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28 April 2021
Victoria’s lead farming group remains disappointed over proposed regulations governing camping on licensed water frontage.
The federation believes authorities have largely ignored ‘genuine’ concerns of landholders and the farming community.
Victorian Farmers Federation president Emma Germano said it was unacceptable the State Government continued to ignore the ‘very real’ fears of people who would be affected.
“There’s no stopping campers from settling in for up to 28 days as little as 100 metres from your home on licensed water frontage. It’s safe to say by then many would have overstayed their welcome,” she said.
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“It’s a no-brainer that if camping is to be allowed on grazing licences, then dogs should not be allowed.
“Every livestock farmer knows the very presence of dogs will be smelt and seen by stock, causing disruption and limiting their access to water.
“We urgently need the Victorian government to take a step back and insert some common-sense into the equation.”
The VFF is advocating that farmers should have the right to clearly mark the boundary between private and public land to manage their property.
“Clearly the regulation prohibiting the erection of signs needs to be clarified. It’s entirely appropriate for licence holders to put up signs requesting gates be kept shut, to indicate the border between private and public land and to identify biosecurity protocols,” Ms Germano said.
The VFF also wants to see a system of registration to improve accountability and help farmers with biosecurity compliance.
“The Victorian Fisheries Authority has said it is creating a purpose-built app. We don’t think it’s unreasonable to ensure the app allows campers to register their stay,” Ms Germano said.
“Given the level of concern from farmers on the matter, we need the option of a review process in 12 months’ time to change any regulations that clearly aren’t working.”
Community consultation on the move ends on April 19.
The entire April 28, 2021 edition of The Weekly Advertiser and AgLife is available online. READ IT HERE!