The Victorian Code for Broiler Farms
The chicken meat (broiler) industry is a significant component of Victorian agriculture, contributing approximately $400 million annually to the Victorian economy. The industry has an established base in Victoria, with a well-developed network of processors, feed producers, growers and customers. The Victorian Code for Broiler Farms ('the Code') provides a basis for the planning, design, assessment, approval, construction, operation and management of broiler farms in Victoria. It seeks to present an appropriate balance between the operational needs of the broiler farm industry and the protection of the environment, particularly the air environment for people who live near broiler farms.
Under the Planning and Environment Act 1987 a planning permit is required for all broiler farm development. Compliance with the Victorian Code for Broiler Farms 2009 is applicable and mandatory for the establishment of all new broiler farms and expansion of existing broiler farm. The Code acknowledges existing land use rights, but places rigorous conditions on the development of all new broiler farms and the expansion of existing farms.
This Code was originally developed in 2001 following extensive consultation with industry, community and government stakeholders. The Code became effective in September 2001 when it was incorporated into the Victoria Planning Provisions and all planning schemes in Victoria under the Planning and Environment Act 1987.
The Code was reviewed in 2006–2009 through a consultative process involving the Mornington Peninsula, Golden Plains, Bendigo and Strathbogie shire councils, the Victorian Farmers Federation Chicken Meat Group, the Victorian Chicken Meat Council and a Community Representative. A steering committee comprising representatives of the Department of Primary Industries (DPI), the Department of Innovation, Industry and Regional Development, the Department of Planning and Community Development and the Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA Victoria) was responsible for the development of a draft revised Code which was placed on public exhibition from 6 March 2009 to 8 May 2009. In response to the submissions the final version of the revised Code was prepared.
The Victorian Code for Broiler Farms 2009 was incorporated into the Victoria Planning Provisions and all planning schemes in Victoria on 21 September 2009 and replaces the 2001 Code.
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