Our community food strategy

Following 2 years of work,

input from over 500 people through Kitchen Table COnversations

workshopping with our collective of incredible partners,

public exhibition of the draft and multiple submissions ....

the Cardinia Community Food Strategy and Action Plan 2018 - 2026 was adopted at the Cardinia Shire Council meeting on Monday 10th December 2018! ⠀
With 67 actions and the commitment of over 20 organisations to lead or support the work we need to do to grow a healthy, delicious, sustainable and fair local food system.  

We received so many wonderful ideas and important insights into the challenges we face in food, farming and health.

A big thanks to all of you who contributed your time, knowledge, insight and ideas.   

Watch this space for next steps!

An overview of our consultation process and the key themes, ideas and challenges we heard is available here.

So..what is a Community Food Strategy? 

We are working to develop a 'whole of community' response to the challenges we are facing in relation to our food, farming and health, in partnership with local businesses, residents, community groups, schools, sports clubs, local government, farmers, health organisations, AND families!

The Community Food Strategy will be compiled out of all the ideas and input we harvest through the kitchen table talks and #ideaharvest dinners, to form a road map that for the first time sets out where we are, where we want to get to, and what we need to do to get there.  

Has this kind of thing been done before? 

Yes!  We've been inspired by a range of other places and folk including: 

·       People’s Food Policy Project, Canada: 350 kitchen table talks involving 3500 Canadians led to the creation of the ground-breaking ‘Resetting the Table: People’s Food Policy for Canada’ in 2011

·       The People’s Food Plan, Australia, 2013: 600 people participated in 40 public forms

·       The People’s Food Plan, Australian Capital Territory, 2016 - Conservation Council, ACT

·       The People’s Food Policy, UK, 2017 - Over 150 organisations in workshops, forums and surveys, in a two-year process

  • NCD Free Feast of Ideas Campaign - 150 dinners in 43 countries serve up hundreds of food solutions over 30 days through the power of shared meals and social media