New glasshouse tomato operation planned for Western Sydney

NSW Premier and Minister for Western Sydney Barry O’Farrell and Minister for the Environment Robyn Parker have announced a new commercial glasshouse project that will create jobs and food crops at Eastern Creek.Mr O’Farrell said the lease granted to Bennelong Holdings Pty Ltd on 16 hectares of Western Sydney Parklands land on the Great Western Highway will see 6.5 million kgs of truss tomatoes produced on the site each year.
“This is good news for the people of Western Sydney with the creation of 110 full-time jobs and it’s great for local food production with plans to supply the fresh fruit to Sydney supermarkets,” Mr O’Farrell said.

“It’s another step towards transforming this land into a thriving, sustainable commercial farming site and further securing Sydney’s food supply.

“The company also tells me the bulk of the tomatoes gown on the site will replace imported ones.

“This investment is a vote of confidence in Western Sydney and the NSW economy.

“The Parklands play an important part in the NSW Government’s commitment to provide for the long-term needs of Western Sydney families,” he said.

Ms Parker said the 10-hectare glasshouse will be a flagship facility under the Western Sydney Parklands Trust Future Farming initiative.

“This $24 million project has a committed focus on healthy food and a healthy environment,” she said.

The Director of Bennelong Holdings James Hamilton said the Eastern Creek project is the first in a series of national large-scale urban glasshouse developments being planned by the company.

“This is part of the company’s broader strategy to provide meaningful action on sustainable agriculture in a commercial model,” Mr Hamilton said.

The Member for Smithfield Andrew Rohan said the project was a welcome boost to local employment and the local food supply.

“It is exciting to imagine that in future years this glasshouse will sit alongside market gardens and orchards,” he said.

“It is another important step for the Parklands and its contribution to a sustainable future for the region.

“This is further proof that the NSW Liberals and Nationals Government is getting on with the job of delivering for the families of Western Sydney,” Mr Rohan said.