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The Tweed Shire Community Strategic Plan 2011- 2021 identifies the need to foster a viable farming community and improve the environmental capacity of Tweed farmland.

The Sustainable Agriculture Program is a response to these community objectives. By working with local landholders and with support from the Tweed River Committee, Tweed Coastal Committee and state agencies, Tweed Shire Council is seeking to improve the viability and environmental capacity of the Tweed’s farmland with on-ground projects such as those described below.

Sustainable Agriculture Strategy

Agriculture is one of the main land uses in the Tweed Shire. However, a range of social, economic and environmental pressures - including an ageing farming population, changing land uses and increasing variability of environmental factors - are all impacting on the viability of agriculture in the Tweed. At the same time new opportunities are emerging for producers around local food systems and sustainable farming practices. The Tweed Shire Sustainable Agriculture Strategy identifies actions and delivery pathways to address these challenges and opportunities.

A discussion paper was developed in 2011 to describe the background and extent of agriculture in the Tweed Shire. The discussion paper also outlined a range of key challenges for agriculture in the Tweed Shire. The discussion paper posed questions about how to balance environmental, social and economic considerations in Tweed's agricultural and food production systems, and sought public feedback.

Discussion Paper - Sustainable Agriculture Strategy (6.39mB PDF)

Council adopted the Tweed Sustainable Agriculture Strategy in June 2016, following extensive consultation and issues analysis.

Sustainable Agriculture Strategy (2.44mB PDF)


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Census Data
Acid Sulfate Soils
Tweed River Committee
Farmers Resources
Other Links

Projects

Increasing Soil Carbon in Tweed Valley Farmland
Floodgates
Greenbanks
Drain Filling
Blacks Drain Project
Compost Trials
Cudgen Soil Conservation
Research - Australian Research Council Linkage Project LP110100480: Exploiting Natural Processes to Effectively Remediate Acidified Coastal Environments
Research - Australian Research Council Linkage Project: Reducing Export of ASS Products
Research - Greenhouse Gas Monitoring Study
Last Updated: 29 September 2016