- Landholder and Community Survey
Moorabool Shire Council have commenced the preparation of the Bacchus Marsh Irrigation District (BMID) Planning Study.
The objectives of the BMID Planning Study are to;
- review the current and ongoing use of land within the BMID;
- provide direction on the future of the BMID; and
- recommend planning policy and controls for both the protection of, and development in, the BMID.
The BMID is a state significant irrigation and agricultural district administered by Southern Rural Water. It supports most of Bacchus Marsh’s agricultural production, due to its fertile alluvial soils and location in the Bacchus Marsh Valley and its produce from the district is transported throughout Australia and internationally.
The need to undertake the BMID Planning Study was identified as an action within the Bacchus Marsh Urban Growth Framework, 2018. The Bacchus Marsh Urban Growth Framework, 2018 also lists the BMID Planning Study as a precondition to the development of the new residential growth precincts at Merrimu, Hopetoun Park and Parwan Station.
The below map shows the extent of the Bacchus Marsh Irrigation District Area
At the same time as the BMID Planning Study is being prepared, Council is also developing a Rural Land Use Strategy to provide strategic vision and direction for the extensive rural areas throughout Moorabool Shire. Further information on the Rural Land Use Strategy can be found here.
(Please note that the survey is the same for both the BMID Planning Study & the Rural Land Use Strategy)