The Hills Shire Council and The Friends of Bella Vista Farm entered into a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to retain Bella Vista Farm’s rich history and for the continuation of events and activities which pay homage to The Hills’ past and cultural diversity.
Mayor of The Hills Shire, Dr Michelle Byrne and The Friends of Bella Vista Farm member Graham Rawstron jointly signed the MoU at Bella Vista Farm on Wednesday, November 1.
The MoU recognises the integral role The Friends of Bella Vista Farm play in helping to maintain and improve the historic property through fundraising activities, educational projects and other events held onsite.
Mayor Byrne said The Friends of Bella Vista Farm were fundamental to building awareness of the Farm and giving residents an opportunity to visit the homestead.
“Bella Vista Farm is treasured by the people of The Hills Shire and The Friends of Bella Vista Farm through their efforts, hard work and dedication to protecting our past through conservation projects, have continued to breathe life back into our historic homestead,” Mayor Byrne said.
“The Friends have not only helped to create a venue for events, but have established a special place where families and friends can gather, celebrate and make their own memories.
“The Friends deserve our thanks and our appreciation for keeping our rich agricultural past alive,” Mayor Byrne added.
Bella Vista Farm was instrumental in the development of the Australian agriculture industry, including the first merino sheep farm and the foundation of the Australian citrus fruit industry.
The site is still intact and has buildings dating back to when the original grant was issued to Joseph Foveaux in 1799.
The Friends of Bella Vista Farm will hold tours at the Farm on November 5, December 3 and February 4 as part of Council’s Summer Series line-up.
For more information, visit Summer Series website, www.summerseries.com.au.