THE State Government has started delivering on an election commitment to protect the state’s highly productive agricultural land areas.
Labor member for Bass Jordan Crugnale attended a workshop on the issue in Koo Wee Rup last Tuesday.
She was joined by around 80 other people to provide input into the project, which is being run by the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) in conjunction with Agriculture Victoria.
Ms Crugnale said some of Victoria’s most productive agricultural land is within Melbourne’s green wedge zones, which are large non-urban areas that form a ring around the built-up areas of metro Melbourne.
She said changes in the climate would impact on where crops are grown.
“Reliance on this region, including Gippsland, will become more productive and critical to our food and fibre supply needs,” Ms Crugnale said.
“These areas are vital for providing food to our growing city, supporting local economies and are an important export industry for Victoria.
“I encourage our environment and agricultural community to participate and inform this setting of strategic agricultural land in our region.”
Ninety per cent of the Bass Coast Shire is made up of agricultural land, MS Crugnale said.
Anyone who was not able to attend the meeting in Koo Wee Rup can still contribute to the consultation process at