Moorabool Shire Rural Land Use Strategy

Project Overview

Moorabool Shire Council is currently developing a Rural Land Use Strategy to provide strategic vision and direction for the extensive rural areas throughout Moorabool Shire.

Moorabool Shire is characterised by a diverse range of rural landscapes, which include ranges, plains, gorges, and areas of significant agricultural and horticulture. More than 74% of the Shire comprises of water catchments, State Forests, State Parks and a National Park. There are also areas of rural living throughout the Shire. These unique landscapes and land uses provide for a range of unique issues and opportunities.

Council has undertaken extensive work in recent years to provide a strategic vision and direction for the small towns and settlements through the Small Towns and Settlements Strategy, 2016, in the Ballan area through the Ballan Strategic Directions, 2018 and in Bacchus Marsh through the Bacchus Marsh Housing Strategy, 2018 and the Bacchus Marsh Urban Growth Framework, 2018. There is currently a gap in the strategic vision and direction for the Shire’s extensive rural areas. The Planning Scheme Review – Literature review also identified a need for direction on rural land use in Moorabool Shire. Specifically, it revealed a number of issues associated with rural land use that are interconnected and require a holistic response.

At the same time that this Strategy is being developed, Council is also preparing the Bacchus Marsh Irrigation District Planning (BMID) Study which will review the current and ongoing agricultural viability of land within the BMID, provide direction on the future of the BMID and will recommend planning policy and controls for both the protection of, and development in the BMID. Further information on the Bacchus Marsh Irrigation District Planning Study can be found here.

(Please note that the survey is the same for both the Rural Land Use Strategy & the BMID Planning Study).

We are seeking feedback from rural landholders by asking you to complete an anonymous 10 to 15 minute survey. Your responses will help us to understand your views on a range of topics affecting the rural areas of the Shire and will inform the next stage of the Rural Land Use Strategy, the preparation of an ‘issues and opportunities’ paper.

The survey is now closed  

Thank you for your feedback We will now be reviewing the results of the survey and we will provide an update shortly.

Once you have completed the survey you will have the opportunity to enter your contact details (please note that your survey responses will remain anonymous) for your chance to win one of three $500 vouchers, redeemable at a nominated local retailer. On the 26th August we drew our three winners and they have been notified.

If you are an existing or aspiring primary producer, you are also invited to complete a short 5 minute Producer Survey. The Producers Survey is being conducted by Council’s Economic Development team with the goal to work more closely with participating producers to celebrate the scale and variety of agriculture within the Shire. For any questions about the Producers Survey please contact Council’s Economic Development team via email .

If you are unable to complete the survey online, please contact Council’s Strategic Planning unit via phone on 5366 7100 or email and a hard copy of the survey can be provided.

The results of the survey will inform the preparation of an ‘issues and opportunities paper’ for the Rural Land Use Strategy along with the preparation of the Bacchus Marsh Irrigation District Planning Study. A summary of the results of the survey will be made available on the Council website.

  • Project Scoping
    • Landholder and Community Survey
    • Stakeholder and Agency Consultation
  • Background Report
  • Discussion Paper
    • Community, stakeholder and agency consultation
  • Draft Rural Land Use Strategy
    • Community, stakeholder and agency consultation
  • Final Rural and Use Strategy