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					                           Byron Shire Sustainable Agriculture Strategy—
                           A Greenprint for a Sustainable Future                           1

          Byron’s Sustainable
          Agriculture Strategy
            Byron Shire Council

                           Did you know that Byron Shire has a Strategy that recognises
                           and promotes sustainable agriculture?

                           The Sustainable Agriculture Strategy contains guiding
                           principles and actions to help achieve our vision of productive,
                           profitable and diverse agricultural enterprises in Byron Shire.

                           Tasks in the Strategy are being implemented by Council’s
                           Sustainable Agriculture Officer, and guided by a group of local
                           producers and community representatives.
Byron Shire Council
                           To get a copy of the Sustainable Agriculture Strategy contact
                           our Sustainable Agriculture Officer, or go to our website.
Station Street
PO Box 219
Mullumbimby NSW 2482

Phone: 02 6626 7000
                            For more information go to:
Fax: 02 6684 3018 
Snapshot of Agriculture in the Byron Shire

The NSW North Coast region supports a wide range of agricultural activities, from
intensive horticulture to broad acre cropping and grazing. Approximately 1 in 12
working people on the North Coast are employed in agriculture, and in the Byron
Shire agriculture is the third largest source of income after tourism and contributes
approximately $110 million to the Shire’s economy, particularly in the meat, milk,
sugar and macadamia industries.

A number of agricultural industries in the region have been established for many
years, such as bananas, dairying, vegetables and sugar cane. But agriculture is a
dynamic industry, and markets forces and other factors have opened the way for
new enterprises such as coffee, macadamias, stonefruit and organic produce.

The Shire’s natural environment is well suited to a variety of enterprises including
sugar cane, macadamias and other nuts, limes, lemons, mandarins, oranges,
avocadoes, mangoes, a range of vegetables – tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce,
zucchinis, marrows, - peaches, nectarines, coffee, cut flowers, herbs, bush foods,
farm forestry as well as a range of animal production – dairies, pigs, beef cattle,
poultry and so on.

Production in the Shire is characterised by relatively small holdings involved in
intensive production with over 53% of landholders involved in some form of
horticulture. Producers are a diverse mix of people with some families who have
been here for generations and more recent arrivals who have come for commercial
and /or lifestyle reasons.

The new farmers have often had previous occupations as professionals and are
starting on their second or third career. The new growers come with new ideas and
are particularly evident in the subtropical fruit and nut industries where they are
using their professional and organisational skills.

Very few farmers now receive 100% of their income from the farm and many
farmers supplement income with off-farm jobs.

Agriculture remains a major land use, but is under pressure for sub-division and
increasing land values. Byron Shire’s Sustainable Agriculture Strategy has been
developed to ensure agriculture stays a part of our landscape, economy and

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