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Copper Coast and surrounding areas is one of Australia's prime agricultural regions dating back to 1860's. Many initial lease holders are still farmers today, leading the way with modern sustainable agricultural practices.

As farming methods and market demands change, land owners look to other farming and/or commercial operations for viability. In doing this, could be classed as a Change of Use. For examples existing dry land cropping property proposing to change to one of the following:

  • intensive animal keeping means the keeping of husbandry or animals in a broiler shed, chicken hatchery, feed-lot, kennel, piggery, poultry battery or other like circumstances, but does not include horse keeping

  • horticulture, viticulture

  • storage sheds/fixed grain cleaning plant/hay shed plant

  • mining and crushing plants

  • wind farms

  • solar battery storage etc

Changing the use will require development approval.  Major concerns and possible impacts to the land, neighbouring properties and  community at large will require consideration with the application addressing the following:

  • potential environmental harm

  • detrimental to the amenity of the locality

  • chemical spray drift

  • pest management

  • soil management including drift

  • wear and tear on roads

  • noise management

  • current infrastructure impact (electricity, water) etc

The Development Plan outlines buffer areas between diverse rural and urban land uses. Council is committed to planning strategically, and to establishing policies that support rural land-uses and protect residential, native vegetation and other sensitive land-uses.

Farm Buildings

Farm buildings are defined as a building used wholly or partly for the purpose of farming which might consist of but not limited to livestock barns and shelters, farm machinery and supply storage building, buildings and facilities for crop storage, including fodder and special purpose structures.

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To obtain further information or to discuss your specific circumstances, please contact our office ph (08) 8828 1200 option 3.