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Sue Taylor, Bangalow

I applaud the Farms Not Factories campaign recently launched by the Bangalow community to stop a massive industrial development at 201 Lismore Road on land zoned for agriculture. Taking action to protect good quality farmland is not only timely but indeed forward thinking.

Bangalow has some of the best agricultural land in Byron Shire. Rich soils, high rainfall, and an ideal subtropical microclimate makes our agricultural land some of the best in NSW.

Last week Southern Cross University, Lismore, received $2 million from the NSW Dept of Primary Industries to research organic farming practises in the region. Our shire has a great opportunity to lead the way in agricultural practises.

It would be reckless planning on a local or state level to allow large factories or an industrial estate to sterilise productive farmland when agri-business could be an important part of our region’s future.

Agriculture is highly vulnerable to climate change but also has the distinction of offering a solution to the problem. In a recent report from the UN Climate talks (November 7-18) in Marrakech there was a blunt warning about the need to protect agricultural land for an uncertain future.

Crops and trees can only be grown on good quality agricultural land, while industrial estates have far more options as to where they are located.

Land identified and zoned for Primary Production (RU1) is one of our shire’s greatest assets. It should not be rendered useless by inappropriate development.

I support the Bangalow community in saying NO to this inappropriate use of agricultural land.

 


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2 COMMENTS

  1. Please come to the Council meeting tomorrow where Cr Hunter is trying to get an industrial estate approved on his farm.. If the council vote ‘yes’ then the precedent that his actions will set will define what’s allowed on farms throughout the region.
    As you’ve pointed out – there is a huge amount at stake not just the selfish ambitions of one man but potentially the opening up of all agricultural land to inappropriate development.

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