The Future of Local Food Conference took place for the third time in Melbourne on Thursday 8th & Friday 9th September 2016.

This site is now dormant however we have left the information up for archival purposes.

While Australia’s national food and agriculture debate centres on boosting production and increasing exports, our local food industry is being neglected. That’s a shame because countries such as the United States and Canada, which have explicitly prioritised local food, are now reaping the economic benefits.

In Australia, local government has begun to analyse the benefits of a bigger local food industry. Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula Shire found in preliminary modelling that expanding its local food industry by 5% would bring in A$15 million and create nearly 200 jobs.

Local food advantages include:

  • Locally grown food is full of flavor (versus being harvested early in order to be shipped)
  • Eating local food is eating seasonally
  • Local food has more nutrients
  • Local food supports the local economy (The money that is spent stays close to home)
  • Local food benefits the environment
  • Local foods promote a safer food supply
  • Local growers can tell you how the food was grown

What does it take to create a local food system that is healthy, affordable and sustainable for Australia?

It will take action from citizens, governments and industry. It will require behaviour change in citizens and the goal should be less chronic disease, an improved standard of living and the protection of the environment that sustains us.

This conference features inspiring topics and stories that can be replicated in your council and community including:

  • ‘How to’ case studies galore from around Australia
  • Food security: from policy to practice
  • Vision of the bioregional food system
  • Good practice community gardens
  • Diverting organic waste from kerbside collections
  • Diverting all waste from Council offices

Help us explore how to best design food systems to meet the challenges of the 21st century

Conference presented by the MAV in association with Sequence Digital.

Thursday 8th & Friday 9th September 2016 at Treasury Theatre, 1 MacArthur Street, Melbourne. Found 50 metres east of the corner of Spring and Collins Streets and down the stairs.

Who should attend?

Councillors, Directors, Sustainability and Environment professionals, Economic and Tourism Development, Health Promotion Practitioners, Strategic Planners, Land Use Planners, Urban Designers, Community Development and Human Services professionals & interested stakeholders.


$550 (including GST)

Discounted tickets: A limited number of subsidised tickets are available for 50% of the full price for members of community organisations and also students of relevant courses such as food security, sustainability, diet and nutrition.

How to claim the discount

  1. Head to the registration and checkout page
  2. Choose the community discount option during checkout
  3. For community groups please enter the name of the group you’re apart of
  4. For students please write ‘Student:’ and the name of the course you’re studying


Mercure Hotel, 13 Spring Street, Melbourne. Toll free: 1800 813442
Rydges Melbourne, 186 Exhibition Street (03 96620511)

Please note: Program is subject to change.