Home to both the TV series River Cottage Australia, and Moruya’s award-winning SAGE Farmers Market, Eurobodalla’s reputation for authentic quality produce with provenance and distinct terroir is growing.
Many of our towns names are well known to foodies. Tilba milk. Bodalla cheese. Clyde River Oysters. More recently, our Shire’s heart, Moruya, has come to prominence as a centre for sustainable agriculture and bespoke produce, and is receiving extensive coverage from food writers and lifestyle TV programmes.
Our air, soil and water are as clean as you will find anywhere. A ‘land of many waters’ is also a land of many valleys, and we have a wealth of rich alluvial soils. With Canberra two hours west, Sydney four hours north, and direct flights to Singapore out of Canberra, paddock-to-plate opportunities in Eurobodalla are significant and immense. Organic foods, and foods with authentic stories of people, place and provenance, offer particular opportunity to value add.
Eurobodalla Council is passionate about our food and the future of our Shire as a premier agricultural area. We actively seek to support, promote and advise people and organisations looking to build a future in food.
In 2016, following extensive consultation with our rural community, Council adopted a Rural Lands Strategy with a key aim to facilitate additional economic development in our rural areas. The Strategy recommends some additional rural subdivision and dwelling opportunities in appropriate locations to promote more small to medium-scale agriculture. These recommendations are being delivered through a planning proposal to amend the Eurobodalla Local Environmental Plan 2012. A draft planning proposal is currently with the Department of Planning and Environment for approval to place it on public exhibition. Following exhibition and consideration of submissions received, Council will progress the planning proposal towards finalisation. Other recommendations of the Rural Lands Strategy will progressively be actioned with the assistance of the Rural Producers Advisory Committee.
More info on: Eurobodalla Rural Producers Advisory Committee.