Membership of the Australian Food Network

Membership of the Australian Food Network

Sustain is actively seeking membership of institutions and organisations to build the Australian Food Network. Members of this Network will work together towards the building of healthy, sustainable and fair food system that benefit all Australians.

Benefits of Membership

Members of this Network will receive the following benefits and outcomes:

  • Collaborate as part of a community of practice, sharing lessons and learning from research, policy and project work. The Local Government Urban Agriculture Network that Sustain has facilitated since September 2013 is now expanding its membership to include community representatives and researchers. This Network has collaborated over the past year, with the VLGA, to generate a position paper articulating the role of local government in supporting healthy, sustainable and thriving food systems. Sustain is also supporting the formation of a Victoria-wide aligned network of existing and emerging local and regional food alliances, e.g.- Bendigo Regional Food Alliance
    – Wangaratta Food for All Alliance
    – Grampians Food Alliance
    – Regional Food Network (Monash Health)
    – Cardinia Food Network (in formation)
    – Casey Fresh Food Network (in formation)
    – Wyndham Food Alliance (in formation)
    – Moreland Food Coalition (proposed)
  • Access discounted support in the organisation of local / regional food economy and food systems events. Sustain worked with the City of Greater Bendigo and Bendigo Kangan Institute in the hosting of the national Community Food Hubs conference in August 2016, and with Augusta-Margaret River Shire Council in the hosting of two Agricultural Summits in 2016. In March 2017 Sustain is organising a dedicated locally-catered lunch for 50 staff of RACV at its Noble Park head office, featuring Dr Nick Rose and My Smart Garden coordinator Kat Lavers as keynote speakers
  • Have discounted access to research and consultancy services, and attendance at food systems conferences and events organised by Sustain
  • Connect to emerging research collaborations in food security, and food law, policy and governance
  • Link to affiliated national and international alliances and coalitions, such as the Right to Food Coalitionand the Global Cities Compact Programme
  • Work with students and interns as part of a community-engaged learning program
  • Be named and have a profile on the Sustain website, showcasing existing policies, strategies, programs, initiatives and achievements
  • Access tools and resources used in Australia and internationally in the development of local and regional food systems and economies
  • Have access (as funding permits) in specified pilot locations to an experienced regional co-ordinator linked with community local and regional food networks and practitioner
  • Collaborate on shared advocacy agendas at the regional, state and national levels

Annual Membership Cost

Industry associations / Local governments / public sector organisations – tiered $750–$3500

Not for profit organisations / Businesses – tiered from $150 – $1500

Individuals – $50

Friends of the Australian Food Network – no cost

Current members of the Australian Food Network

Local Government / Academia

Mornington Peninsula Shire Council
City of Greater Bendigo
William Angliss Institute

Not for Profits / Businesses / Industry Networks

Melbourne Farmers Markets
Food Fossickers, Bendigo

My Local Feast Farmers Market

HomeGrown Me

Slow Food Melbourne

Willunga GreenLight EcoMarket

The Community Grocer

Individual members 
Dr Beverley Wood
Sandra Murray

Friends

City of Ballarat


Note: Members of the Australian Food Network are not Members of Sustain, the legal not-for-profit company limited by guarantee. 

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