Agriculture

The Yarra River corridor provides land for mixed- use farming including grazing, orchards, groves, plantations, vineyards and market gardens. Agriculture data pertaining to the Yarra River corridor was obtained from the Victorian Land Use Information System 2016 and buffered 1.1 km around the Yarra River corridor, which is greater than the geographic scope applied to the rest of this report. The Victorian Land Use Information System 2016 dataset has been created by the Spatial Sciences Group of the Agriculture Victoria Research Division in the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport, and Resources (DEDJTR). It covers the entire landmass of Victoria and separately describes the land tenure, land use and land cover across the state at the cadastral parcel (property title register) level.

The Gross Regional Product of the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges is $574 million. There is a higher proportion of mixed farming and grazing and vineyards in the lower rural reach compared to the other Yarra River reaches. Coldstream (lower rural reach) has the greatest area of mixed farming, grazing and vineyards comparatively to other suburbs in both the upper and lower rural reaches.