How is the Sydney City Farm community organisation involved?
We are working with Sydney City Farm (SCF) as well as other organisations and local residents during the planning process. Two representatives from the SCF committee have been appointed to the City Farm Advisory Group to have an ongoing input into the planning for City Farm.
How have you consulted the community?
The city farm proposal came about from significant community interest in establishing an urban farm. As part of the feasibility study, three community consultation sessions were held to get feedback on the proposal and the sites. Now, an advisory group has been formed with four community representatives. Further opportunities for community consultation will happen during the development of the Master Plan.
How much does it cost?
The City has already set aside $1.5 million to get a new City Farm up and running. We've established an advisory group and we're now asking the community what sorts of things they'd like included in their city farm. The total cost of the project will depend on the final design and what it contains.
What are the next steps for the City Farm?
The City of Sydney is working on the Business Plan for the City Farm, being guided by community feedback from the online forum, Community Day and the Community Advisory Group.
A Summer Farm program is being planned for later in 2012. The next step will be to develop a Master Plan for the City Farm and more consultation will happen with the community in 2013 as this process continues.