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Melbourne’s Food Policy: Get Involved

Posted in Events, Movements, Seeking by Kate Archdeacon on November 4th, 2011

16 November , 2011
6:00 pmto8:30 pm
17 November , 2011
9:30 amto12:00 pm

You have the opportunity to shape the future of food in the City of Melbourne and we’d love you to get involved – we’re engaging with stakeholders, industry organisations and the community. The Food Policy discussion paper is now available. The closing date for feedback is COB Friday 9 December, 2011.

Food Forums:

City of Melbourne will be holding food conversations in November. The following two dates are confirmed, check back for further details of any subsequent sessions:

  • Industry / Stakeholder Food Conversation
    • Date: Thursday 17 November Time: 9.30am – 12pm (Morning Tea provided)
    • Venue: Melbourne Town Hall – Supper Room, 120 Swanston Street, Melbourne
    • RSVP to: health@melbourne.vic.gov.au
  • Community / Residents Conversation
    • Date: Wednesday 16 November Time: 6pm – 8.30pm (light refreshments provided)
    • Venue: Visy Park (Carlton Football Club) – George Harris Function Room, Royal Parade, Carlton North
    • RSVP to: health@melbourne.vic.gov.au

What does food mean to you? Keep your eye out for our reply paid postcard at City of Melbourne libraries, community centres and recreation centres. Complete the card and return it to us by 30 November for your chance to win an iPad2!

Extract from the Food Policy Discussion Paper:

Melbourne is world-renowned for the quality of its food and its liveability, and we want it to stay that way.

We want to make sure that everyone in Melbourne can enjoy good food, now and reliably into the future. For many of us, Melbourne’s food is a cause for celebration – we have ready access to a wide variety of high-quality foods all year-round, which we enjoy at home and in a diverse and thriving scene of cafes, restaurants, bars and other outlets. These and other related businesses are an important part of our local economy, providing diverse jobs, opportunities and enterprise.

For others, there are real challenges in consistently being able to get the food they need. Limited choices often combined with poor physical or economic access undermines health and contributes to food insecurity. Those of us who do have ready access to the foods we want also often eat in ways that undermine our health.

It is increasingly apparent that food systems and the health of the natural systems that support them (our land, water and atmosphere) are unsustainable. The need to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, adapt to a changing climate and reduce oil vulnerability in the food system, are pressing. These issues are emerging as important global concerns. Cities around the world are recognising the important role they can play in leading and catalysing change towards healthy, sustainable, fair and resilient food systems.

The community has articulated a vision for Melbourne as a “bold, inspirational and sustainable city” – this discussion paper starts the conversation about what this means for food.

Find out more on the City of Melbourne website.

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