Tue, 09/18/2018 - 13:40 #1
Hi. I'm new to the forum but have followed for a while. We have a farm in south gippsland vic. Our land is 37.62 hectares. We are wanting to construct a dwelling on our land so we can farm the land and manage it on a daily basis. We are under the 40 hectare minimum to be able to build 'as of right'. Our council are asking for us to prove we intend to use the land for 'Intensive Agricultural use'. We agree land under the 40 hectares should be kept for farming and encourage owners to maintain the land. We are only asking for a small dwelling at the top of the farm for minimal disruption to the land. We have been running beef on the farm for 3 years but we are finding it very difficult to up keep fences, water supply, weeds, feed etc and we have lost a number of cattle due to issues that wouldn't have resulted in a loose of those cattle had we been living there. So I guess at this stage I'm just wondering what definition of Intensive Agriculture am I missing? The council don't seem to care about the extreme restrictions on our overly step topography and inaccessibility which is a long term management issue which we plan to address which once addressed and managed will allow us to intensify the agricultural use.