From the NSW Department of Primary Industries
The NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) is undertaking a three year mapping program across nine regions in NSW commencing in August 2017 to assist local government and other organisations map important agricultural land. The program supports the NSW Department of Planning and Environment’s regional planning targets that include actions to map important agricultural lands in NSW.
Important agricultural land is land that contains a combination of resources that is highly suitable for agricultural industries. The identification of important agricultural land enables the significance of those lands to be recognised and planned.
A map of important agricultural lands enables landholders, land planning agencies, consultants and industry to consider the location and multiple community values that important agricultural lands provide.
The NSW DPI has produced “A guideline to identifying important agricultural land in NSW”. The guideline explains the factors that need to be considered when developing mapping, different mapping approaches, data sources and other information.
Information on important agricultural land mapping, the Central West mapping project (undertaken by NSW DPI 2012), sustainable agriculture development, and land use planning is available on the Agricultural Land Use Planning website.
The Agricultural Land Use Planning Unit can also assist with any important agricultural industry mapping enquiries by email.
In the south east region of NSW, workshops will be held in the Alpine sub region (Cooma), Tablelands sub region (Yass), Wingecarribee/ Wollondilly (Moss Vale) and the Far south coast (Bega, 28th August 10am – 1.00pm).
Interested parties should email Wendy Goodburn, Agricultural Land Use Planner at NSW Department of Primary Industries, or call her on 02 4824 3736 or 0402 069 605 to be included on the invitation list.
We will broadcast more information for other workshops to be held across NSW in all regions when they are available.