Housing estates occupy what was once agricultural land around our cities | Weekly farm
Farmland on the outskirts of our capitals is still disappearing despite government protests that it is trying to stop.
There is no better example than Australia’s largest growing area – Mickleham – Yuroke in the far north of Melbourne.
What was recently a quiet grazing country is once again topping the national charts with an astonishing 33% residential growth rate.
The same is happening at Riverstone – Marsden Park in Sydney’s far northwest which welcomed nearly 9,000 new residents in 2019-20, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
Mickleham is about 35 miles from the city center and was the scene of some incredible farm sales just five years ago.
A 214 ha dairy farm was sold there in 2016 at an estimated price of over $ 60 million.
At the time, it was Victoria’s most expensive farm.
The land had belonged to the pioneer Cocking family for over a century.
The land was divided into thousands of residential lots.
At the same time, the story of Edward, Garry and Keith Troutbeck was shared around the world when their family’s 25ha dairy farm in Mickleham was sold for what would have been $ 50 million.
Their parents bought the place in 1935 for 500 pounds.
The brothers spent 60 years showing their Guernsey cattle at the Royal Melbourne Show.
These exorbitant prices were quickly eclipsed by the sale of a 15ha orchard in Wantirna South east of Melbourne for almost $ 100 million.
Or, in 2018, the staggering price of around $ 200 million paid for a 600 ha beef property in Beveridge, just beyond Mickleham, in 2018.
The Victorian government is digesting public comments on proposed planning reforms to extend protection of farmland and green areas within 100 km of the city center.
“The Victorian government is committed to protecting Melbourne’s green corners and making the farms on our urban fringes work and produce for generations to come,” the government said.
“Some of Victoria’s most productive farmlands are within 100 km of central Melbourne. As our climate changes, ideal farmland conditions become even more important for Victoria’s food production.
The ABS has mapped out where the greatest pressure is:
Strongest population growth 2019-20
- Victoria – Cranbourne East 6300
- NSW – Riverstone – Marsden Park 8900
- Qld – Pimpama 2700
- NT – South Palmerston 830
- ACT Throsby 550
- Western Australia – Ellenbrook 2400
- South Australia – Munno Para West – Angle Vale 970
- Heaps. – Newnham – Mayfield 290
Strongest growth zone 2019-20
- Victoria – Mickleham – Yuroke 32.8pc
- NSW – Riverstone – Marsden Park 27.8pc
- Qld – Ripley 20.3pc
- NT Palmerston South 14.6pc
- ACT – Moncrieff 14.3pc
- WA – Alkimos – Eglinton 10.2pc
- South Australia – Munno Para West – Angle Vale 6.6pc
- Heaps. -Rokeby 4pc
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