Agriculture | case study


With an 18-year history of delivering profits through land management, water and ecosystem assets, Kilter Rural (located in Bendigo VIC 3550) has impacted Australian farmland significantly and for the better. Since the business opened in 2004, the team has developed their model for regenerative agriculture that provides consistent returns for investors.

During this time they’ve grown long-term, sustainable relationships bridging the country-city divide. They aim to build face-to-face relationships in rural communities as well as with city institutional investors.

Their greatest business contribution, however, comes in the nature of their investments. Kilter Rural opts for sustainable and long-term investments that will improve innovation and technology in rural regions with a focus on regenerative agriculture. Their overarching aim is to increase farmland area to address the world’s growing demand for food by implementing economic stimulus in regional areas and the reduction of CO2 emissions.


Australian Impact Asset Manager of the Year (2019)

Kilter Rural has over A$300m in funds under management, and 12,000 hectares of land in Victoria.


Positive environmental impacts

The only agricultural fund certified with the Responsible Investment Association Australasia.


Using tech to improve yield

And, re-establishing scaled native forests for biodiversity and carbon sequestration.

Why Loddon Mallee?


The diversity of opportunities in the Loddon Mallee – from land management to water protection – has kept Kilter Rural busy for the last 18 years.

“The Loddon Mallee region has one of the best irrigation water delivery systems in Victoria,” says Michale Neville. “Our purpose here is to profitably improve Australian farmland, water and ecosystems at scale and generate long-term, resilient and uncorrelated inflation-protected returns for investors.”

“By 2050 the world will need to feed 50% more people. Addressing food needs without exacerbating the degradation of natural capital will depend on stabilising the world’s current agricultural footprint and producing more food through the regeneration of existing farmland.”

“We’re committed to delivering profit with impact – investing at scale in the regeneration of farmland, water and environmental protection in the Loddon Mallee region. We have three funds open to investors; The Murray Darling Basin Balanced Water Fund, Kilter Water Fund and Australian Farmlands Fund.”

“The backing provided from the investment community both here and internationally illustrates that firms such as Kilter Rural – that are part of the transition to a low carbon future – can gain significant investor support, be a part of the solution and still make great returns.”
– Kilter Rural CEO, Cullen Gunn



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