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Food City: City of Melbourne Food Policy available online

Posted in Policies by Kate Archdeacon on November 14th, 2012

Photo from the City of Melbourne Food Policy

Over the past year, the City of Melbourne has been developing its Food Policy, with requests for public input at two different stages during that time – first, as responses to the discussion paper, and second, as responses to the draft policy.  Now the final policy is available online.  The sections of the policy are:

  • Policy statement
  • Introduction
  • Vision
  • Themes and ambitions
    • a strong, food secure community
    • healthy food choices for all
    • a sustainable and resilient food system
    • a thriving local food economy
    • a city that celebrates food
  • Implementation and evaluation
  • References
  • Glossary

The next stage will involve the development of the Implementation Plan – register for updates with the Food Policy team at

>> Food Policy website.

Draft food policy consultation: City of Melbourne

Posted in Models, Seeking by Kate Archdeacon on March 28th, 2012

The City of Melbourne draft food policy is now available and we would like to hear your thoughts.

Attend our Draft Food Policy Conversation event to be held on:

When: Thursday 29 March 2012, 3–7pm
Where: City Library, Majorca Room, Level 1, 253 Flinders Lane (accessible venue)
Light refreshments provided

This event is self-directed, so stop in when it is convenient for you and visit the information stations and take up an opportunity to talk to staff and share your questions and comments.

About the Policy:

The draft food policy provides a vision and a framework to work towards a more sustainable food system in the City of Melbourne to ensure all residents, workers, students and visitors have sufficient access to healthy, safe and affordable food, now and into the future.

The development of the draft food policy has been informed by background research through the food policy discussion paper and a series of consultation processes including postcard surveys and forums where we collected community views on what food means to you.

The draft food policy identifies five key themes for action, these include:

  • Strong, food-secure communities
  • Health and wellness for all
  • A sustainable and resilient food system
  • A vibrant local economy
  • A city that celebrates food
Download the draft food policy and the discussion paper from the City of Melbourne website.

The closing date for feedback is 5pm on Friday 13 April 2012.

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:
  • 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:

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.

Link to Food Matters paper by Prof John Whitelegg et al

Posted in Research by Ferne Edwards on November 27th, 2008

Another recent guest to Australia was Professor John Whitelegg from the Stockholm Environment Institute who spoke at the GAMUT “Low carbon transport for our cities workshop symposium“, the Sustainable Cities Round Table on Healthy Cities, and at the Growers and Eaters Forum. Mentioned in one of his presentations was his work in the document, “Food Matters: Towards a Strategy for the 21st Century“. To view this document visit