I’m thrilled to see Council take another important step towards the realisation of our City Farm. Set for creation in St Peters’ Sydney Park, the Farm will showcase what the community can do in terms of local food production and sustainability. Staff have estimated the City Farm will produce 4.5 tonnes of fresh foods each year.
The City Farm Master Plan is set to be endorsed by the City at the May Council meeting. Construction is due to commence in December and Council hopes to open the City Farm by July next year. The design for the space will incorporate greenhouse facilities, orchards, composting areas and outdoor cooking facilities as well as room for a chicken pen and native bees.
I am most excited about the educational opportunities this project presents. The Master Plan aims to provide 100-300 training and education programs per year including cooking and animal husbandry. The education component will be the subject of further community consultation. The Supporting the education programs will be expertise from the University of Sydney, the University of NSW and the Powerhouse Museum.
While the future looks bright for the City Farm one question still remains that may impact the operations of the Farm. The Baird Government is yet to reveal the final plans for the Westconnex tollway. It is understood they are considering reclaiming a section of Sydney Park for road widening along Barwon Park Road to manage the extra traffic the project will deliver to the area. The Greens will continue to call on the Government to reveal more details about the Westconnex project.