Help at hand for life on the land

News release
03 August 2017

Rural Living Handbook 2017  

Do you live on or have you recently bought a rural property in the Adelaide Plains, Mount Lofty Ranges or Fleurieu Peninsula? Are you moving out of the city for the first time or will you be managing your new land from afar?

There’s a lot to consider and you’ll want your experience to be as smooth-sailing as possible.

Luckily, the most up-to-date information to help landholders navigate through significant issues on their property is now available thanks to a new edition of the Rural Living Handbook , published by Natural Resources Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges (AMLR).

The 45-page handbook provides advice on everything from watercourse management, dealing with pest plants and animals, and revegetating to planning for a bushfire – it even has a section on what to consider when looking to purchase a property and moving from the city to a farm.

Natural Resources AMLR Coordinator Sustainable Agriculture and Training Jodie Pain said, “The Rural Living Handbook brings together all the key information, great tips and things to consider that anyone looking to move to a rural property could want, as well as contact details for further information.”

“Since the original Handbook came out in 2011 there have been a couple of versions in order to keep the information most up-to-date and relevant to rural living. These take account of changes during that time, for example in legislation, contact details or landholder requirements,” she said.

To best plan for and manage a rural property, you need to be aware of its soil types, where waterlogging is likely to occur, and where livestock will be able to find shade. 

It’s also important to consider how much time and money will be needed to control pests and how to plan for best practice pest management.

The guide has a useful section on laws such as the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 (EPBC Act), which may impact property management.

A property case study in the handbook demonstrates how managing weeds, rotational grazing and shelterbelts, among other things, have contributed to a successful dairy farm.

Ms Pain said that the handbook is not just for new property owners but is also a useful resource for people who have owned land for a while.

“Landholders may use the book to help them consider issues they haven’t thought about in a while or make plans due to changing circumstances,” she said.

Download your free copy

This project is supported by the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges Board through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Programme.

More information

Natural Resources Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges