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Almost 150 turn out to Demonstration Farm launch

A CROWD almost 150 people turned out to the launch of the new Greater Sydney Local Land Services Demonstration Farm today, a site supporting best practice in land management, agriculture and biosecurity.

General Manager David Hogan said the new site would not only provide growers and the agricultural industry a place to see and showcase innovative agricultural initiatives, but also give the broader community a centre of excellence in all aspects of management.

“Our site will showcase and support best practice agriculture, biosecurity and natural resource management and will also include an Aboriginal Cultural space. We want this to be a mutual space for everyone interested in getting the most out of their land, environmentally and productively.”

Mr Hogan said the site was ideally placed on the Richmond Lowlands on the site of the Western Sydney University River Farm which was rich in history significant to the local agricultural industry and education in the region.

He said new site built on the success of the former demonstration farm which showcased best practice vegetable varietal trials.

“We worked over many years to engage and support growers and land owners by showcasing various vegetable varietal trials, hosting field days, farm walks and training days at our former farm with attendance increasing year on year,” he said.

“Increasing support from industry and the community has meant we needed to find a larger site to meet grower demands and provide new opportunities across the market with an emphasis on Sydney’s core industries including horticulture, turf and mixed farming.”

Mr Hogan said the success and interest of the launch alone was evidence of its importance to the region.

“We already have industry funded crops in the ground and a series of other opportunities on the table,” he said.

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