Caring for your land

Care for local waterways, creeks and rivers

Waterways are vital for the health of the environment and community. They provide water for agriculture, recreation and wildlife. You can improve the waterways on your property by: 

  • Fencing off waterways from livestock and vehicles to prevent erosion, pollution, and damage to banks and vegetation 

  • Planting native trees and shrubs along waterways to provide shade, habitat, and stability 

  • Managing run-off from roofs, roads, paddocks, or drains to reduce sediment, nutrients, chemicals, and litter from entering waterways 

  • Installing erosion control structures such as rocks, logs/coir logs to slow down water flow and trap sediments 

  • Restoring natural features such as pools, riffles, bends, or wetlands to enhance habitat diversity and water quality  


Choosing the appropriate plants for your septic effluent field

Thinking about what should be planted in your septic effluent field is an important task, as you do not want the roots of your new plants affecting what lies beneath the soil.

Attached below is a document outlining species of trees, shrubs, grasses, and groundcovers that are well suited to the conditions of a septic effluent field. Accompanying this document is a rainfall average map of Moorabool Shire Council that you might find useful when trying to select the plants that suit your local climate. 

Septic-Tank-Planting-List_1.pdf(PDF, 429KB)

Help native wildlife thrive

Moorabool Shire is home to a rich diversity of native animals. You can help them thrive on your property by: 

  • Providing water sources such as bird baths, ponds or dams 

  • Creating shelter or nesting sites such as hollow logs, rocks, or nesting boxes 

  • Avoiding the use of herbicides and pesticides that can harm wildlife  

  • Keeping your pets indoors or on a leash when near wildlife 


Manage pest animals

Pest animals are animals that are classified as pests under the Catchment and Land Protection Act (CaLP Act). They can cause damage to crops, livestock, pets, native vegetation, and wildlife, whilst also spreading disease and posing a threat to human safety. You can control pest animals on your property by: 

  • Identifying the pest animals on your property and learning about their behaviour, habitat, diets, and impacts 

  • Using an integrated approach that combines exclusion, trapping, shooting, baiting, and biological control methods 

  • Following the legal and ethical requirements for pest animal control such as obtaining permits, using approved methods, and disposing of carcasses properly  

  • Working with your neighbours, Landcare groups, Council, and other local authorities to coordinate pest animal control efforts across the landscape 


Protect existing native vegetation

The native vegetation of Moorabool Shire is valuable. It provides habitat, prevents soil erosion, filters water, and stores carbon. You can protect the existing native plants on your property by: 

  • Fencing off areas of native vegetation from livestock and vehicles 

  • Removing any invasive plants that can outcompete or damage native vegetation 

  • Spreading mulch around native plants to retain moisture and supress weeds 

  • Seeking advice from a local nursery or Landcare group on how to care your native plants


Revegetation projects on your property

Revegetation is the process of re-stablishing vegetation on your property, which can improve the appearance, productivity, and biodiversity of your land. You can revegetate your property by: 

  • Planting seedlings of native trees, shrubs, herbs and grasses that are suited to your soil type, climate, and landscape 

  • Directly sowing seeds of native species 

  • Using techniques to assist in natural regeneration such as fencing off areas from grazing, removing weeds, or applying smoke or heat treatment to stimulate germination 

  • Planning and preparing the site before planting/seeding 

  • Continuously watering, weeding, mulching and protecting the plants until they are established  

  • See our Revegetation page for more info


Simple ways to reduce your environmental impact

Wanting to make your property more sustainable? Here are some simple steps to save money, improve comfort, and reduce your environmental impact: 

  • Installing solar panels or a solar water heater  

  • Using energy efficient appliances and lighting  

  • Insulating your walls, ceilings and floors 

  • Planting native trees and shrubs to provide habitat for wildlife 

  • Composting your organic waste and using it as fertiliser  

  • Collecting rainwater and using it for irrigation 


Stop weeds in their tracks

Weeds are plants that have attributes that enable them to outcompete native vegetation, reducing the productivity and biodiversity of your land. They can also pose a fire risk or health hazard. You can control weeds on your property by: 

  • Identifying the weeds on your property and learning about their life cycle, dispersal methods, and impacts 

  • Preventing weed introduction or spread by cleaning equipment, vehicles, clothing and footwear before entering or leaving your property 

  • Using an integrated approach that combines physical, chemical, biological, and cultural methods of weed control  

  • Targeting weeds when they are young, vulnerable or flowering before they set seed 

  • Seeking advice from Council’s Natural Resource Management Officer, your local Landcare group, or Agriculture Victoria on how to control specific weeds 


Support habitat for rare and threatened species

The grasslands of the Victorian Volcanic Plains and the woodland habitats of the Lerderderg and Wombat forests are particularly important ecosystems found in Moorabool Shire. They support many rare and threatened species such as the golden sun moth, the striped legless lizard, and the spiny rice flower. You can enhance these habitats on your property by: 

  • Maintaining a mosaic of varying grass heights, densities and species 

  • Reducing grazing pressure and allowing grasses to flower and set seed 

  • Conducting controlled burns or slashing at appropriate times and frequencies to reduce fuel load and promote regeneration 

  • Sowing or planting locally sourced native grasses and wildflowers 

  • Taking part in citizen science projects by monitoring and recording the presence and abundance of species in your area 

There are many organisations and incentive programs that can help you care for your land. They can provide you with information, advice, funding, materials, or assistance. Some examples are: 

  • Land for Wildlife – a wildlife conservation program managed by the Victorian Government Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action (DEECA) which aims to support landholders who provide habitat for native wildlife on their land  

  • Grow West – a landscape restoration program aimed at working with local communities in Melbourne’s west to create a more sustainable future 

  • Contact the Environment Team at Moorabool Shire Council for further information 

Related Information

Environment and sustainability
Record a sighting
Connect with local environment groups