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Eildon locals snubbed in planning talks

State Liberal Member for Eildon Cindy McLeish MP has called on the Andrews Labor Government to host a community information session in the Eildon district regarding the government’s proposed changes to planning controls for Victoria's animal industries.

“Right to farm issues are very significant for businesses and communities throughout the Eildon district. That is why I was so disappointed to see the government won’t be holding an information forum in our community,” Ms McLeish said.

Earlier this month the Andrews Labor Government announced that it would change Victoria’s planning laws following a series of ‘right to farm’ cases involving complaints caused by some intensive animal husbandry cases.

This included the well-publicised case of Murrindindi Shire Council denying Alexandra beef producer David Blackmore a planning permit for intensive animal husbandry.

Ms McLeish said that people wanting to learn more about the proposed changes would have to attend a public forum at either Pakenham on 6 October or at Benalla on 18 October.

In a letter to Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford Ms McLeish said local residents were being denied the opportunity to have their say.

“Whilst community members are able to make written submissions, the ability to ask questions of Department staff would further assist my constituents in better understanding these changes and I am disappointed they are being denied such an opportunity,” Ms McLeish said.

Ms McLeish encouraged locals to contact her office regarding the changes.

“I welcome the opportunity to listen to the community’s ideas regarding these changes and encourage people to contact my office to voice their opinions or to find out more.”

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