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Linda Martin-Chew

Director, The Rural Planner

Linda Martin-Chew has more than 15 years professional experience as a local government planner and a deep understanding of the requirements of councils in Melbourne’s peri-urban regions. She is also recognised in Victoria as an advocate for planning reform to support sustainable, ethical agriculture.

Prior to studying rural and regional planning, Linda spent 10 years as co-owner of a 24ha property in Central Victoria, breeding commercial Angus cattle.

Now Linda’s time is divided between her role as a strategic planner in local government and her planning consultancy, which specifically focuses on assisting peri-urban landholders. Her consultancy work provides the opportunity to assist people with achieving their vision for successful farm businesses undertaken in an environmentally and ethically responsible way. Linda is hopeful about the agricultural future of Victoria, despite the challenges of urban encroachment and climate change.