Scot MacDonald
FUTURE OF AGRICULTURE ON THE CENTRAL COAST PLATEAU?
13th Nov 2017

Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC is encouraging the Central Coast community to engage with the proposed State Environmental Planning Policy (SEPP) - Primary Production and Rural Development 2017 which is currently being drafted.

Changes proposed include consolidating the following five existing SEPPs to a new Primary Production and Rural Development SEPP:

  • State Environmental Planning Policy (Rural Lands) 2008 (Rural Lands SEPP)
  • State Environmental Planning Policy 30 - Intensive Agriculture (SEPP 30)
  • State Environmental Planning Policy 52 - Farm Dams and Other Works in Land and Water Management Plan Areas (SEPP 52)
  • State Environmental Planning Policy 62 - Sustainable Aquaculture (SEPP 62)
  • Sydney Regional Environmental Plan 8 - Central Coast Plateau Areas (SREP 8)

Primary production is one of biggest industries in NSW and a significant contributor to the NSW and national economies.

The NSW Government is proposing changes to the planning system to further support sustainable agriculture, aquaculture and rural development.

These changes will help ensure planning proposals affecting rural land are properly assessed and provide greater certainty to farmers on the types of activities that will require development consent.

“Primary production is vitally important to the Central Coast and the food manufacturing industry” Mr MacDonald said.

“The proposed SEPP aims to consolidate existing policies to support sustainable agriculture and aquaculture on the Central Coast, where agricultural production is valued in excess of $150 million a year”.

“The proposed reforms are in line with the Central Coast Regional Plan directives to support priority economic sectors and sustain and balance productive landscapes”

Submissions are currently open until 18th December 2017

For further information and to view the proposed SEPP visit: http://www.planning.nsw.gov.au/Policy-and-Legislation/State-Environmental-Planning-Policies-Review/Draft-Primary-Production-SEPP