Farmers urged to have say on food supply

28 May 2024 Take the survey

A fourth generation dairy farmer, apple grower and green wedges advocate spoke to the Committee at its Morwell hearing.

A survey has opened to farmers as part of an inquiry into securing Victoria’s food supply.

The Legislative Assembly Environment and Planning Committee is investigating the impacts of urban sprawl and population growth on the state’s foodbowl.

‘We want to hear from people involved in farming and other agricultural businesses on the peri-urban fringe of Victoria’s major cities and regional centres,’ Committee Chair Juliana Addison said.

The 23-question survey is estimated to take about 10 minutes and is looking for information about farms, urban sprawl, population growth and increasing food demand.

It also contains questions about land planning, farm finances and how the Victorian Government can support farmers and ensure the viability of farms on the urban fringe.

‘Please share your perspective by completing the survey so we can ensure our findings reflect your experiences.'

Juliana Addison, Committee Chair

The evidence gathered will be used to inform the Committee’s report to parliament, which is being prepared following the conclusion of its public hearing phase.

Throughout May Committee MPs travelled to the regional areas of Morwell, Geelong, Ballarat and Bendigo to hear from witnesses including farmers, food producers, councils and more.

The inquiry’s report is due by the end of 2024. For more information go to the Committee’s website.