SUPPORTING OUR GROWERS

If elected in March 2018, a Marshall Liberal Government will amend planning regulations to ensure horticulture netting does not require a planning permit.

THE PROBLEM

Horticulture is an important South Australian industry worth almost $900 million a year at the orchard gate.

There are 3,500 small and medium sized horticultural businesses employing 13,500 permanent staff and 24,000 seasonal staff.

Many of our horticultural businesses have an international reputation for their cherries, apples, pears, strawberries, figs, citrus and wine grapes.

However, planning laws are putting unnecessary restrictions on timely industry growth.

This includes the requirement for an extensive application and approval process for small and simple developments, like the installation of crop protection structures (netting).

Growers must provide details on the visual impact, weight and type of netting to receive development approval in a process which often takes a long time to complete, during which the crop needing covering has been lost.

THE STATE LIBERALS' PLAN

If elected in March 2018, a Marshall Liberal Government will amend planning regulations to ensure horticulture netting does not require a planning permit.

We will replace it with a much simpler requirement that the weight, colour and size of the netting structure have to be appropriate for the council zone in which it is located.

By streamlining the planning regulations in this way, the removal of unnecessary red tape will free up our growers to expand their production in line with demand and employ more people.

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