Planning for success
Strategic urban design and planning solutions are urgently needed to underpin investment in Australia’s future food industry.
The Food Food Systems CRC will link with City Deal and regional development programs to ensure that infrastructure and planning schemes actively support advanced, export-ready, urban agrifood systems.
Research themes include:
Sustainable ‘fresh food’ precincts
Master-planned commercial agri-tech precincts that co-locate growing, processing and logistics firms.
High tech indoor farming
Developing new technology for intensive production of fresh food in densely populated environments.
Circular economy solutions
Integrating water recycling, renewable energy and waste management.
Smart logistics and inland ports
Building scale in high value markets for perishable goods demands investment in advanced inter-modal logistics. Australia has the potential for highly efficient cross-border zones based on digital platforms (such as blockchain) that will enable fast and efficient trade of food. The CRC will work with freight and planning stakeholders to design efficient intermodal solutions for premium goods. Western Sydney Airport, Perth Airport and Darwin Airport present exceptional opportunities in this regard.