Managing farm land use conflicts

Katie McRobert, AFI General Manager

While land use conflict is an issue that is not specific to agriculture, it’s one with impacts that are particularly felt in the farming community. Farmers can suffer significant economic impacts from land use conflict, such as loss of productive land to buffers, implementation of remediation measures to mitigate neighbourhood tension, and legal and consultancy costs in defence of complaints. However, AFI’s research on managing farm-related land use conflicts in NSW shows the most severe impacts on farmers from these disputes are non-financial.

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