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31 August 2018 Posted by 

FRESH FOOD PRECINCT CLOSER

KPMG study explores aerotropolis options
Airport RED DWYER
THE prospect of a fresh food precinct adjacent to Western Sydney Airport is one-step closer with funding for a feasibility study approved.


The funding was forthcoming following a recommendation in a report prepared by KPMG for the NSW Farmers’ Association for a study to prepare an investor-ready prospectus on a fresh food precinct at the airport.
 
The report, Think big, think fresh - A fresh food precinct at the heart of Western Sydney, noted a strong argument existed for land up to 500 hectares to be zoned as a fresh food precinct in close proximity to the airport, embracing the best of food production, processing, food assurance and logistics technology.
 
The Department of Planning and Environment has published an indicative location for an agriculture and agri-business precinct adjacent to the airport and the core of the 11,200-hectare Western Sydney Aerotropolis
 
“The precinct will skirt the western edge of the airport and support the transition of existing agriculture in the area, as well as the development of new agricultural opportunities,” the Western Sydney Aerotropolis report said.
 
“Agri-business in NSW and the potential for fresh food markets within the aerotropolis would benefit from easy access to the airport to move fresh food product to direct flights to international markets.
 
“It is envisaged, that following the completion of a feasibility study [by the Department of Primary Industries] the size and location of an agri-port will be identified within this precinct.”
 
Development within the agriculture or agribusiness lands may include:  ongoing agriculture production such as dairying and poultry farming; intensive horticulture such as mushroom and tomato farming; food processing; food research and technology.
 
Other potential industries in the aerotropolis include aerospace and defence industries, advanced manufacturing, and health and education.

 



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