Life in a rural community can be a very rewarding and beneficial lifestyle once farming activities are understood and acknowledged. If you are planning a move into a rural community, or indeed are already living in a rural location, it would pay to do some investigation in the location before moving. Remember some farming practices are seasonal, so even a roadside inspection may not reveal all aspects of what occurs on a neighbouring farm, especially if you visit out of season. Ask your real estate agent, check with your local council and the surrounding neighbours as to any existing practices you might like to seek more information about, and also if there are any seasonal farming activities you need to know about. The benefits of having a good relationship with your neighbours, both farming and non-farming are:

Keeping good relations between farming and non-farming neighbours will go a long way to preventing or resolving any concerns that may arise, for example:

  • Talk to your neighbour if there is an issue of concern e.g. noise & dust;
  • Neighbours should work together to tackle weeds, fire hazard reduction and pest management;
  • Neighbours should work together to ensure fences are of a suitable standard and condition;
  • Pet owners should ensure that their animals do not stray onto commercial farms, particularly if the farm is running livestock;
  • Livestock owners should ensure that all stock can be identified;
  • Neighbours should alert each other of any suspicious activity i.e. rural theft, poaching etc.
  • Always obtain advice from your local council before undertaking any works and to check if an activity may require an approval.

More information can be accessed on this webpage, including inks to legislation, resources and fact sheets