Council's Rural Land Strategy protects land for farming

13 April 2015

With the adoption last week of its new Rural Land Strategy, Alpine Shire Council has protected agricultural land to facilitate the expansion and diversification of agriculture in the Shire.

Alpine Mayor, Cr Jan Vonarx said the Rural Land Strategy is about trying to get the balance between agriculture and tourism right and means the Shire is ready for future developments in farming.

“We understand that the definition of farming has changed and potentially will continue to change. In 2006 our Shire experienced the closure of the tobacco industry so we have learnt to ask, what will farming look like in the future? And this strategy ensures there will be land available for new purposes or expanding sectors,” Cr Vonarx said.

Cr Vonarx said, for example, the Strategy identifies dairying as a potential growth sector and identifies land suitable for such development.

The strategy provides a framework for the protection and growth of agriculture, the development of higher value intensive and niche agriculture and further development of rural tourism, over the next 15-20 years.

“This is a significant strategy as it sends a strong message about how our communities value agriculture, tourism, environment and amenity, and provides a framework for how they can all exist, side by side,” Cr Vonarx said.

“For a long time Alpine Shire has been recognised for good variety, high quality tourism products and experiences, and equally, for our agricultural opportunities and production. This strategy is paving the way for industry expansion and we see it as a great contribution to shaping our future landscape,” she said.

“At the same time, it recognises the importance of environmental and landscape values in our rural areas and pressures for rural subdivision and dwellings. It also recommends a specific ‘rural residential’ study be undertaken to separately investigate rural living opportunities.”

The strategy was prepared with significant communi

13 April 2015

With the adoption last week of its new Rural Land Strategy, Alpine Shire Council has protected agricultural land to facilitate the expansion and diversification of agriculture in the Shire.

Alpine Mayor, Cr Jan Vonarx said the Rural Land Strategy is about trying to get the balance between agriculture and tourism right and means the Shire is ready for future developments in farming.

“We understand that the definition of farming has changed and potentially will continue to change. In 2006 our Shire experienced the closure of the tobacco industry so we have learnt to ask, what will farming look like in the future? And this strategy ensures there will be land available for new purposes or expanding sectors,” Cr Vonarx said.

Cr Vonarx said, for example, the Strategy identifies dairying as a potential growth sector and identifies land suitable for such development.

The strategy provides a framework for the protection and growth of agriculture, the development of higher value intensive and niche agriculture and further development of rural tourism, over the next 15-20 years.

“This is a significant strategy as it sends a strong message about how our communities value agriculture, tourism, environment and amenity, and provides a framework for how they can all exist, side by side,” Cr Vonarx said.

“For a long time Alpine Shire has been recognised for good variety, high quality tourism products and experiences, and equally, for our agricultural opportunities and production. This strategy is paving the way for industry expansion and we see it as a great contribution to shaping our future landscape,” she said.

“At the same time, it recognises the importance of environmental and landscape values in our rural areas and pressures for rural subdivision and dwellings. It also recommends a specific ‘rural residential’ study be undertaken to separately investigate rural living opportunities.”

The strategy was prepared with significant community input and council received 22 submissions on the draft Strategy. It was adopted at council’s meeting last week.

The strategy will be implemented through an amendment to the Alpine Planning Scheme. Further public consultation will take place through the future exhibition of the amendment to the Alpine Planning Scheme.


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