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Motives of the Bangalow food collective

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Brookfarm and Salumi will be the key tenants of the proposed Bangalow Food Collective at 201 Lismore Road should the development application be successful.

There has been a lot of rumour and misinformation circulating. We want to share what we stand for and what we will commit to implement through a tenants’ charter to apply to every tenant at the Bangalow Food Collective.

We as tenants commit to:

• creating a unique centre of collaboration for local food producers using local produce;

• creating a visually beautiful landscaped site, screened and surrounded by rainforest regeneration in the paddocks, on the roadside, by the ­buildings and along Byron Creek, incorporating bushfood plantings;

• creating a leading sustainable food production site – including renewable energy generation through extensive use of solar panels, recycling waste and water;

• sharing transport resources to reduce food miles and prohibiting any trucks delivering to or picking up from the Bangalow Food Collective from going down the main street of Bangalow. We believe this is a village precinct and should be preserved;

• creating a small canteen for our staff and site visitors as part of a commercial kitchen incubator. This site is not a tourism centre;

• creating real jobs and careers in the food industry for the people of Byron Shire; and

• working collaboratively with the community we are based in.

Brookfarm and Salumi have outgrown their production facilities. We, like many others in the food industry, have been in discussions with Byron Shire Council for many years about our challenges.

So over two years ago we requested help from Mr Bart Elias, to find us an appropriate site and to build for us a unique food production centre where we could create our products and grow sustainably for the long term. After exploring over five different sites in the northern rivers, 201 Lismore Road was deemed the most appropriate.

Brookfarm and Salumi Australia are food producers who started their businesses in the Byron Shire and are passionately committed to community. We support many projects and fundraisers in the community and work closely with many food businesses in Bangalow.

Should you have any queries that you would like personally addressed, or just a discussion to raise any issues of concern, then please contact us. We are a part of your community and want to remain so for generations.

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  1. I think this is a brilliant venture and am glad it is staying local, unlike the Byron Bay Corn Chips which are now made in New Zealand.
    I wish it was going to be a tourist spot because it would bring more money into the area.
    Bangalow like every town in Australia will expand as the population grows.
    While it maybe nice to live in a quaint little village they don’t stay villages forever and Bangalow particularly is in a very quickly expanding region of NSW with low unemployment. Any opportunity that is going to put so much effort into being renewable and create jobs is to be commended and supported.


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