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EPA’s online help for farmers

By Yarrawonga Chronicle

Environment Protection Authority Victoria (EPA) has a one stop shop for online advice for the agricultural community, and is taking requests on what farmers need next. 

EPA Executive Director Damian Wells says there’s already a lot of useful information in the Agricultural Guidance section of EPA’s website.

“We aim to support farmers; equipped with the right advice, farmers can manage the farm in a way that minimises harm to the environment and human health, meets Victorian regulations, and helps them to pass on their farms to the next generation in good condition,” Mr Wells said.

“Victoria’s $13 billion agricultural sector is very broad and we want to ensure our advice meets farmers’ needs. That’s why we’re encouraging them to tell us where they need greater support,” he said.

“Our Agricultural Guidance page includes a simple, two-minute survey that gives farmers an easy way to ask for the environmental advice they most value.”

EPA’s advice for agricultural community is available online at: www.epa.vic.gov.au/business-and-industry/guidelines/agricultural-guidance

It offers useful advice on protecting the environment and human health, and meeting Victorian law and regulations, on:

Livestock planning, including: 

odour modelling for broiler farms 

separation distances between farming and homes or public buildings

approvals for large scale saleyards, piggeries, feedlots or animal holding depots

Farm waste including:

solid waste including silage wrap

effluent

dead stock

old batteries

building compost facilities

waste tyres

farm chemicals and containers

Chemicals, including: 

oils and fuels

cleaning/maintenance chemicals

chemical storage

Noise: generators and other fixed sources

Water: risk management for reusing water

Sediment and dust:

dams, basins and holding ponds

roads/tracks and earthworks

Anyone involved in agricultural activities is invited to make a request or provide feedback via the survey, at: www.surveymonkey.com/r/EPAwebpagereview

Farmers and members of the public can report pollution to EPA’s 24 hour hotline, by calling 1300 EPA VIC (1300 372 842).