The NSW Government’s final agritourism policy has come into effect today, making it simpler and easier for farmers to start and operate agritourism businesses across the state.
Minister for Planning and Minister for Homes, Anthony Roberts visited Bilpin today to speak to farmers who can now diversify their income by including agritourism experiences through fast-tracked, or without, planning approvals.
“Whether its farm stays, cafes, cellar doors, retreats, roadside stalls, fruit picking, or small wedding venues, farmers in NSW now have the opportunity to increase cash flow right on their doorstep,” Mr Roberts said.
“Our primary producers have battled through floods, bushfires, drought and the COVID-19 pandemic, and we want to make it easier for them to not only recover, but also to thrive.
“This policy will support and expand the booming agriculture industry. Landowners wanting to diversify their income will be able to start an agritourism business without lodging a development application, as long as conditions are met.”
Minister for Agriculture and Western NSW Dugald Saunders said the changes to the agritourism policy have been welcomed by industry and stakeholders.
“This policy cuts arduous red tape and makes it easier for farmers to diversify without the need to go through an expensive and time consuming development application process,” Mr Saunders said.
“The NSW Government recognises agritourism as a fantastic way of educating people about where their food and fibre comes from and also putting on display some of the wonderful things regional NSW has to offer.”
The NSW Government will work with councils to monitor the policy and how it’s operating, and make sure it’s balancing the needs of farmers and the community.