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Greater Bendigo Food System Strategy

Greater Bendigo’s Food System Strategy: supporting a healthy, local food system

The City of Greater Bendigo (the City) is leading the development of Greater Bendigo’s first Food System Strategy which is being developed to support a healthy, local food system in Greater Bendigo to improve the health and wellbeing of our community. The Strategy will look at everything that it takes to get food on our plate, from growing food, storing, processing and transporting food, to selling, eating and then disposing of our food waste.

Why is this important?

  • Every person in the community is impacted by our food system on one level or another and we need to make sure Greater Bendigo’s food system is healthy and meeting the needs of the community
  • Greater Bendigo has high rates of overweight and obesity and residents are not consuming enough fruit and vegetables each day
  • Supporting local food systems can significantly enhance the health and wellbeing of communities, improve the availability of and access to nutritious food, strengthen the local economy, and revitalise urban and natural environments

Opportunities to get involved

There will be a variety of opportunities to ‘have your say’ to help inform development of the Strategy. During April-May 2019 you can:

Have your say at a range of community market and event stalls

  • Splash into Fun event
    ong Gully Recreation Reserve and Splash Park, Tuesday March 26, 10am-1pm
  • Bendigo Community Farmers Market
    Hargreaves Mall, Thursday March 28, 3pm-7pm
  • Heathcote Bush Market
    Barrack Reserve, Heathcote, Saturday April 6, 8am-1pm
  • Bendigo Community Farmers Market
    Sidney Myer Place, Saturday April 13, 9am-1pm
  • Peppergreen Farm Market
    44 Thunder Street, North Bendigo, Saturday April 27, 10am-2pm
  • Bendigo Sustainability Fair
    Bendigo Town Hall and Library Gardens, Saturday May 4, 10am-4pm

Complete the online survey

Have your say on local food issues by completing this short survey

The survey is open between March – May 2019.

Food Systems Workshop

Join representatives from our local food system (food producers and growers, food processors, manufacturers, distributors and wholesalers, chefs and food retailers, schools and educators, health services, resource recovery agencies and general workplace settings) to explore local food system issues and opportunities that will inform development of Greater Bendigo’s Food System Strategy. This workshop builds on Healthy GREATER Bendigo’s Food Forum held in December last year and is one of many engagement activities organised to help inform the development of this Strategy.

Find out more and secure your spot.

Contact us

If you have any questions about Greater Bendigo’s Food System Strategy, please contact us on 03 5434 6000. 

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