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The Productive Plains
The Productive Plains SES is located across the lower slopes and plains of the central Goulburn Broken Catchment and includes the towns of Nagambie, Euroa, Violet Town, Dookie and Tungamah.
The area’s abundant food and water resources were first used by the Yorta Yorta and Taungurung Clans and the region’s many cultural sites indicate its importance to Traditional Owners . Since European settlement, land-use change has included clearing for farming, gold rushes, the post-1930s farm mechanisation boom and the wool boom of the 1950s.
Agricultural land-use is highly valued in this area for the economic and social services it provides. There is also high value placed on the remaining native vegetation, on land and along waterways for the ecosystem and social services it contributes to. The future aspiration for the Productive Plains is to integrate productive capacity with ecological function and maintain social networks.
Working on Solid Foundations
Effort to sustain and restore the natural environment that underpins our way of life is by no means new. The area’s landholders have worked with a range of stakeholders to maintain and improve region’s land, water and biodiversity assets over the years. While acknowledging this effort there is also recognition building the region’s resilience to adapt to current and future drivers of change is an ongoing challenge.