Council is currently in the process of preparing a Rural Lands Strategy to sit as a new component within its Local Growth Management Strategy.
The aim of the Rural Lands Strategy is to identify and address the various pressures and associated impacts on traditional farming, rural communities, rural environments and related industry to meet the needs of the economy, the community and the environment into the future.
Preparation of this strategy is being undertaken over a number phases. Phase 1 of the project has been completed and comprised the preparation of a Background Paper, facilitation of Community Engagement Workshops and the preparation of an Issues and Options Paper.
Council, at its Ordinary Meeting of 27 April 2017, resolved to appoint three community representatives and two Councillors to a Section 355 Agricultural Advisory Committee. The purpose of this committee is to oversee Phase 2 of the project.
Elton Consulting has been engaged by Council to undertake Phase 2 of the project which will comprise the preparation of a Draft Policy Paper that provides a response to the issues and options identified during Phase 1 on the Project.
Phase 2 of this project will also comprise additional community engagement processes and preparation of a draft Rural Lands Strategy. Interested community members can find out more and keep up to date about Phase 2 of the Rural Lands Strategy here.
It is anticipated that a draft Rural Lands Strategy will be finalised by April 2018. For further information please contact Council's Local Planning Section on 02 6648 4000.