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Business, Industry and Agriculture Projects

Our Economic Development Unit are currently working on the following projects:


Agricultural Position Paper

With more than one third of Wellington Shire made up of farmland, the agricultural industry including dairy, beef, grains and horticulture is the second largest employer in our region.

Recognising the importance of agriculture to our local economy, Council endorsed its Agriculture Position Paper 2014 (1MB) at its ordinary meeting on Tuesday 1 July 2014. The Paper was developed through extensive consultation, a comprehensive survey and the use of an independent consultant.


Gippsland Agriculture Industry Transformation Project

A joint project by the Gippsland Local Government Network (GLGN) and the University of Melbourne is developing Gippsland-specific climate change and related information. It will help organisations, industries, agribusinesses and the wider community to adapt to the potential impacts of climate change, and to identify and capitalise on the economic and social opportunities for agricultural and associated development across the region.

The project has already produced climate change projects for Gippsland and detailed modelling is now being carried out for 12 agricultural commodities under a range of environmental and economic scenarios, covering commodities currently produced in the region and those that may become more suitable under future climates.


Gippsland Aviation Policy and Opportunities Paper

Funding has been provided as part of the Latrobe Valley Roadmap to identify opportunities and actions to drive a strong aviation section across the Latrobe Valley region capitalising on the current strengths of the RAAF Base East Sale and the Latrobe Regional Airport, home to Mahindra Aerospace. The Aviation Industry Policy and Opportunities Paper will also strengthen the region’s proposal to deliver the RAAF’s Defence Pilot Training School through Defence Project AIR5428.


Coal Seam Gas, Onshore Gas and Other Unconventional Gas

Council continues to monitor matters in relation to Onshore Gas and Other Unconventional Gas exploration and production, which includes Coal Seam Gas. The regulation of the coal seam gas and coal mining industries is primarily the responsibility of the state and territory governments who are also responsible for making decisions in relation to the licensing of mining and extractive industries. For further information please visit the Onshore Gas and Other Unconventional Gas page.


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