16 July 2020

Mayoral Column

Council is collaborating with Regional Development Australia – Sydney to increase farming communities' awareness, knowledge, skills and capacity to adopt best practice sustainable agriculture.

I want to congratulate Regional Development Australia – Sydney (RDA) on receiving the Smart Farms Small Farms Grant from the National Landcare Program.

RDA will use this grant to assist in building the capabilities of current and future land managers to ensure the survival of agribusinesses in Sydney's peri-urban region, specifically in the Hawkesbury and Wollondilly.

This highly productive peri-urban region is uniquely situated between natural bushland and environmentally sensitive areas including the UNESCO world heritage Blue Mountains National Park, the city’s water catchment and highly urbanised areas. Our region provides an important buffer between our bushlands and the city.

The project will seek to build the capabilities of current and future land managers to ensure the survival of agribusinesses in this region..

We are delighted to partner with RDA, as well as Western Sydney Local Land Services, Wollondilly Shire Council and Liverpool City Council on this special project.

The project is titled ‘How to run a resilient and profitable agricultural enterprise in Sydney’s peri-urban fringe in a rapidly changing environment and marketplace’. It will support sustainable agricultural production in Sydney’s peri-urban region and help viable enterprises manage the transition towards more sustainable land management practices and adopt new technologies to meet future challenges.

The Project will aim tofoster ongoing engagement and collaboration between agribusinesses, local Landcare groups and supply chain partners so land managers can leverage new infrastructure and innovations aligned with Sydney’s expansion and the proposed agribusiness precinct.

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