IN BRIEF

Local, fresh tomatoes

THE company behind a $24 million tomatoes glasshouse project in Eastern Creek is expected to submit its development application in June.

The Western Sydney Parklands Trust has been granted a lease of 16 hectares on the Great Western Highway to Bennelong Holdings to produce 6500 tonnes of of truss tomatoes each year.

Former premier Barry O'Farrell and former environment minister Robyn Parker said the project would create 110 full-time jobs and supply fresh produce to Sydney supermarkets.

The bulk of the tomatoes gown on the site would replace imported ones.

Ms Parker said the 10-hectare glasshouse would be a flagship facility.

"This $24 million project has a committed focus on healthy food and a healthy environment," she said.

Competition review

Senator for Western Sydney Marise Payne has urged residents and business owners to make their voices heard by making a submission to a landmark review into competition policy.

She said the federal government welcomed the issues paper for the Competition Policy Review. She said the review focuses on the broader competition system to ensure it continues to improve productivity and ensure consumers get the best deal possible.

"I urge all consumers, businesses of all sizes and local government representatives in the electorate of Chifley to give us their insights as soon as possible," Senator Payne said.

Submissions close on June 10.

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