The Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) says draft documents released by the Department of
Environment, Land, Water and Planning in regard to the Distinctive Areas and Landscapes Program
on the Bass Coast unfairly prioritises tourism and disadvantage farming communities.
VFF President Emma Germano said the draft Bass Coast Statement of Planning Policy and
Landscape Planning Controls does little to protect farmers right to farm on land already zoned
specifically for agriculture.
“Farmers are drowning in unnecessary and time-consuming red-tape. The fact that some farmers
will potentially have to apply for permits to build fences on land zoned for farming is laughable.”
“It seems that decision makers have prioritised tourism and views of the landscape without any
regard for farming and the huge contribution it makes to the local area.”
“We need common-sense planning policy that allows our industry to continue to provide the food
and fibre needed to secure our food security and feed people,” Ms Germano said.
Ms Germano added that it is critical that changes are made to the planning system to support the
retention and growth of agriculture in Victoria.
“Repeated failures to address or consider these matters, in response to consultation or preparation
of documents such as this, reinforces industry belief and farming community experience that there is an urban bias in the planning system.”
The VFF is currently drafting a submission in response to the draft documents and is encouraging
impacted farmers to have their say by contacting the VFF on 1300 882 833 or emailing