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Every City Should Have a Farm

The City of Sydney’s plans to develop a working farm in the heart of the city have been backed by gardening and agricultural experts and community groups.

The City Farm, located in Sydney Park will provide farmers markets with fresh, locally-produced food, an urban fruit-filled orchard and sustainable educational programs.

Television gardening expert Costa Georgiadis congratulated the City on a fantastic initiative that will transform people’s understanding of local food production.

“This is one of the best developments to happen in Sydney in decades – every city should have a City Farm,” Costa said.

“This farm will be a legacy that will help reconnect people with local and seasonal food. It will become a well-loved place to understand how to grow food, cook it, preserve it and then share it in the heart of a thriving community.  I’m on board this tractor for the long haul.”

Local landscape architect, Belinda Dods, said the City Farm would open up great opportunities for residents of all ages in the city.

City of Sydney Farm

“It’s so important for people to learn about the seasonality of food so this is a really great opportunity for hands-on learning in the heart of the city,” Ms Dods said.

President of Sydney City Farm Community Group Katy Svalbe said there is over 1,500 supporters for the City Farm on their mailing list, and around 2,000 more on social media.

“The Sydney Farm Community Group promotes the establishment of city farms for a green and sustainable future in urban Sydney,” she said.

“We support the establishment of a City Farm in Sydney Park and congratulate City of Sydney on the steps taken so far towards achieving the goal.”

Georgie Pollard is the owner of local café Concrete Coffee and said the City Farm would be a fantastic source for fresh, seasonal organic produce for businesses in the area.

“We buy local for several reasons – local producers are people you can get to know, and out of that relationship you get an understanding of the care that they put into their product,” Ms Pollard said.

“A City Farm will play a vital role in educating the community about the importance of locally grown food as well as supplying fresh fruit and vegies for local café owners like us.”

Brian Jones from the University of Sydney’s faculty of agriculture and environment said a community-oriented City Farm would be a real asset for Sydney Park and a valuable educational resource.

“The primary objective of the City Farm is to teach children and citizens about the challenges, realities and opportunities of food production,” he said.

“The City Farm will be a valuable educational resource to build community appreciation and understanding of the importance of agriculture. We look forward to working with the City Farm in the future.”

Murray Wilton from the Royal Agriculture Society of NSW said they fully support the City Farm which will play a vital role in agricultural education.

“Once children are engaged and focused on agriculture, they’re encouraged to investigate and become more aware of the industry.” Mr Wilton said.

“The Royal Agriculture Society of NSW aligns ourselves with selected organisations that will benefit agricultural education, and we believe the City Farm will do that.”

Lord Mayor Clover Moore said the inner-city farm – allowing city folk the chance to step into country life – would cater for dozens of educational, community and cultural activities.

“We’ve worked closely with the community to develop this vision for a place where city people can engage with local and global ecological challenges in beautiful Sydney Park,” the Lord Mayor said.

“The City Farm has huge social, community and environmental benefits, offering our inner-city residents a taste of life on a farm, a place to forge new friendships, and the opportunity to learn more about how food is produced.

“With more people than ever living in the inner city and choosing to raise families here, the City Farm will be an important place for people to see where their food comes from – as well as the chance to grow their own – and find out more about living sustainably.”

Based at Sydney Park in St Peters, the City Farm will include:

– Gardens and an orchard producing fresh fruit and vegetables annually;

– A weekly organic farmers’ market;

– Composting and waste management programs;

– Regular sustainable lifestyle training and educational classes, and;

– Community volunteering opportunities.

The farm will initially be managed by the City of Sydney before becoming a not-for-profit community enterprise in the medium term.

Sekai Holland to give the City of Sydney Peace Prize Lecture

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s support for Morgan Tsvangirai, Prime Minister of Zimbabwe, and Mr Tsvangiriai’s unwavering commitment to reconciliation for his people are optimistic signs for the future Zimbabwe. According to Mr Tsvangiriai, the Australian government’s possible lifting of sanctions would also be helpful, even if controversial.

On an official visit to Australia, Mr Tsvangirai’s says he cannot afford to “look back and be acrimonious”.

Professor Stuart Rees, Chair of the Sydney Peace Foundation, who attended Monday’s private lunch at Parliament House for the Zimbabwean Prime Minister, comments,

“The Australian Prime Minister’s support for democracy and human rights was an invaluable recognition of the courage shown by members of the Movement for Democratic Change in Zimbabwe by cooperating with President Mugabe. Making peace with your enemies is much more significant than being in solidarity with your friends”.

The Sydney Peace Foundation is giving specific support to reconciliation in Zimbabwe in its choice of Co-Minister for Reconciliation, Healing and Integration, Zimbabwean Senator Sekai Holland, as the 2012 recipient of the Sydney Peace Prize.

During Monday’s lunch Prime Minister Gillard praised Mr Tsvangirai as “a hero”, placing him among the ranks of other leaders who’ve made a difference in human rights over the decades. Rees says, “If Morgan Tsvangirai is a hero, then Sekai Holland is a heroine – they have both suffered torture, have both shown enormous courage and they are both working with their former enemies to achieve a more just future for Zimbabwe”.

Senator Sekai Holland was announced as the 2012 Sydney Peace Prize recipient in May this year at a reception in Harare, Zimbabwe, hosted by the Australian Ambassador to Zimbabwe and attended by Mr Tsvangirai.

Senator Holland will give the City of Sydney Peace Prize Lecture in Sydney’s Town Hall on November 7 and will receive the Sydney Peace Prize at a Gala Dinner on November 8th.

Sydney revellers share why there’s nothing like New Year’s Eve in Australia

Revellers across the world will be able to see for themselves why there’s nothing like celebrating New Year’s Eve in Sydney, thanks to Tourism Australia’s latest digital and social media campaign.

Tourism Australia has created a short film overnight featuring footage downloaded by thousands of Sydney revellers sharing their New Year’s Eve experience via an iPhone app created specially to mark the year end celebrations.

The film titled Project:12 captures the shared experience and emotion of welcoming in the New Year with friends and family against the magnificent backdrop of Sydney’s world renowned fireworks display.

Tourism Australia used its Facebook fan page to source stories of people travelling to Sydney to celebrate with their family and friends, filming Skype interviews, emotional re-connections at the airport and festivities throughout the evening.

These stories were edited together with user-generated video clips, uploaded via the City of Sydney’s NYE iPhone app, and the official broadcast footage of the fireworks within just hours of the midnight celebrations.

Project:12 was released on Tourism Australia’s YouTube channel and distributed internationally via social media networks before many other parts of the world reached their own 2012 countdown.

The initiative is part of a Tourism Australia and City of Sydney joint venture to show the world why there’s nothing like celebrating New Year’s Eve in Sydney, Australia.

Tourism Australia Managing Director Andrew McEvoy believes New Year’s Eve and the world-famous Sydney fireworks display provides the perfect platform to showcase Australia to the world.

“As clocks around the world count down to 2012, we’re looking forward to leading the global celebrations and, through this video, allow revellers across the globe to share in one of world’s most spectacular New Year celebrations and see for themselves why there truly is nothing like Australia for New Year’s Eve, for fun and for a holiday,” Mr McEvoy said.

To watch Project:12 go to www.youtube.com/australia.

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