“Our Mission is to be the leading glasshouse operation in Australia, but we are also committed to bringing employment, training and innovation to regional communities," said Miles Sterrick, Director of Nectar Farms. "In Oberon, we plan to invest $120 million over the next four years and create over 500 jobs when fully operational.”
Oberon, in the Southern Tablelands of NSW, is about 130 km from Sydney. “We will provide modern, high value employment to Oberon, including training and mentorship programmes, and we are currently in discussions with skills and training providers to help bring innovation and internship programmes direct into the community.”
Both of the Nectar Farms glasshouse projects will consist of high tech greenhouses with hydroponic production technology. Partners in the project are Dutch companies VEK, Westland Greenhouse Projects (WPC) and Australian greenhouse consultant Graeme Smith in his role as Technical Advisor at Nectar Farms. “We’ve assembled a really experienced team at Nectar Farms to make this happen, and we’re utilising the very latest glasshouse technology from the Netherlands. We’re all truly excited about this opportunity and can’t wait to work with the community of Oberon to make it happen," said Sterrick.
About Nectar FarmsNectar Farms is an agri‐business dedicated to transforming the current Australian farming model. Founded in 2014 on the belief that successful agri‐business can work hand‐in‐hand with the local community, whilst also safeguarding the environment.
Its "smart farming" system focuses on glasshouses, hydroponics and high‐wire cultivation. They are currently building the first two projects ‐ one in Stawell, VIC and the other in Oberon, NSW, which will have a total of 80 hectares of glasshouse facilities when fully operational. These two sites alone will represent 50% of the current large‐scale tomato growing glasshouses in Australia. The projects are expected to create over 1000 jobs and add $125m p.a. regional value. “Our goal is to become the leading protected‐cropping horticulture company in Australia – which in turn will: Support Australian food security; Promote regional Australian communities through employment, training and innovation, and; Protect the environment through clean energy, resource conservation and clever planning”
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