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Community blackberry action in the Macedon Ranges is achieving the
best results ever.



Small landholders are a key focus for the Upper Campaspe Blackberry and Gorse Action Group.

The group encourages and supports diverse landholders to tackle blackberry across the Macedon Ranges Shire around Kyneton, Wooden, Trentham, Metcalf, Malmsbury, Ashbourne and Pipers Creek.

While the region includes larger grazing properties and wineries it predominantly features smaller ‘lifestyle’ properties as well as peri-urban blocks. Landowners often have limited land management knowledge and skills and are also often time poor.

This year the action group was encouraged by several small ‘lifestyle’ landholders new to the area joining the blackberry control effort, who appreciated the advice and support received from the group’s project officer.

Real progress is being made by property owners who have signed 3-year voluntary agreements. They highlight how a little blackberry control effort makes a big difference to land value and productivity and contributes to protecting natural values.

Maintaining the focus is always a challenge, and the action group’s project officer continued working to encourage blackberry control action, including at the Kyneton Show.



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