BY AMY LAWTON, SOCIAL RESEARCH AND INFORMATION OFFICER, WESTIR LIMITED  

 

Cities around the world have grown rapidly in recent times, with urbanisation occurring on the fringe of metropolitan regions and leading to the loss of peri-urban agricultural land and its activities. Peri-urban agriculture is the growing of plants and raising of animals around, about and beyond cities, as well as related resources, products and services for local consumption. Australian cities, such as Greater Sydney, have experienced unprecedented growth over the last three decades, and the threat of urban encroachment on its peri-urban agriculture has attracted ongoing public attention.  

The aim of this research paper is to analyse the most recent data available on peri-urban agricultural land use, activity and workforce for Greater Western Sydney (GWS), the rapidly growing peri-urban region of Greater Sydney.  

The research report, along with a shortened research summary, can be viewed below.  

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Summary