Sustainable Agriculture

The Port Phillip & Westernport CMA contributes to sustainable agriculture and land management in this region by delivering or supporting projects when funded by the Victorian and Australian governments.

Our vision is that the ring of rural and semi-rural land around urban Melbourne will continue to provide substantial benefits for the community, economy and environment of Victoria.

These areas will retain productive, diverse, sustainable agriculture enterprises and industries with substantial economic benefit and local food security for Victoria.

They will simultaneously provide expansive ‘green space’ featuring natural habitat and open landscapes supporting biodiversity and ecosystem health, and enabling Melbourne’s communities to connect with nature and readily enjoy liveability and recreational benefits.

Current projects

Regional Agriculture and Landcare Facilitator

Funded through Australian Government’s National Landcare Program, the Regional Agriculture Facilitator supports agricultural industry groups and farmers in the Port Phillip and Western Port region.

The PPWCMA’s Regional Agriculture and Landcare Facilitator is Karen Thomas.

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Compost Under Vines (Macedon Ranges)

This project is undertaking a three-year trial into the financial and environmental benefits of urban green waste mulch under vines in the high altitude vineyards of the Macedon Ranges. Three vineyards in the Macedon Ranges are participating as trial sites.

The project is being delivered by the PPWCMA in partnership with Macedon Ranges Vignerons Association, AORA, Veolia and Grapelinks and is supported by the Victorian Government.

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Smart Farming in Western Port

This large-scale, five-year project works with landholders from multiple-enterprise types throughout the Western Port catchment to promote sustainable farming practices. It aims to increase the understanding and uptake of innovative farming practices to improve farmers productivity and our natural resources.

The project is being delivered by the Western Port Catchment Landcare Network in association with Bass Coast Landcare Network, Mornington Peninsula Shire Council, South Gippsland Landcare Network, Agriculture Victoria and Melbourne Water.

The project is supported by the PPWCMA through funding from the Australian Governments National Landcare Program .

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Past projects/trials