Calls for feedback on farm’s future

Tristan WheelerManjimup-Bridgetown Times
The Boyup Shire Council is seeking public submissions on the future of Rylington Park.
Camera IconThe Boyup Shire Council is seeking public submissions on the future of Rylington Park. Credit: South Western Times

Boyup Brook Shire Council is seeking submissions on the future of community-owned farm Rylington Park.

On December 5, 2019, the council called for written submissions regarding the future of the farm, after a vote to seek public consultation was carried seven to two at an ordinary council meeting that occurred on November 21.

The farm is leased by the council to the park’s management, with the lease set to expire in March.

The farm was donated to the council in 1985 by Eric Farleigh.

“The lease should be renewed simply because Eric Farleigh — the owner of the farm — vested it in the shire for the purposes of training for agriculture,” Rylington Park chairman Harold Wass said.

The farm has been used as a research and training facility, and has hosted free shearing schools for students thanks to a sponsorship from the Australian Wool Initiative.

Other programs include wool classing courses, scholarships for Boyup Brook residents attending agricultural schools and two field days annually, including the popular Storm in a Teacup women’s field day.

The management committee and caretakers wish to see the lease renewed on its current terms.

Shire president Graham Aird said with the lease due to expire it was time to examine the benefit that the community was deriving from the park.

“This is a community asset and people within the Shire of Boyup Brook own this asset and they need to work out what they want to do with it,” he said.

“In tough economic times when there is not a lot of money around from State Government agencies, there is a sizeable asset there that could be benefiting our community, but potentially in another form.”

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