North Wanneroo Agriculture and Water Taskforce set up to discuss horticultural issues in Carabooda, Nowergup and Neerabup


Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan with Wanneroo MLA Sabine Winton, who will chair the taskforce.
Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan with Wanneroo MLA Sabine Winton, who will chair the taskforce.

A TASKFORCE will start next month to consider issues affecting horticultural development in Carabooda, Nowergup and Neerabup, including water supplies.

The State Government has created the North Wanneroo Agriculture and Water Taskforce, which will hold its first meeting on December 8.

The taskforce aims to resolve water allocation and land use issues in the northern part of the City of Wanneroo by bringing together key government and industry stakeholders.

Wanneroo MLA Sabine Winton, who is a Nowergup resident, will chair the taskforce led by the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development to “tackle these difficult issues head on”.

“Growers need certainty and I look forward to working collaboratively with growers to find solutions,” she said.Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan said the area offered opportunities for year-round horticultural production as it was close to markets, workforces and infrastructure.

“However the area has been held back by ongoing uncertainty over water and land use planning,” she said.

“The taskforce will get on with finding solutions to these ongoing issues to create new job opportunities throughout north Wanneroo.”

Invitations to join the taskforce have sent to representatives from the City of Wanneroo, industry groups, the Department of Water and Environmental Regulation and the Department of Planning, Lands and Heritage as well as local producers.

The Wanneroo council is due to consider a recommendation to endorse mayor Tracey Roberts and chief executive Daniel Simms, or his nominee, as representatives on the taskforce at next Tuesday’s council meeting.

In the invitation, the minister said the State Government taskforce was “the most appropriate mechanism to ensure the sustainability of this important food growing region”.

The November council report said the council adopted an agribusiness position paper in February 2016 and the taskforce would help in related projects such as agri-precinct planning.

The group will consider options for water efficient horticulture, impacts of climate change, ways to support horticultural development and create land and water security.

It is due to report back to the State Government by June 2018.

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