Banning fracking, protecting farmers and supporting jobs

Work to enshrine the Victorian Government’s historic ban on fracking in the Constitution of Victoria has begun.

Victorian Minister for Agriculture and Resources Jaclyn Symes visited farmers in Gippsland to discuss the next steps in the permanent ban on fracking – which will protect Victoria’s prime agricultural land and the farmers and communities that rely on it.

Victoria’s agricultural sector exports $14 billion in food and fibre products each year and employs over 190,000 people.

The success of this industry depends on Victoria’s reputation for producing some of the cleanest and greenest food and fibre in the world. That’s why enshrining the ban in the Constitution is so important.

Allowing fracking would also jeopardise large sections of the state’s tourism industry, which together with agriculture are worth around $38 billion a year in Victoria.

To boost business and promote our frack-free state, the Victorian Government will provide $1 million for export focused marketing activities, to promote our clean and green food and fibre sector to the world.

This investment will fund a number of Minister-led inbound and outbound trade missions, bringing leaders from agriculture, food processing and government together with major purchasers of agricultural exports.

The campaign will kick off in 2019, capitalising on the Global Table event in Victoria in 2019. Global Table will be the largest food business event ever staged in Australia, with more than 5,000 participants.

It will involve a series of internationally-focused business events that will promote Victoria as the destination for investors and traders to connect with business leaders from across the globe.

Source: Vic Government