North Eastern Volcanic Plains

Sweeping hills and windswept plains

Vision: A working landscape of diversity and production from the foothills of the Grampians across the grasslands and wetlands of the northern volcanic plains 

This local area is in the north-eastern half of the Glenelg Hopkins region with a population of about 20,000 people. The main towns are Ararat, Beaufort, Glenthompson, Lake Bolac, Skipton and Mortlake.

Traditional Owner organisations managing country include Eastern Maar Aboriginal Corporation and Wadawurrung Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation.

Ararat Rural City forms a gateway to important tourism destinations such as Gariwerd, Pyrenees Ranges, Mt Langi Ghiran and Lake Bolac.

Agriculture and forestry are the largest industry employers in the area.

Key Landcare networks include the Upper Hopkins Land Management Group, Beyond Bolac Community Action Group, Upper Mt Emu Creek Landcare Network and Basalt to Bay Landcare Network

Local Government Authorities include Ararat Rural City, Pyrenees Shire, Moyne Shire and Corangamite Shire.

Brolgas are an iconic species on wetlands across this local area
Photo: Walker Swamp, Nature Glenelg Trust