Here is our latest newsletter
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Calling all Farmers!
First of all, thank you so much for supporting the Sydney City Farm. We know we promised to keep you updated on developments and apologise for the long break in communication. We’ve been waiting to get our website up and running to receive membership payments and donations. It’s finally happened and you are more than welcome now to go to the ‘Get Involved’ page and help us financially to make Sydney City Farm a reality!
We have been working hard in the interim and here’s what’s been happening.
We have developed and submitted a comprehensive proposal to the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority (SHFA) about how our vision for a City Farm and Sustainable Living Centre could be incorporated into the Master Plan for Callan Park. You can view this proposal on our website.
Sadly, Frank Sartor does not share our vision. In the most recent Draft Land Use Plan (Nov ’07), we have been ignored, and instead, he has opted to endorse a Princeton-style college campus for the University of Sydney.
We have lodged an objection to the master plan.
“The draft plan makes little provision for community based activities such as the City Farm or any other community based activity to be accommodated on the site”, explains Rod Simpson in our submission to the Master Plan process. “Additionally, despite ‘open space’ being the main land use, little consideration has been given to the proposed uses, activities or coherent management of this open space.”
Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority (SHFA) is currently preparing another report on their recommendations for Callan Park. Our team have recently presented their ideas to SHFA in an attempt to convince them that City Farm can exist alongside other proposed uses of the park whilst allowing open community access. The report is due early May.
It remains to be seen if this time we are included as part of the master plan.
You can view our latest concept drawing for the city farm – can you imagine it??
We need your help now!
So now it is time to get our hands dirty! We don’t want to miss the opportunity to get City Farm growing and flourishing. It is now more important than ever you join us to persuade Frank Sartor that a community farm in Callan Park is a great idea. This time, we must not be ignored!
What can you do?
• Come to our Public Meeting – Tell your friends to come
12th July, 12 noon – 1pm at Kirkbridge, Sydney College of the Arts at Callan Park, for a presentation and tour. Why not bring a picnic too?!
• Become a financial member with voting rights at the Sydney City Farm Annual General Meeting to be held in the near future. Check out the membership options on our ‘Get Involved’ page.
• Tell your friends and get them to show their support by registering online for our newsletter.
• Write a blog to make any suggestions.
The Sydney City Farm Committee is made up entirely of volunteers. For us the project is a labour of love. To help it all become a reality, we have engaged a part-time manager and administrator, Carla Thackrah. She has been working hard to update the website and network with all the key players To find out more about who we are, check us out on the ‘About Us’ page.
We will keep you updated as we progress.
Let’s make Callan Park a vibrant place for all to enjoy.
Sydney City Farmers