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Media release, 1 November, 2017

The Western Sydney Regional Organisation of Councils (WSROC) has voiced its support for a proposed fresh food precinct near Western Sydney Airport.

WSROC President Cr Stephen Bali said “This is an industry we should definitely be investigating.

“The area surrounding Badgerys Creek has long been a used for agriculture. An international airport opens up significant opportunities to connect local growers with export markets in Asia and beyond.

“The proposal is estimated to deliver 12,000 jobs in sectors which are well aligned to Western Sydney’s existing economies and local workforce,” said Cr Bali.

“Western Sydney is one of Australia’s largest centres for food processing and manufacturing, but it is also home to significant agricultural production and supporting industries such as logistics, freight, printing, packaging and education[1],” he said.

“A fresh food precinct could also present fantastic opportunities to improve health and social outcomes in the region.

“We see huge potential for community education and social enterprise programs which take advantage of food surpluses to improve access and affordability of fresh food for low income and disadvantaged communities[2],” said Cr Bali.

“At the city-level, the recently released draft Greater Sydney Plan identifies the urgent need to address food security in the Sydney basin. “We should be producing more of our food locally to improve our city’s resilience and reduce costs associated with inter-regional freight.

“We will be keen to hear further detail on this precinct as well as any potential opportunities to support Western Sydney communities,” said Cr Bali.

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Media contact: Kelly-Anne Gee, 02 9671 4333 (ext. 118), 0425 871 868 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

 

[1] Western Sydney University and TAFE NSW agricultural colleges are located at Richmond in North West Sydney. Greater Sydney Local Land Services and Department of Primary Industries also have demonstration farms at this location.

[2] Western Sydney Diabetes. Available from: https://www.westernsydneydiabetes.com.au/western-sydney/food-deserts-and-mapping 

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