• Reforms for rural zones

    THE Victorian Government’s Rural Zone Reforms, approved by Minister for Planning Matthew Guy last week, only answers part of the puzzle, according to the state’s peak farmer body.

    The final stage of the Zone Reforms, to be gazetted on September 5, means that Victoria’s six rural zones now include the Farming Zone, Rural Living Zone, Rural Activities Zone, two Green Wedge Zones and the Rural Conservation Zone which, between them, cover the vast geographic majority of the state.

    Mr Guy said the purpose of the new rural strategy is to make it easier to start and operate rural industries and to give rural and regional councils much greater flexibility in managing their own municipalities.

    The key changes include:

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