Are you passionate about the Peri Urban? – We’re recruiting!

Executive Officer – Peri Urban Group of Rural Councils

• Location – Darley (Moorabool Shire Council being the host Council). However the position will require visiting other Peri Urban Councils within the region.
• Report to the Peri Urban Group Executive.
• Fixed Term Two (2) Year Contract.
• Three (3) days per week (22.8 hours).
• Range $112,000.00 – $125,000.00 (pro-rata) inclusive of Superannuation.

The Peri Urban Group of Rural Councils, representing the shires of Moorabool, Macedon Ranges, Baw Baw, Murrindindi, Surf Coast, Golden Plains and Bass Coast, was established in 2007 to help advocate for better planning and development outcomes for the Peri Urban areas.

Each Peri Urban Council is facing a number of shared challenges and issues. There is a high level of development pressure in the region’s towns and villages, but also in some cases restrictions on development due to natural hazards such as bushfires. There is pressure on maintaining sustainable communities as well as pressure on the agricultural assets. At the same time the important role of rural industry and tourism as continuing major drivers of local economies is recognised and supported. The Peri Urban areas have a significant number of amenity and environmental attributes, heritage and tourism opportunities.

The Executive Officer will take a lead role in coordinating and promoting the Peri Urban Council’s position to State Government and other key stakeholders.

The position will also provide secretariat support to the Peri Urban Mayors and CEOs Forum, and seek other funding opportunities including preparing grant applications where appropriate.

For further information, please contact Satwinder Sandhu, General Manager of Growth & Development at Moorabool Shire Council via email on or telephone (03) 5366 7100.

Please forward your application together with a covering letter, resume and response to the Key Selection Criteria by email to: by close of business Monday 19 February, 2018.

PD Executive Officer PUGRC 2018 and key selection criteria

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Intensive Animal Industries Consultation – closes 14 November 2017

Planning for sustainable animal industries

The Victorian Government is currently seeking feedback on their proposed reforms to planning controls for animal industries

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The public consultation period will close on 14 November 2017.

The PUGRC will be making a submission

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Consultation on Peri Urban Agriculture Discussion Paper closing soon

The Peri Urban Agriculture Discussion Paper has been developed over the last two years, to encourage a dialogue with stakeholders and the community about the role and value of agriculture in the region. The Discussion Paper frames the key challenges the PUGRC has identified for agriculture in the region and poses questions to illicit further information from stakeholders and the community.

Interested individuals are invited to make comment on the June 2017 Agriculture Discussion Paper until Friday 28 July 2017. Read the Discussion paper – Peri Urban Agriculture. Discussion Paper. June 2017 v2

To make a submission:

The objective of the Discussion Paper and consultation process is to develop an informed and tested position on agriculture in the Peri Urban region, that can inform Local and State Government planning and policy for agriculture in the region.

The peri urban region contains 10 per cent of Victoria’s productive agricultural lands and is responsible for 17 per cent of the primary produce (ABS. 2011). The industry generates almost $2 billion annually and accounts for 26 per cent of the peri urban region’s Gross Regional Product.


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