Land use

Landuse in the Glenelg Hopkins region is predominately agricultural, with areas of public land spread throughout the landscape. Public land includes national parks, state parks and reserves. Aboriginal people and communities are also significant landholders who help manage the region’s unique cultural landscape through Indigenous Protected Areas, jointly-managed National Parks and private land holdings.

Soil health

Soil is valued for its production potential, and its ability to cycle and store carbon. South-west Victoria is recognised as having some of the most fertile and productive soils in Australia. As a largely agricultural landscape, most soils are managed by farmers – making them best placed to make and implement decisions to improve and protect soil. Managing soil to land capability is a core principle in sustaining soil health.

Sustainable Primary Production

With its rich soils and reliable rainfall, the Glenelg Hopkins region is home to a vibrant food and fibre sector – including red meat production, grains and cropping, wool, dairying, aquaculture and forestry. The growing interest from landholders in accessing groundwater suggests irrigated production is set to increase within the region. Offshore, the region is home to significant wild catch fisheries.