City of Boroondara Policy Snapshot
Background and Overview
The City of Boroondara is located in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne and was formed in June 1994 from the amalgamation of the Cities of Kew, Camberwell and Hawthorn. With less than ten per cent of the municipality available to the community as open space, much of the practice of urban agriculture occurs in private spaces. The Snapshot of Local Food Growing and Sharing Initiatives (2015) reveals many examples of outstanding urban agricultural (both food growing and distribution) practices taking place in the municipality. Council (which has a designated Senior Sustainability Officer) has been actively fostering the growth of local food in Boroondara in a number of ways, that include:
- Regular ‘how to’ workshops as part of the Living for our Future sustainable living program.
- Collaborating with the community to establish the Ashburton Community Garden (2009), the Winton Road Food Forest – Stage 1 (2012), and the Ashburton Shopping Centre salad planter boxes (2013).
- Providing access to grant funding (up to $10,000) for suitable projects through the Community Strengthening Grants Program (Note: four of the eight recipients of a 2014 Sustainable Communities annual grant had establishment of a food garden as a key aspect of their project proposal).
- Promoting community awareness of local ‘food swaps’ and other emerging initiatives (e.g. Kew Fruit Squad).
- Facilitating the provision of community gardens through a number of its neighbourhood houses and community centres.
In addition to the documents and resources detailed below, within the Environmental Sustainability tab on the Council website, there is a designated page for all things related to growing and sharing local food. The page includes information on;
- The Community Gardens Booklet (pdf)
- The Growing and Sharing Local Food in Boroondara – Community Consultation Report (pdf)
- The Growing and Sharing Local Food in Boroondara – Discussion Paper (pdf)
- A Snapshot of Local Food Growing and Sharing Initiatives (pdf)
- A directory of active local groups involved in growing and/or sharing fresh food
- A directory of local community gardens (with private growing plots)
- A list of links to useful resources and groups (3000 Acres, Sustainable Gardening Australia Website, My Home Harvest & others)
- A link to groups growing and distributing locally grown food across the municipality
Review of Policies, Plans and Procedures Addressing Urban Agriculture and Related Areas
Review of Existing or Developing Food Systems and Urban Agriculture Strategies
|Snapshot & Summary|
|Strategy / Framework / NA||Framework|
|Does the Strategy or Framework integrate existing policy documents that explicitly address or make reference to urban agriculture and related area?||NA|
|Does the Strategy or Framework make reference to the Council Plan and appear to be integrated into the achievement of the Plan’s major objectives?||NA|
|Does the Strategy or Framework make reference to and integrate the objectives of The Municipal Health and Wellbeing Act (2008) into its framework?||NA|
|Does the Strategy or Framework recognise and address the ecological, economic, environmental, social welfare, cultural, and social benefits of urban agriculture and local food systems?||NA|
|Does the Strategy or Framework recognise the interconnectedness of urban food systems (from production, processing, distribution, access, consumption, nutrient/waste capturing, and recycling)?||NA|
|Does the Strategy or Framework have an action or implementation plan, a set of indicators, or feedback mechanisms that will allow it to evaluate its development, achievements, successes, obstacles, barriers and lessons.||NA|
|Is there an educational component of the Strategy or Framework?||NA|
|Is the Strategy being overseen by a dedicated Food Policy Liaison Officer?||NA|
- 2016, City of Boroondara, Community Gardens Booklet, Available From; https://www.boroondara.vic.gov.au/our-city/environmental-sustainability/sustainable-living
- 2015, City of Boroondara, Growing and Sharing Local Food in Boroondara – Community Consultation Report, Available From; https://www.boroondara.vic.gov.au/our-city/environmental-sustainability/sustainable-living
- 2015a, City of Boroondara, Growing and Sharing Local Food in Boroondara – Discussion Paper, Available From; https://www.boroondara.vic.gov.au/our-city/environmental-sustainability/sustainable-living
- 2015b, City of Boroondara, Snapshot of Local Food Growing and Sharing Initiatives, Available From; https://www.boroondara.vic.gov.au/our-city/environmental-sustainability/sustainable-living
- 2013, City of Boroondara, Health and Wellbeing Plan (2013-2017), Available From; https://www.boroondara.vic.gov.au/your_council/local-laws-policies/community/health-wellbeing-plan
- 2013a, City of Boroondara, Open Spaces Strategy (2013-2026), Available From; https://www.boroondara.vic.gov.au/your_council/building-planning/strategic-planning/open-space-and-environment/open-space-strategy
Henry Crawford, Sustain: The Australian Food Network, 2016.