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the ACT Rural Landholders Association


The ACT Rural Landholders' Association is the peak body for primary producers in the Territory. The association exists to support our members – the current custodians of the Territory’s rural lands - that produce food and fibre and look after nature on land and water.

Our products are as diverse as our landscapes and our members, from the broadacre grazing paddocks for sheep and cattle along the Murrumbidgee River, to the exotic black truffle forest and boutique vineyard on the slopes of Mt Majura. The Territory’s farms are rich in culture, history and offer a range of visitor opportunities. 





Are you a rural landholder in the ACT region? Join the RLA to stay informed and to have your say on issues that affect farmers in our region

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What we do

Our association 

  • advocates for farmers and best practise farming
  • improves fairness, efficiency and diversity in ACT lease and license systems on rural lands
  • increases awareness of farming by the Canberra community
  • conserves the beauty and amenity of the cultural landscape setting of the National Capital
  • collaborates with partners across our region.

The association partners with Landcare ACT, the 3 catchment groups and Regional Development Australia ACT & Southern NSW to stay abreast of information and collaborate on project opportunities.

Importantly, the association has good working relationships with and provides advice to various ACT Government agencies and our elected Members of the Legislative Assembly. It is an exciting time to be a farmer in the Territory, and position statements outline our views on contemporary issues.

Upcoming events

    • 11 Dec 2023
    • 3 sessions
    • Tharwa Hall

    You are invited to attend the last meeting and social event of 2023!

    The event will feature guest speakers discussing topics of importance to all of us. Additionally, you will be able to join farmers in celebrating the occasion with a free Christmas dinner and drinks. And if it's anything like last year's Christmas feast, you won't want to miss it.

    All ACT farmers are welcome to attend the final meeting for 2023! Please spread the word and bring along a new face or old neighbour who needs an afternoon off the tractor.

    The ACT Rural Landholders Association of Farmers December general meeting will be located at Tharwa Hall, located on North Street, Tharwa, ACT, 2620.

    Event outline:

    4:00 pm - 5:00 pm:

    Christmas dinner, drinks and socialising with farmers and friends of farmers

    5:00 pm - 6:30 pm:

    Guest speakers with Q&A

    6:50 pm - 8:00 pm:

    Quarterly Meeting with ACT Government updates


    Land Valuations and Rates on ACT farms

    Commissioner for ACT Revenue and Principal Valuer

    Water security in the Murrumbidgee River catchment: what’s changing for ACT farmers?

    Dr Maxine Cooper Chair ACT & Region Catchment Management Coordination Group and Andy Lowes Program Manager Australian River Restoration Centre (ARRC)

    Not a member but interested in joining? Sign up here: RLA - Join us (

    (Don't worry, Tharwa Hall is better than it appears in this photo)



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