SCF meets with Verity Firth.
A big thanks to everyone who wrote or spoke personally to Verity Firth, local member and Environment Minister, about your support for the City Farm concept.
This positive support, along with the success of our public meeting on July 12th prompted Minister Firth to call a meeting with Sydney City Farm representatives.
On Friday July 25th, City Farm committee members Rod Simpson, Brandon Saul and Carolin Wenzel met with Verity Firth. They expressed their opposition to the draft land use plan as it stands. Minister Firth said that she had been inundated with positive comments from the public about the Sydney City Farm proposal and assured us that she would do her best to put a City Farm on the agenda of Planning Minister Frank Sartor.
SCF meets with Frank Sartor
And she was as good as her word. On Thursday August 14, Rod and Carolin met with both Frank Sartor and Verity Firth. We have been asked to supply further details about how a City Farm could work on the site.
SCF meets with SHFA Chairman
Sydney City Farm were also invited to present our concept to Chairman of the Sydney Harbour Foreshore Authority (SHFA) Michael Collins, on Wed July 30th. Mr Collins was personally supportive of the City Farm proposal but felt that Callan Park was not necessarily the right place for it – given the existing political tensions between the land wanted by University of Sydney and the very vocal sporting associations wanting sporting fields. We advised Mr Collins that we now have over 1,000 supporters, both financial and non financial.
Live Green Festival
On Sunday 17th August, we had a stall at the great Live Green Festival in Victoria Park. As always, the positive response to our City Farm and Eco-education Centre proposal was overwhelming and we signed up 250 new members.
You can help now!
SHFA, Verity Firth and Frank Sartor need more evidence to convince them there is strong community support for a City Farm in Callan Park.
As support for a Sydney City Farm swells and the campaign to make it happen escalates, we need more hands on deck to keep pressure mounting. We now need:
- local Leichhardt residents to attend council and other public meetings with us
- people with financial management and book keeping experience and skills
- people to help staff stalls at markets and festivals to recruit new members
- people with data base entry and administrative skills
Please email us with your details and your invaluable help will be put to good use as soon as possible.