Coun­cil seeks farm ad­vice

McIvor Times - - NEWS -

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 j.pendle­

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.

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