The NSW Government has responded to the NSW Agriculture Commissioner's two reports: Improving the Prospects for Agriculture and Regional Australia in the NSW Planning System and Renewable energy generation and agriculture in NSW’s rural landscape and economy – growth sectors on a complementary path.
On 7 March 2022, the Minister for Agriculture and Western New South Wales and Treasurer and Minister for Energy announced formation of a cross agency task force.
The task force is to review the legal and policy framework for managing issues and opportunities that arise from the forecasted growth in the renewable energy and agricultural sectors in NSW over the next 20 years. Established in recognition of the importance of both sectors, the task force will consider the adequacy of the framework associated with the development of renewable energy projects in NSW (focusing on wind and solar projects).
The report, Improving the Prospects for Agriculture and Regional Australia in the NSW Planning System was released by the former Minister for Agriculture, on the 31st of October, 2021.
Daryl Quinlivan was appointed to the role of NSW Agriculture Commissioner in August 2020 - delivering on a key election commitment made by the NSW Government.
In his role as Commissioner, Mr Quinlivan provides advice on agriculture related matters to the Minister for Agriculture and NSW Government generally. He has provided advice on managing the interests of producers and rural businesses and communities in the NSW planning framework, and is currently reviewing the interactions of the renewable energy and agriculture sectors in that same planning system.
Daryl Quinlivan has held several senior roles in the Australian Public Service, working closely on agriculture and trade related issues. More recently he has served as Secretary of the Commonwealth Department of Agriculture and Water Resources (2015 – 2020). Previously he has served as Head of Office for the Commonwealth Productivity Commission (2013 - 2015), and as Deputy Secretary at the Commonwealth Department of Agriculture (2000 - 2011).
Mr Daryl Quinlivan