The olive harvest is over for another year. Our plump, ripe kalamata olives are pickling happily. The trees have made a sigh of relief as the weight has been lifted.
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
"The objective of this Neighbourhood Scheme is to facilitate the creation of viable intensive organic agricultural developments by promoting co-operation and self-reliance among the proprietors of Lots in the Neighbourhood Plan." By-Law 1, Neighbourhood Management Statement, Rivers Road Organic Farms, DP 285610.
The above objective can only be changed by unanimous decision by all members of this neighbourhood plan, and therefore is an effective organic covenant.
This unusual application of organic certification formed the basis for Cowra Council approval of the Development Application in 1998. The Council was at the time accutely aware of the risks of rural subdivision in areas of prime agricultural land. They referred to a NSW shire council which had been sued by a resident of a subdivided block adjacent to cotton farms, because of the chemical drift.
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On the banks of the Belubula River, near Canowindra, the rich soils and reliable water are shared in a unique model of rural development - Community Title under organic certification.
Community Title may be compared with Strata Title of high rise apartments who share common facilities such as elevators. In Community Title freehold landowners form a Neighbourhood Association which owns shared facilities such as water distribution, buffer zones, native revegetation and roadways.
The total area of RROF is 140 hectares, divided into 12 farm blocks and ten residential blocks.
Situated on a ridge in the middle of the farms, all houses are constructed using ecological design and earth materials.