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Sydney Park in St Peters and the disused Powerhouse Museum car park could soon become sources of fresh farm produce in the heart of Sydney, with the first step in realising a City Farm set to go before Council.

Responding to requests from residents and several community consultation sessions, the City of Sydney has prepared a City Farm Feasibility Study. The study outlines potential sites, management models and implementation strategies for the project.

"City Farms provide hands-on experiences that teach residents, businesses and schools important lessons about food production and sustainable living in an urban environment," said Lord Mayor Clover Moore MP.

"The development of a fresh food farm in the City would provide wide social, community and environmental benefits, giving Sydneysiders a chance to get their hands dirty and improve their ability to live green."

Depending on community feedback, the proposed City Farm could feature communal composting facilities, food outlets selling organic produce such as farmers markets, demonstration gardens and orchards, space for community art projects and events, educational facilities and displays about sustainable living, and small farm animals.

The idea was first raised by Sydney City Farm, a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to establishing a farm in central Sydney. They approached the city with the hope of finding a suitable site for the project.

Sustainability hubs are currently being built or considered in other areas, like Randwick and Blacktown, but central Sydney, itself, is one of the few major Australian cities that doesn’t already have a City Farm.

If endorsed by Council, the feasibility study will be placed on public exhibition and further community consultation will take place in early 2011.

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