The OWMP recommended that land capability templates be prepared by Council to streamline approvals processes, reduce application costs wherever possible and improve the consistency in assessments submitted to Council and water authorities for review.
The Rural Flying Squad, through the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, provided funding to prepare the templates in consultation with Goulburn Murray Water, the Shires of Strathbogie and Towong, two land capability experts operating in North East Victoria and the Environment Protection Authority.
For a general overview of the land capability assessment (LCA) process, please see our Information sheet(PDF, 150KB) .
Step 1 - Identify the risk rating for the site
Please refer to the Risk Maps above that will enable you to identify the risk rating for the site you are investigating.
Step 2 - Download the template for the appropriate risk rating
High Risk Land Capability Assessment template(PDF, 763KB)
Medium Risk Land Capability Assessment template(PDF, 827KB)
Low Risk Land Capability Assessment template(PDF, 508KB)
Step 3 - Talk to Council's Environmental Health Officer about local conditions and requirements
It is a good idea to talk to Council's experts before you start your assessment process as there may be some handy local knowledge to pick up before you commence your site investigation.
Step 4 - Desktop analysis and site investigation
The LCA templates require a mixture of data collection, desktop analysis and field work.
Rainfall and evaporation data
The links below will help you collate rainfall and evaporation data for your land capability assessment.
Please note that some weather stations have less than 20 years data and so you may wish to use only those stations that provide you with longer term data trends.