Byron Shire Council’s Agricultural Extension Officer Andrew Cameron is looking to connect with farmers and landholders, in a bid to revitalise and support the primary production sector in Byron Shire.
Council’s latest economic data has shown a decline in primary industry output in the Shire.
“We are seeing more and more people selling up in the city, and moving to places like Byron Shire to live on the land or large ‘lifestyle lots’,” Agricultural Extension Officer Andrew Cameron said.
“Our large ‘lifestyle lots’ are beautiful places to live, but they are also prime land for farming and food production.
“It can be an overwhelming task to take on land for the first time and we are now offering a support service to help people overcome some of those challenges.”
“As part of my role, I’m here to help new land owners with ideas on how to manage the land productively and sustainably. Whether they take on the work themselves, or connect with a local farming partner,” Mr Cameron said.
A former ‘tree changer’ himself, with over eight years experience farming and running a small agricultural business locally, Andrew is committed to nurturing the local agricultural sector to become more sustainable and embrace more regenerative practices.
“I am offering free one-on-one-consultations, with local farmers and landowners, to offer a range of support services, solutions, networking and funding opportunities,” Mr Cameron said.
“Council is committed to ensuring Byron Shire land is used in a productive, sustainable way. We want to ensure local farmers are able to work in a way that is profitable while achieving positive environmental outcomes,” he said.