Red tape slashed in victory for farmers
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.