More farmers across the region could soon be swinging their gates open to visitors, thanks to a new policy that makes it easier to set up agritourism opportunities.
Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman and Member for Wollondilly said the NSW Government has released its final agritourism policy aimed at helping businesses thrive.
“We are delighted with these changes – it will make it make it easier for farms to set up supplementary businesses on their properties.
“Whether it’s farm stays, cafes, cellar doors, fruit picking, small wedding venues – it will help bring more tourists to our region and provide endless avenues for primary producers to drive productivity and cash flow on their doorstep,” Mrs Tuckerman said.
“This is an enormous win for our region. Particularly we thank the Southern Highlands Key Stakeholders Group (SHKSG) who have been advocating for these exact changes.” Mr Smith said.
“This new agritourism policy is about cutting the red tape and helping farmers welcome more visitors.”
Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW Paul Toole said the new policy would make it would be cheaper and easier for farmers to diversify their income and support the thriving agritourism sector.
“Agritourism is a growing sector for both the Australian and NSW economies and is expected to be worth $18.6 billion nationally by 2030. It’s important we provide a clear and simple pathway through the planning system,” Mr Toole said.
“We have introduced clear definitions and new planning pathways to allow agritourism activities to happen with either faster or no planning approval, if they meet requirements set out in the policy.”
Minister for Planning and Minister for Homes Anthony Roberts said the finalised policy will support the growing agritourism industry and encourage the next generation to farm the land.
“Our primary producers have shown resilience time and time again over the last few years, battling through floods, fires, drought and the COVID-19 pandemic, and we want to support them however we can,” Mr Roberts said.
“These reforms will help landowners build up their resilience and recover faster from the pandemic and natural disasters by providing another source of income.” The new policy will commence on 1 December. For more information visit www.planning.nsw.gov.au/agritourism