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:
- 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
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:
- Support and protection of agriculture
- Employment generating industries and infrastructure in the region
- Standard Developer Contributions for the region.