Our dedicated Agribusiness Officer can visit you to discuss your potential business or the issues affecting your existing enterprise.
We hold free, confidential meetings on-farm to get a solid understanding of your operations and your land.
To book a free on-farm consultation, call our Agribusiness Officer on 9217 2593 or email Agribusiness@whittlesea.vic.gov.au.
The Agribusiness Program supports the rural productivity actions of the Green Wedge Management Plan.
Land Capability Assessment Maps
We are working in partnership with Deakin University and the local farming community to investigate the potential of agricultural in the rural north of the municipality and its role in supporting the economic and environmental sustainability, and social wellbeing of our community now and into the future.
If you would like further information about the project and assistance with using the Land Capability Assessment Maps, contact our Agribusiness Officer or call 9217 2593.
Farmers market feasibility survey
We are keen to support our local farmers and food producers, and are exploring the idea of establishing a farmers' market locally. We recently surveyed residents and agribusinesses and are now progressing the idea.
We produce a quarterly newsletter targeted specially for our rural residents, featuring useful information on topics that impact farmers and rural land owners.
To obtain a copy of the latest edition of Rural News and for editorial enquiries, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Small blocks, big ideas
In April 2015, our ‘Small Blocks, Big Ideas’ Forum told the stories of 3 profitable small-scale farmers making the most of their farming operations:
- Tammi Jonas of Jonai Farm
- Ben Falloon of Taranaki Farm
- Rod May of Captain Creek Organics
Kirsten Larson also showed the potential of alternative food distribution models and connecting the farmer direct to the customer.
Buying local food
When you buy locally grown food, you are supporting your farming industry.
Get to know some of the great farmers in our area. Visit their farms, experience their passion and enthusiasm for growing quality produce and take home some of the freshest and tastiest food you could find anywhere.
Find local produce suppliers.
Sustainable Land Management
Caring for the health of the local environment is vital to ensure the long term sustainability and economic viability of your own land, and to minimise the impacts on your neighbours and the broader community.
For expert advice, call our Sustainable Land Management Officers on 9217 2323 or 9217 2493, or email Sustainability@whittlesea.vic.gov.au.
We provide rate rebates to responsible land managers and farming businesses. See Sustainable Land Management.
We also offer a discounted farm rate for properties that we classify as farm land. See our Rates page.
Over the last three years, the Victorian State Government has been conducting a review of land use planning regulations for intensive animal production. The review was prompted by a number of high profile cases where farming businesses had been negatively impacted through the application of the current framework.
We have been actively involved in advocating for positive change to the regulations to foster local, innovative farming practice and to encourage the production of local food.
The latest round of submissions closed late last year and attracted much attention, with over 170 submissions.