Productive Plains

A map of the Productive Plains local area in relation to the Goulburn Broken Catchment. It stretches from Yarrawonga and Glenrowan in a band south-west to Colbinabbin, taking in the dryland grazing and cropping regions.
Figure 20: The Productive Plains local area

Vision: Through strong, supportive community networks, the Productive Plains balances land productivity, quality water access and native vegetation quantity and condition in a changing climate.

The Productive Plains run across the lower slopes and plains of the central catchment and include the towns of Nagambie, Euroa, Violet Town, Dookie and Tungamah (Figure 20). The area’s abundant food and water resources were first used by the Yorta Yorta and Taungurung Clans and the many cultural sites indicate its importance to Traditional Owners.

Since European settlement, land use has included clearing for farming, gold rushes, the post-1930s farm mechanisation boom and the 1950s wool boom. This changing land use has had a major impact on the area’s biodiversity. Most of the remaining habitat is provided by vegetation along waterways, roadsides, ranges and spring soak wetlands.

While rivers and creeks remain unregulated (except the Goulburn and Broken rivers), they are only in moderate condition. Community networks, such as the Gecko CLaN, Longwood Plains Conservation Management Network and many others, have established and provided support to landholders over the past 20-30 years to adopt sustainable farming practices and protect threatened species.

Growing consumer demand for greener agricultural products and the increasing sense of urgency among the community for climate change action, has the potential to create new opportunities for NRM across the Productive Plains.

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