THE company that will set up a long-awaited $24 million tomatoes glasshouse project in Eastern Creek is expected to submit its development application in June.
That was the word from a Western Sydney Parkland Trust spokeswoman when asked if the project announced by Premier Barry O'Farrell in early 2012 was still on track.
The trust granted a lease of 16 hectares of its parklands on the Great Western Highway to Bennelong Holdings in 2012 to produce 6.5 million kilograms of truss tomatoes on the site each year.
The spokeswoman said although the planning approval lodgement was scheduled in June the company would have all the necessary documents in place by April, including financing and project-delivery plans.
"Since Western Sydney Urban Farm lodged the Director-General's requirements that include environmental assessment and environmental impact statement, the trust has been monitoring their progress in the lead-up to submitting their DA," she said.
NSW Premier and Minister for Western Sydney Barry O'Farrell and Minister for the Environment Robyn Parker, who announced a new commercial glasshouse project in 2012, said it would create 110 full-time jobs and supply fresh fruit to Sydney supermarkets.
"It will transform this land into a thriving, sustainable commercial farming site and further securing Sydney's food supply," he said. "The company also tells me the bulk of the tomatoes gown on the site will replace imported ones. The parklands play an important part in the NSW Government's commitment to provide for the long-term needs of Western Sydney families."
Ms Parker said the 10-hectare glasshouse would be a flagship facility under the Western Sydney Parklands Trust Future Farming initiative.