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Campaspe Shire seeks rural knowledge

Campaspe Shire residents have until February to nominate for the Council's Farming Advisory Committee.

February 5, 2014 4:06am

 

Any residents intending to nominate for Campaspe Shire Council’s proposed new Farming Advisory Committee has until February 7.

The committee is to be made up of people from the local agriculture industry and will provide advice and feedback on applications regarding subdivision of farm land or the development of dwellings on farming land.

It will comprise of 15 people with the potential for smaller groups to be created from this core number for specific projects.

Council’s planning, building and local laws spokesman Adrian Weston said the new committee would be an invaluable resource.

‘‘We are seeking nominations from agricultural sector representatives with broad and diverse experience,’’ Cr Weston said.

‘‘This will enable the committee to provide sound advice to council when considering planning applications that may impact on the agricultural sector. It will also play an important role in providing advice on strategic planning projects .

‘‘The agricultural sector is the main driver of the regional economy and employs thousands of local residents. ’’

Creation of the new committee was recommended by the planning panel that reviewed submissions to Amendment C69 of the Planning Scheme and Regional Rural Land Use Strategy.

The intention is for the committee’s structure to provide flexibility in assigning committee members depending on the type of planning application or project, its location and the need to avoid conflicts of interest.

Nominations from people who have knowledge and experience in farming within the Shire of Campaspe from a range of perspectives will be accepted by council until February 7.

A nomination form is available on Campaspe Shire Council’s website at www.campaspe.vic.gov.au

Council expects to appoint the committee members in March.

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