Red tape slashed in vic­tory for farm­ers

Central and North Rural Weekly - - NEWS -

VIC­TO­RIAN farm­ers have won the bat­tle against coun­cil red tape that has dic­tated how they run their busi­ness.

To­day, Plan­ning Min­is­ter Richard Wynne and Agri­cul­ture Min­is­ter Jaala Pul­ford will present pro­posed reforms which, if ac­cepted, will clear the way for farm­ers to adopt more in­ten­sive and pro­duc­tive farm­ing sys­tems.

Un­der the pro­posal, farm­ers will no longer be forced to ob­tain in­ten­sive an­i­mal hus­bandry per­mits if their live­stock feed pads and troughs are at least 100m from res­i­den­tial zones, neigh­bours’ homes and wa­ter­ways. Small-scale poul­try and pig farm­ers will be ex­empt from ob­tain­ing a per­mit or will be granted access to a stream­lined plan­ning ap­proval process if they meet set­back dis­tances rang­ing from 30–100m.

Af­ter more than three years of debate, a lengthy in­quiry and hun­dreds of sub­mis­sions, plan­ning reforms will be avail­able for pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion, un­til Novem­ber 14.

“Through these land­mark reforms we will protect prime agri­cul­tural land and put our farm­ers first,” Ms Pul­ford said.

For­mer Vic­to­rian Farm­ers Fed­er­a­tion pres­i­dent Peter Tuo­hey said com­mon sense had fi­nally pre­vailed.

WAGYU WAR­RIOR: David Black­more bat­tled the Mur­rindindi Shire over a ret­ro­spec­tive plan­ning per­mit to graze cat­tle.

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