degradation problems; pest plants and animals, salinity, erosion, and loss of native flora and fauna. Eligible landholders receive rate reductions for land management practices that arrests land degradation that has off-site and downstream effects (RCS)
  Pest Plant and Animal Control e.g. including  Gorse & Carp (CNRMAP 2013)  

Promoted awareness and involvement in carp management at the Hughes Creek Fish Circus in Avenel this year.

Hughes Creek Fish Circus Clip 

Promote land-use capability assessments and implementation, including use and management of water Promote Whole Farm Planning program (RCS)  

Mitchell Shire Council distributes information on biodiversity, native vegetation, weeds and sustainability through the Rural
Landholders Kit and New Residents Kit. The
Kit is sent to all new landholders >2ha (RCS)

Support and promote projects that work with landholders to achieve greater awareness and uptake of best practise e.g. Equine Landcare (CNRMAP 2013)

Strategic priority: Plan for and manage floods



RCS Actions



Case Studies

Understand more about the nature of flooding to manage its impact on the natural and built environments Learn from historic events and respect local knowledge (WS)

GB CMA undertake flood studies across the catchment to help inform decisions and identify risk. A study was recently completed for Flowerdale, while investigations are presently underway for Buxton and Kilmore townships.

King Parrot Creek Design Flow Estimates Report