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Saving land for Sydney food growers
May 18, 2010, 11:27 pm
Filed under: food, learning, politics, Uncategorized | Tags: ,

From today’s Sydney Morning Herald:

Swathes of land in the Sydney Basin could be set aside for farming and market gardens under a proposal the state government is considering to stem the loss of agriculture in outlying suburbs.

Under the idea, likely to rile developers vying for greenfield space on the city fringes, new planning powers would be developed to establish the farming-only zones.

The Primary Industries Minister, Steve Whan, will reveal the proposal today at a conference on Sydney’s food security and health hosted by the Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils.

”One of the areas being considered is the possibility of having designated areas for agriculture within the Sydney Basin”, his speech notes for the conference say. ”For example, a new mix of planning tools such as agri-business parks or farming clusters could be the way of the future for farming in Sydney.”


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