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Striking balance on right to farm

Clearer rules for farming will be introduced in Victoria’s planning provisions to give certainty to property owners, councils and the community as part of the Victorian Government’s ongoing work to support our animal industries.

The planning reforms will include new land definitions, no increases to red tape and more support for councils to allow for efficient application processing and rule enforcement.

This is about getting the balance right between supporting our farming industries and the community.

The Victorian Government set up the Animal Industries Advisory Committee last year to review planning rules and find ways to bring the planning system in line with modern farming practices and community expectations.

The committee’s work included broad consultation and public hearings, drawing 146 submissions and made 37 recommendations.

The Government has now released its response to the committee’s findings, and is working with councils and industry bodies ahead of the changes, which include:

  • Support for council’s strategic planning work through access to specialist expertise and improving data
  • Clearer rules through new land definitions which reflect modern farming
  • Code reforms to help councils make well-informed and clear decisions
  • Working with councils and the EPA towards effective enforcement of planning decisions.

Victoria’s animal industries make a significant contribution to the Victorian economy, employing around 52,000 people on-farm and in processing and worth more than $8.1 billion in total agricultural value.

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