Richard Rowe, Sustainable Gardening Australia

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Good practice in Community gardens. Across Australia community food spaces are popping up. They are on the roofs of apartment buildings, in derelict public spaces, adjoining community kitchens, in public parks and gardens, in hospital grounds – anywhere that is suitable, accessible and available. They are in densely built urban areas, in remote rural communities and in small regional towns. The common …

Lee Tozzi, Sustainable Food Program Designer and Strategist at Darebin City Council

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Lee Tozzi will talk about Improving Food Security by presenting some of the background and drivers behind Council’s commitment to developing an Urban Food Production Strategy. Although a relatively new area, food production and supply is firmly on Council’s sustainability agenda. The community has clearly identified growing food as a priority area, and the Council Plan as well as many underpinning …

Brett Hedger, Port Phillip Council & Richard Thomas, Wormlovers

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Diverting ALL waste from the Council offices: Whilst we are passionate about minimising waste, it is rare to meet someone putting that passion into practice – and at an organisational level.  Brett Hedger from City of Port Phillip has been working with Wormlovers for a few years now. He has made it his mission to ensure ALL the waste coming out …

Cameron Russell – Wild Mushroom Expert

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Mushroom tour guide Cameron Russell said “shrooming” or “mushroom hunting” is no new craze.“Victoria probably has the most amount of mushroom tours anywhere in the world,” he said. In fact, he’s had people attend his tours then start their own as demand for information on fungus has flourished. Mr Russell — who has spent more than 2500 hours searching for …

Meg Montague, Social Policy, Research and Evaluation Services

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Good Practice in Food Security: what works. Meg has had a wide variety of experiences in food security including the development of the North and West Metropolitan Region (NWMR) report ‘Local Government and Food Security: An Evidence Review’. The Victorian Government identified “promoting accessible and nutritious food” as a health promotion priority (2007-2012) and subsequently, the NWMR Public Health Unit adopted …