Council seeks farm advice
HEATHCOTE’S agricultural industries – from viticulture to livestock – are being urged to lodge expressions of interest from involved community members to join the City of Greater Bendigo’s farming advisory committee to make a difference at grass roots level.
Mayor Margaret O’Rourke said the committee would advise council on significant challenges and opportunities for the agribusiness and farming sectors, such as urban sprawl and land uses.
“Recently, our rural communities and primary producers have been severely tested by a string of climate and market conditions that have greatly impacted their economic and general wellbeing,” Cr O’Rourke said.
“However, there are also many exciting opportunities available to these communities and businesses,” she said.
“The farming advisory committee will play an important role in deciding actions and strategies to support the region’s agribusiness and farming sectors when they are in need, as well as identifying ways that will help them to prosper well into the future.
“The inaugural committee was set up in 2013 and I would like to thank former members for their significant contributions over the past three years.
“The incoming committee will be one of only seven advisory committees to council, so this will be an opportunity for people to provide critical advice on issues relevant to our agribusiness and farming sectors.”
People engaged in broadacre farming, horticulture, viticulture, animal husbandry, intensive animal farming, lifestyle farming, water management, rural health or financial services, farming related education/training or agribusiness are invited to apply.
Up to 12 community representatives are being sought from across the Whipstick, Lockwood and Eppalock wards for a three-year term.
Former members of the farming advisory committee are welcome to apply.
Applications close at 5pm on February 10. For further information phone Jenny Pendlebury on 5434 6479 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
A call has gone out for anyone involved in agriculture in the Heathcote region to join a farming advisory committee being run by the City of Greater Bendigo.