Transport Network Pricing Submission to Infrastructure Victoria

The Peri Urban Group of Rural Councils is supportive of initiatives that assist residents from the Peri Urban region and regional Victoria to more equitably access Melbourne for employment and education purposes. We support initiatives that improve access to public transport and reduce congestion and travel times.

The residents of the Peri Urban region are already at a significant disadvantage in terms of the costs of commuting including higher vehicle ownership rates, fuel, road tolls and public transport pricing. We are concerned that Transport Network Pricing may further disadvantage the residents of our Shires and those further from Melbourne who are seeking employment and education.

We note that the Discussion Paper recognises the potential for social impacts for those on lower incomes. Due recognition must also be given for those who are disadvantaged by distance and geography.

Submission on Transport Network Pricing. February 2017

Peri Urban Newsletter – January 2017

The Peri Urban newsletter for January 2017 is out now. Funding opportunities, scholarship for agriculture students, update on our Agriculture Discussion paper and more. Read it now.

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Christmas Edition of the Peri Urban Newsletter

A little light reading for the Christmas break. Read it now 



Peri Urban Agriculture Discussion Paper – Consultation

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Peri urban agriculture provides 17% of Victoria’s produce

We’re seeking comments and feedback on the Peri Urban Agriculture. Discussion Paper. June 2017 before 14 July 2017.

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.

The Discussion Paper has been developed over the last year, 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.

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.

Submissions can be sent to:

• Email:
• Mail: PUGRC Agriculture Discussion Paper, c/- PO Box 18, Ballan VIC 3342

Submissions close Friday 14 July 2017. 

Contact for more information or to obtain a copy of the Peri Urban Agriculture. Discussion Paper. June 2017



Green light for Infrastructure & Economic Development Strategy

The Peri Urban Infrastructure and Economic Development Strategy has been given the green light after funding was secured from Rural Councils Victoria and a contribution from the PUGRC.

The Strategy will identify the critical pieces of infrastructure and service improvements to support sustainable growth in the peri urban region, and ensure it is not left behind neighbouring, better funded areas.

The focus on infrastructure and economic development aims to enhance the sustainable welfare of the peri urban region and communities.

This is a region that is determined to be more than a dormitory area for Melbourne.

Using a Sustainable Welfare Index methodology will deliver a full understanding of the state of the Peri Urban region, focusing net economic contribution, natural capital/ecosystem services and social capital and community contributions within the study area. This holistic approach to understanding the interrelationships between the economic, social and environmental will deliver an understanding of the Peri Urban region that will enable sound policy and infrastructure development for the medium to long term.

This methodology can be applied regionally to Councils facing similar issues and challenges, and is the most sensible approach to working in rural and regional Victoria. This methodology is a strategic departure from the current Regional Growth Areas model which focuses primarily on the regional city in each instance and forces Councils to compete for funding and support on an unequitable basis.

Work on the Strategy will commence in 2017 and updates will be provided through the newsletter.

All sheep & goats born in VIC will need electronic tags in 2017

From 1 January 2017, all sheep and goats born in Victoria will require an electronic identification tag, before leaving their property of birth. Each electronic tag is printed with a visually readable Property Identification Code (PIC) and serial number.

The new rules also apply to people owning sheep and goats kept as pets, as well as:

  • Persons owning and/or managing a property on which sheep or goats are bred, agisted, reared or kept
  • Persons responsible for the husbandry of sheep or goats
  • Persons owning and/or managing sheep or goats moving off or onto a property at any point of the animal’s life for any reason

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