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Farmers across the Tamworth electorate could soon be opening the farm gate to a new stream of income thanks to a new policy which will make it easier to set up agritourism opportunities.

Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said the NSW Government had released its final agritourism policy which would help support a fast-growing industry.

“Agritourism has proven to be a big hit with holidaymakers and weekenders and this policy will make it easier for our regions farmers to set up, run and grow agritourism experiences on their properties,” Mr Anderson said.

“When you consider the economic benefit the sunflower trail brings to the Liverpool Plains, it makes sense to give farmers the tools they need to diversify their income by offering farm stays, cafes, retreats, roadside stalls, fruit picking, and wedding venues.”

Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW Paul Toole said the new policy would make it would be cheaper and easier for farmers to diversify their income and support the thriving agritourism sector.

“Agritourism is a growing sector for both the Australian and NSW economies and is expected to be worth $18.6 billion nationally by 2030. It’s important we provide a clear and simple pathway through the planning system,” Mr Toole said.

“We have introduced clear definitions and new planning pathways to allow agritourism activities to happen with either faster or no planning approval, if they meet requirements set out in the policy.”

Minister for Planning and Minister for Homes Anthony Roberts said the finalised policy will support the growing agritourism industry and encourage the next generation to farm the land.

“Our primary producers have shown resilience time and time again over the last few years, battling through floods, fires, drought and the COVID-19 pandemic, and we want to support them however we can,” Mr Roberts said.

“These reforms will help landowners build up their resilience and recover faster from the pandemic and natural disasters by providing another source of income.”

The new policy will commence on 1 December.

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