Cardinia Food Network

 
 

Like that old saying ‘ it takes a village to raise a child’, it's going to take every single one of us, from right across the shire and all walks of life, to work together and create a healthy vibrant, and flourishing food future for our community. 

So that’s what we’re going to do!

Cardinia Shire Council and Sustain: The Australia Food Network have come together to initiate a collective impact initiative, to facilitate, support and connect key people all across our community enable LOCAL SOLUTIONS to LOCAL PROBLEMS.

This Collective Impact approach starts with the recognition that no single school, parent, farmer, doctor, organisation, local government or business can meaningfully tackle the monumental challenges we are facing in our local food food system, and that collaboration is essential. Collective Impact provides us with a tried and tested framework to work alongside each other, and maximise our impact through a common vision:

To establish, promote and expand a healthy, delicious, sustainable and fair food system for all Shire residents. 


Here at the interface where city literally meets farm,  the full impact of Melbourne’s rapid growth plays out. Dairy cows browse their paddock as house by house suburbs take shape on the other side of the road. Approximately three to four families move into Cardinia Shire every day, and the population is expected to grow from current levels of 99 192 people to an ultimate population of about 180 306 by the year 2036. This rapid growth and rate of change bring with them both significant challenges, and opportunity as the economic, ecological, political and cultural landscapes transform.

Coupled with this growth is an increase in a range of big, pressing and complex challenges that affect the health, wellbeing and quality of life of many who call this place home.

Some of the factors at play in this include:

  •  For 1 in 5 households the cost of housing constitutes more than half their income

  •  For every essential food outlet, there are 6 non essential food outlets

  • 55% of residents travel outside of the Shire to get to work  

  • 13% of children come from families that ran out of food and can’t afford to buy more

 For 1 in 5 households the cost of housing constitutes more than half their income

  •  For every essential food outlet, there are 6 non essential food outlets
  • 55% of residents travel outside of the Shire to get to work  
  • 13% of children come from families that ran out of food and can’t afford to buy more

Join the Network

The Cardinia Food Network is an open platform, inclusive of all who have the time, energy and passion to be involved.  Please contact Tanya to find out more and join the crew!