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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: firstname.lastname@example.org
• Mail: PUGRC Agriculture Discussion Paper, c/- PO Box 18, Ballan VIC 3342
Submissions close Friday 14 July 2017.
Contact email@example.com for more information or to obtain a copy of the Peri Urban Agriculture. Discussion Paper. June 2017
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.
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:
For more details visit http://www.agriculture.vic.gov.au/sheepEID
The PUGRC has been pleased to participate in the development of a 30 year strategy for infrastructure in Victoria. The draft 30 Year Strategy has addressed a number of our priorities. However three critical priorities remain:
The Peri Urban region is the fastest growing rural area in Victoria. The region will grow by an average of 49% through to 2036 with some of the Peri Urban cities forecast to more than double and in some cases triple in population. In contrast the regional cities of Ballarat Bendigo and Geelong have a slower rate of growth at 40%.
We are committed to managing our communities in a sustainable way, that facilitates sensible population growth and employment opportunities while retaining local character, important agricultural lands and environmental assets for Victoria. We are pleased to provide comment into the Environment, Natural Resources and Regional Development Committee’s Inquiry
The VIC Peri Urban region is 16,887 km2 and contains significant tracts of Crown land including National and State Parks. In Moorabool and Murrindindi Shires, the Crown lands and parks cover almost 50% of each municipality and in Surf Coast these uses account for 36% of the Shire. The region also contains 10% of Victoria’s productive agricultural lands and grows 17% of the State’s primary produce.
More effective management of invasive pests on Crown Land is a significant priority of this region. Read our full submission.