2015 was a busy year for Sustain. We moved from Deakin to William Angliss, and embarked on the challenging but exciting process of incorporating as an independent, not-for-profit company limited by guarantee.
Our launch event took place on 19th October 2015, at William Angliss Institute and in collaboration with the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance, with the Democratising Food Systems workshop.
We developed Food Systems Profiles for the City of Whittlesea, Yarra Ranges Shire Council and the Grampians Food Alliance. We prepared a detailed Food Systems Background Report for the City of Whittlesea.
In collaboration with partners Growing Change, the Open Food Network and the Australian Food Hubs Network, we worked on Food Hub feasibility studies with the City of Greater Bendigo, the Rural City of Wangaratta, and the City of Greater Albany. Together with RegenAg, we conducted a food sovereignty pilot study of the Cook Shire Region. With Growing Change and Innate Ecology, we commenced work on a Community Food Systems and Stakeholder Engagement Strategy for the City of Wyndham.
Working with Masters and Honours students at Melbourne University and RMIT, we carried out research into the development of an urban food production strategy at the City of Moreland, and investigated the feasibility of commencing a ‘Fair Food Challenge’ at higher education institutions in Australia. We began researching a local food economy pilot study with the City of Greater Bendigo and the Bendigo Regional Food Alliance.
We continued to facilitate quarterly meetings of the Local Government Urban Agriculture Network: a multi-council forum for the sharing of policy, practice and innovation in the rapidly expanding field of urban agriculture in Melbourne and beyond.
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