Making the most of growth at Yass

How will the region grow jobs and businesses locally?

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The speaker panel at Grenfell's The Next Crop forum earlier this year. Australian Farm Institute's Richard Heath (left) will also attend the Yass forum as a panelist.

The speaker panel at Grenfell's The Next Crop forum earlier this year. Australian Farm Institute's Richard Heath (left) will also attend the Yass forum as a panelist.

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As the population around Canberra expands, how will the community in a town like Yass balance jobs and population while also keeping a productive agricultural sector?

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Agriculture remains the top economic driver in the Yass region, despite increasing interest in lifestyle residency as newcomers from Sydney and Canberra make it their home.

So how will Yass take advantage of this emerging population growth without detracting from its important agricultural base, which has also helped make it the attractive community it is?

This will be a focus of the discussion at The Next Crop forum this Thursday night, to be held at the Yass Soldiers Club from 5.30pm.

The discussion panel will look at how the community and surrounding region can take advantage of the increased interest to grow local business, increase job opportunity while retaining the region’s reputation as a great place to live.

Many of the challenges Yass faces are similar to many country communities, such as attracting the right labour, providing appropriate services to attract families, and attracting project funding to develop the right infrastructure to create an environment where businesses can flourish.

However, it has the advantage of location to Sydney and Canberra, and Canberra’s airport, as well as an established wine and tourism industry.

The downside is pressure for breaking up productive-sized parcels of land, as well as where the community’s water will come from, having the right housing and, perhaps most important, is how does Yass and its nearby small towns and villages become home for new business rather than simply becoming satellites of a centre such as Canberra?

The panel at Yass will include:

  • Regional Australia Institute’s ceo Jack Archer, Canberra
  • Sam Burton-Taylor, Kenny’s Creek Angus managing director, Boorowa
  • Australian Farm Institute’s executive director Richard Heath, Sydney
  • Sprout Ag’s ceo Troy Constance, Yass
  • Yass Mayor Rowena Abbey
  • Alison Harker, NSW Farmers and Local Land Services South-East director, Yass

If you’re interested to hear what our panel has to say, then join The Land this Thursday night at the Yass Soldiers Club at 5.30pm to hear what our panel has to say. 

Entry is free and we look forward to hearing what questions and ideas you might have. Finger food will also be provided.

Click here to RSVP on our Facebook event page, where you’ll also find more details.

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