A FOOD economy and agroecology strategy is designed to help shape the Mornington Peninsula’s agriculture and food industry.
Mornington Peninsula Shire Council is researching and consulting on the strategy to support growth in the agriculture and food industry and build resilience to climate change through sustainable farming.
The project will examine the peninsula’s agriculture, food and beverage industries at an economic, social and environmental level. It will consider the impact of recent drawbacks, such as the bushfires and COVID-19, on the industry.
The mayor Cr Sam Hearn said the sector, worth about $1.3 billion, was a key contributor to the peninsula’s economy.
“We’re now in the community consultation phase of the project and I encourage primary producers, green wedge landholders, industry representatives, food manufacturers and distributors to contribute and provide your knowledge and expertise to help shape the strategy,” he said.
The first round of community consultation closes Friday 21 August.
Those involved in the industry are urged to complete short surveys at mornpen.vic.gov.au/agrofood
Hard copy forms are available by calling 1300 850 600.