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Planning for sustainable animal industries
The Victorian Government is currently seeking feedback on their proposed reforms to planning controls for animal industries
The proposed reforms can be viewed and submissions made at https://www.planning.vic.gov.au/policy-and-strategy/planning-reform/sustainable-animal-industries
A frequently asked questions document has been prepared -http://agriculture.vic.gov.au/agriculture/livestock/planning-for-sustainable-animal-industries/faqs-pig-and-poultry-farms
The public consultation period will close on 14 November 2017.
The PUGRC will be making a submission
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:
- email the Executive Officer via firstname.lastname@example.org
- write to Peri Urban Agriculture Discussion Paper, C/- PO Box 18 Ballan VIC 3342
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.
The Peri Urban Group of Rural Councils is supportive of initiatives to simplify regulations and to protect natural assets and amenity. Our shared experience reveals that for too long it has been simpler for land owners to clear native vegetation and pay the fine rather than working with Councils and Government to do the right thing. We hope that this review will make it simpler for land owners to protect native vegetation or adequately replace the native vegetation where clearing is approved.
We believe that the best approach to managing native vegetation clearing is to consider the issue in a holistic way and to reference the Bushfire Management Overlays (BMO) and clearing provisions. We have concerns that the BMO is being used to clear native vegetation and significant trees near to homes. The two documents should be read and applied in conjunction with each other.
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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.