News and Events

A key element of Sustain’s work is to promote and foster collaborative dialogue, discussion and critical exploration of food system issues and challenges. We do this through organising, coordinating and speaking at participatory events, forums, meetings and workshops.

This section of our website is also dedicated to providing a space to our members and supporters to comment on topical issues.

Our work over the past several months has included:

Democratising the Food System’ Workshop, 19 October 2015

On 19th October 2016 Sustain: The Australian Food Network was launched in Melbourne’s CBD, with a one-day workshop: Democratising Food Systems. This was a well-attended and very successful event, and we are pleased now to publish the workshop report. The executive summary is reproduced below, and the full report can be downloaded by clicking here.

Democratising the food system - 19 October workshop

Workshop Highlights Included:

  • Food insecurity and hunger in contemporary Melbourne.
  • Scenario workshop for healthy and sustainable food systems design.
  • Wicked problems workshop – intractable food systems challenges.
  • Roles and challenges of governance in building a fair food system.
  • Showcasing new food systems research: Food Hubs, nature strips, and local branding.
  • Food Policy council role play.


Melbourne Sustainability Festival: Beyond the Supermarket and the Great Local Lunch, 13-14 February 2016

Mariam Issa

Mariam Issa

Sustain was delighted to be part of the proceedings on both days. On Saturday 13th February, Sustain Executive Director Dr Nick Rose was the MC for the Fair Food Panel, co-hosted by the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance and Pip Magazine, to launch its special Fair Food issue. On Sunday 14th February, Nick Rose and Sustain Chair Kelly Donati were amongst 200 invited guests to the ‘Great Local Lunch‘, a fabulous celebration of local produce and stories of innovation, creativity and inspiration from producers and community organisers from in and around Melbourne.

Fair, Healthy and Sustainable Food System Presentations, Northern Rivers NSW, 23rd March 2016

mullumbimby-community-gardenOn Wednesday 23rd March Sustain ED Nick Rose travelled to Northern Rivers NSW, at the invitation of Dr Richard Hil, co-founder of the Mullumbimby-based Ngara Institute , to speak at a ‘Politics in the Pub’ event on the need for a fairer and more democratic food system.

Nick took the opportunity to fit in a number of meetings and visits in both Mullumbimby and Murwillumbah. First up was a breakfast in Mullumbimby with young and new farmer Joel Orchard, co-founder of the Future Feeders Young Farmer Network, as well as Byron Region Food Sovereignty Network; Jane Beattie, teacher at the Shearwater Steiner School; and Fiona Berry, researcher at the Institute for Sustainable Futures (University of Technology, Sydney).

Healthy, Fair Sustainable Food Systems out West, 7-13 April, 2016

Sustain ED Nick Rose flew to Perth on Thursday 7th April for an intensive week of presentations, meetings and discussions on the exciting opportunities provided by the momentous shift towards food systems that work for all.

Fair Harvest Permaculture Farm, Margaret River

Fair Harvest Permaculture Farm, Margaret River

Nick played a key role in four events in three locations, separated by hundreds of kilometres, that involved dozens of producers, urban farmers and gardeners, researchers and academics, local government representatives, and community members. It was inspiring to learn of so much good work being done by so many people, passionate for change on their farms, their communities, their suburbs, their cities and their beautiful state.

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