The Department of Primary Industries, as part of the NSW Government’s commitment to the City Deal, is examining what a world-leading agribusiness precinct might look like in Western Sydney.
This precinct would support the production and value-adding of sustainable, high-quality fresh produce and pre-prepared consumer foods, bringing opportunities to existing and new businesses, markets and products. Its sustainability will be underpinned by circular economy principles: integrating food production, industry collaboration, research and development, energy, waste and water.
Linked directly to a planned freight and logistic hub, the agribusiness precinct has the potential to enable delivery from farm gate to international consumer plate within 24 hours.
The Western Sydney Airport Agribusiness Precinct Feasibility Study considers the concept of a world-leading agribusiness precinct adjoining the new Western Sydney Airport. An industry focused and industry led approach , we engaged with more than 110 stakeholder organisations and 400+ stakeholders across industry, community and the three levels of government. We’ve incorporated the insights gained into the vision and direction for the precinct.
Importantly, the work found that with increasing demand for fresh food from both domestic and overseas markets, an integrated intensive production hub could transform fresh food production. For example, a 500-hectare hub could support 2,500 new direct and 12,000 indirect jobs, with up to 96,000 tonnes of additional fresh food production capacity each year at full production. This could generate $2.8 billion in additional revenue over a 10-year period.
The hub presents circular economy possibilities of significant value, including energy generation and smart grid distribution; innovative off-grid energy solutions; recycled water use; and opportunities for renewables and waste solutions. The benefits generated by the hub could help to underpin an agribusiness precinct in the Aerotropolis.