Agriculture and farming

Sustainable agricultureCouncil recognises the importance of agriculture to the region.

We're working to support an innovative and adaptable farming community so we call all deal with challenges and embrace new opportunities.

Council's Community Strategic Plan 2017- 2027(PDF, 4MB) identifies the need to lead and engage the community to raise awareness and improve sustainable management of the environment, including agricultural land. The Sustainable Agriculture Program is a response to these community objectives.

Alongside local landholders, community groups, state agencies, and research organisations, Tweed Shire Council is working to improve the viability and environmental capacity of the Tweed’s farmland.

This includes education programs, on-ground research and demonstration projects, policy work and advocacy.

Sustainable Agriculture Small Grants Program

Council's Sustainable Agriculture Small Grants Program is available for local producers. Through the program, local landholders are supported to use land management practices that benefit the farm, community and the environment.

If you are a primary producer, market gardener or small lot farmer, a limited number of grants of up to $4000 are available for eligible activities.

Applications are now open for 2021/2022. Applications close on 17 September 2021 however additional grants may be awarded if funding is available. Contact the Program Leader – Sustainable Agriculture on 02 6670 2400 for further information.

Sustainable Agriculture Strategy

Agriculture is one of the main land uses in the Tweed. However, a range of social, economic and environmental pressures - including an ageing farming population, changing land uses and increasing variability of environmental factors - are 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.

Council's Sustainable Agriculture Strategy(PDF, 3MB) identifies actions and pathways to address these challenges and opportunities.

In 2011 a discussion paper(PDF, 6MB) was developed to describe the background and extent of agriculture in the Tweed. The paper outlined a range of key challenges for agriculture in the Tweed. 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.

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