Sydney City Farm: Invitation to comment

City Farms are large demonstration sites designed to educate people about sustainable living. They vary considerably but normally include demonstration gardens and orchards, space for community arts and events, educational facilities and displays about sustainable living, farmers markets and animals.

Sydney City Farm… so far

The proposal for the Sydney City Farm originated with the community association set up to popularize the idea. Initially, the search for a location for the city farm focused on the Callan Park lands in Rozelle, in Sydney’s Inner West. It was due to delays in deciding the future of the Callan Park site that the community association started to search elsewhere.

In 2009, Sydney City Council announced funding for a feasibility study to assess the potential of a city farm that would be located in the City’s local government area.

Clouston Associates started on the public consultation phase of the feasibility study with the first of three public consultation workshops at Customs House, Circular Quay, in July 2010. The second workshop took place at the Sydney Park Pavilion at St Peters in early August, and the third at Redfern Town Hall, also in August.

At the Council of the City of Sydney meeting on 6 December 2010, the exhibition of the Feasibility Study was approved for public comment.

What happens next?

You are now invited to review the Sydney City Farm Feasibility Study and to make comment on it.

Following the closing date for public submission on 25 February 2011, Council will

assess responses and make recommendations for progressing the establishment of a city farm in Sydney.

How to make a submission

The Sydney City Farm Feasibility Study is on exhibition at all City of Sydney libraries and service centres:

Customs House Library, Glebe Library, Green Square Library & Customer Service Centre, Haymarket Library, Kings Cross Library, Newtown Library, Paddington Library, Surry Hills Library, Ultimo Library, Waterloo Library.

The Study is also available for viewing at:

  • the One Stop Shop at Town Hall House 456  Kent Street, Sydney
  • Powerhouse Museum, Harris Street, Ultimo.

Find the Study on the City’s ‘On Exhibition’ page at:

http://www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/Council/OnExhibition/Default.asp

All submissions must be received by Wednesday, 25 February 2011.

Email your submission to:

rgrayson@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

Written submissions: post and mark to the attention of:

Russ Grayson, Coordinator, Community Gardens and Landcare Volunteers

City of Sydney
Town Hall House
456 Kent Street
Sydney NSW 2000.

For more information on the City Farm Feasibility Study contact:

Russ Grayson, Coordinator, Community Gardens and Landcare Volunteers

rgrayson@cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au

Tel: 02 9265 9333.

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