Agricultural businesses


The future of agriculture in Nillumbik

On Tuesday 24 May 2022, Council at its Ordinary Council Meeting were presented with an action plan that seeks to celebrate our agriculture and enhances discussions with business to retain, sustain and improve the future of agriculture in Nillumbik, taking into consideration geographic, environmental, economic and social trends and demands.

Council resolved as follows:

That Council:

  1. Endorses the Future of Agriculture in Nillumbik Action Plan (Attached below) subject to the removal of Objective 5.
  2. Requests Officers to begin implementation of the Action Plan from July 2022.
  3. Requests that Officers provide a copy of the Action Plan on Council’s website.
  4. Requests that Officers provide an annual update on the Action Plan as part of the Economic Development Strategy.
  5. Requests that Officers notify submitters to the Future of Agriculture project of Council’s resolution.

The meeting minutes and Council’s resolution on the item have been published on Council’s website which are also attached on this page.

From here, Council officers will commence delivering the action plan. The action plan generated from research paper focuses on three objective areas:

  1. Protect, promote and support sustainable, regenerative agriculture and local food systems in the Shire for greater climate resilience and adaptation in the broader community;
  2. Investigate and advocate for diverse, innovative farming systems that foster ecological responsible economic development, local employment, circular resource use and local food systems and security;
  3. Support a vibrant, connected local agricultural community through peer to peer networks, targeted education programs, market access, innovative and active open communication between Council and the agricultural community.

The Future of Agriculture in Nillumbik Action Plan(PDF, 720KB)

Future of Agriculture in Nillumbik Consultant Report(PDF, 3MB)

Council Meeting Minutes - 24 May 2022(PDF, 864KB)

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