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Campaspe Shire farming committee revealed

Twelve people have been selected to make up the new Campaspe Shire Farm Advisory Committee.

RENEE THOMPSON March 31, 2014 4:07am

Twelve people have been appointed to a new farming committee which will advise Campaspe Shire Council on planning matters and important agricultural issues.

Each member of council’s new Farm Advisory Committee was selected for their agricultural sector expertise, following a call for expression of interest.

Those appointed to the committee include Kyabram’s Robert Danieli, Simon Green, Nick Mioni and John Elborough, Stanhope’s Greg Fitzpatrick, Tongala’s Peter Fitzgerald, Toolleen’s Roger Kemp, Rochester’s Bruce Macague, Timmering’s Murray McDonald, Girgarre’s Duncan Rodrick, Colbinabbin’s Ashlea Tuohey and Wyuna’s Julie Young.

Campaspe planning, building and local laws spokesman Cr Adrian Weston said council was pleased the committee was now established.

‘‘All individuals on this community-based committee bring a wealth of knowledge, professional expertise and years of experience that will be invaluable in assisting council to make decisions about the future use of rural land in the shire,’’ he said.

Cr Weston said a further three people would be invited onto the group.

‘‘We envisaged we would have 15 on the committee,’’ he said.

‘‘We had 22 applications but decided to appoint 12 and keep three open.’’

One of the reasons was based on a lack of applicants in the shire’s west.

‘‘We didn’t receive any applications to the west of Rochester and it would be good if we could get representation from the western third of the shire,’’ Cr Weston said.

He said the other reason was because the committee was light on those with certain agriculture expertise.

‘‘To get a spread of skill base, it would be good to get as many representatives from different agricultural pursuits as we can,’’ he said.

‘‘We are seeking people with expertise in viticulture, intensive farming such as piggeries and new and emerging areas of agricultural production.’’

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