Wednesday, September 9, 2020

We need your feedback and ideas for the Moreland Food System Strategy!

Calling all food growers, swappers, sharers, educators, recyclers and entrepreneurs - however you are involved in Moreland's food system we want to hear from you!

The Moreland Food System Strategy is turning three! The illustration below celebrates some highlights of what the local food community and Council have achieved together during 2017-2020.

We invite you to reflect on the reflect on the progress of the strategy through our Food System Survey. What have we achieved and learned? What could we do better?

We also want to know what you think we should be doing in the next 4 years of the strategy.

You can access the survey here:

Be quick - the survey is only open until Wednesday 11 November! The feedback we receive through the survey will be used to help build a new 2020-2024 implementation plan. 

You will need to refer to the diagram above to complete the survey. The background information below provides additional context to help with answering the questions. You may also like to refer to the Food System Strategy

Background Information

Principles / Assumptions (see page 3 and 33 of the Food System Strategy)
  • Our vision of a sustainable, just and vibrant local food system in Moreland is critical to the health, wellbeing and resilience of the Moreland community
  • Implementation of the strategy will cover the full breadth of food system components, from growing, processing, distribution, access, consumption and disposal
  • Strong community partnerships and collaboration, together with human rights and equity principles, must underpin the implementation plan
  • System change of this scale and complexity needs a cross-Council response, as well as collaboration and advocacy with research institutions, peak bodies and other levels of governments
  • Urban food systems research and knowledge is rapidly evolving. Implementation of the strategy needs to remain responsive and relevant without compromising the long-term strategic intent and goals 
  • The goals of the food system strategy are intentionally ambitious and aspirational. Council and the community need to share data about the impacts and benefits of food system initiatives and build the evidence base to design future projects and attract funding
  • Council has committed to support a further 4 years to implement the strategy, including a 4 day per week Food System Officer and $35,000 annually to put towards networking, capacity building, projects and monitoring and evaluation. If further funding is required, this will need to be sought each year through the annual Council budget application process and / or external sources. We need to identify and prioritise strategic opportunities and be creative with resources and partnerships to ensure we maximise our investment and impact.

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