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Have your say on Melbourne’s agriculture land

Grapes growing.

Mount Alexander Shire Council is encouraging residents to have a say on options to better protect agricultural land and green wedges within a 100km radius of Melbourne.

Monday 4 January 2021

Mount Alexander Shire Council is encouraging residents to have a say on options to better protect agricultural land and green wedges within a 100km radius of Melbourne.

Some of Victoria’s most productive agricultural land is within 100 km of central Melbourne, including the south eastern areas of Mount Alexander Shire. This includes areas along the Calder Freeway corridor such as Elphinstone and Taradale, and areas to the west and east of these townships.

Almost 60% of the state’s vegetables are grown within 100km of Melbourne, and the area is valued for its biodiversity, natural resources, tourism, heritage and critical infrastructure.

Protecting the significant features and assets in these areas is important for ongoing environmental, economic, cultural and health and wellbeing outcomes for all Victorians.

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) has identified options to improve planning for Melbourne’s agricultural land and green wedges, and they want your feedback.

A consultation paper, now available for community review, outlines ways to improve the Victorian planning system and guide decision making on Melbourne’s peri-urban agricultural land and green wedges.

Robust planning controls are needed to maintain the benefits provided by green wedges and manage land use to support long term agricultural use that serves the needs of Melbourne’s growing population.

Read more about this project, including the consultation report and have your say at https://engage.vic.gov.au/gwal.

Submissions close at 5.00pm on Friday 5 February 2021.

For more information contact DELWP at planning.implementation@delwp.vic.gov.au.



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