Welcome to the Australian Local Food System Policy Database. This is a collection of policies from New South Wales (NSW) and Victorian local governments that relate to healthy, sustainable, and equitable food systems.

For further information about using the database and how it was created see How to use the database. You can search the database by using the fields below. Domain refers to eight broad categories under which various topics are situated. The domains and topics are based on a framework of recommendations for local government action on creating a healthy, sustainable, and equitable food system (also located on the ‘How to use the database’ page linked above).

To cite the database: Reeve B, Carrad A, Rose N, Charlton K & Aguirre-Bielschowsky I (2021) Australian Local Food System Policy Database. Available at: https://law-food-systems.sydney.edu.au/policy-database (access date).

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Document titleRelevant text in the policyDomainTopicStateLocal Government nameCouncil type
2017 – 2021 Delivery Program, 2019-2020 Operational Plan, Revenue Policy and Budget Follow up on the possibility of starting a feedlot in the shire. Economic Development Food related job creation NSW Lachlan Regional
2017 – 2021 Delivery Program, 2019-2020 Operational Plan, Revenue Policy and Budget Investigate a Bush Tucker/ Bush medicine shop. Economic Development Local food initiatives for economic development NSW Lachlan Regional
2017 – 2021 Delivery Program, 2019-2020 Operational Plan, Revenue Policy and Budget Promote Farm Tours Economic Development Local food initiatives for economic development NSW Lachlan Regional
2017 – 2021 Delivery Program, 2019-2020 Operational Plan, Revenue Policy and Budget Follow up on the possibility of starting a feedlot in the shire. Economic Development Local food producers NSW Lachlan Regional
2017 – 2021 Delivery Program, 2019-2020 Operational Plan, Revenue Policy and Budget Lachlan Shire Vision: For the Lachlan Shire to be a resilient community providing economic and social growth, through evolving agricultural, business and mineral activities. Economic Development Local food producers NSW Lachlan Regional
2017 – 2021 Delivery Program, 2019-2020 Operational Plan, Revenue Policy and Budget Longer-term issues for Council to monitor and respond to include changing demographics in tourism and changes in tourism networks; food security, water security, transport productivity and other drivers of changes in agriculture; mining and associated industries; access to and attraction of skilled staff Economic Development Local food producers NSW Lachlan Regional
2017 – 2021 Delivery Program, 2019-2020 Operational Plan, Revenue Policy and Budget Maintain saleyards for use by industry Economic Development Local food producers NSW Lachlan Regional
2017 – 2021 Delivery Program, 2019-2020 Operational Plan, Revenue Policy and Budget Measure: number of stock, activities to maintain Economic Development Local food producers NSW Lachlan Regional
2017 – 2021 Delivery Program, 2019-2020 Operational Plan, Revenue Policy and Budget Other approaches include: Council has participated in a Mid-Lachlan Alliance in collaboration with Forbes Shire Council, Weddin Shire Council and Parkes Shire Council. This Alliance was designed to assist the member Councils address regional local government issues. Under the Alliance the Mayors and General Managers of the four Councils met to discuss regional issues. The Alliance was successful in obtaining grant funding under the NSW Government Innovation Fund for a Fitness Campaign that sought to improve financial sustainability and service delivery. Improvement Plan, included in the Resourcing Strategy. The key outcome from participation in this Alliance is a new Council The Alliance also provided an effective lobby to both State and Federal Governments on the issue of the drought that has severely impacted on the region over the last 10 years. The Alliance provided submissions (written and in person) that were presented to Ministers of both governments, The areas covered by CNSWJO are as far east 11 of 144 continuing to highlight the need for ongoing support for farmers and small business during the drought and post- drought period Economic Development Local food producers NSW Lachlan Regional
2017 – 2021 Delivery Program, 2019-2020 Operational Plan, Revenue Policy and Budget Tourism and Economic Development Destination (tourism) and industry (economic) development in collaboration with stakeholders; facilitating and/or staging events; saleyards Economic Development Local food producers NSW Lachlan Regional
2017-18 Affordable Housing Community Forum Social Policy Affordable housing NSW Penrith Metropolitan
2017-18 Facilitate accessible and adaptable housing in future housing / development strategies Social Policy Affordable housing NSW Penrith Metropolitan
2017-18 In 2017-18, the Penrith Affordable Housing Project, a partnership project between Council, Wentworth Community Housing and FACS, delivered 49 units, all designed to the gold level standard of the Liveable Housing Australia Guidelines Social Policy Affordable housing NSW Penrith Metropolitan
2017-18 The focus of the City Deal is on investment in infrastructure; attracting employment and investment to support the development of the region; improving housing affordability; improved environmental and liveability outcomes; and coordination between governments to deliver regulatory reforms that better integrate infrastructure, land use, housing and environmental planning decisions to facilitate sustainable growth. Social Policy Affordable housing NSW Penrith Metropolitan
2017-18 The need for more housing diversity and affordability continues to be a priority for our residents and will be reflected in the Housing Strategy we’re developing. Social Policy Affordable housing NSW Penrith Metropolitan
2017-18 ‘Staples Bag’ in North St Marys to enable households to access low cost and high quality nutritious food Health and Wellbeing Nutrition in vulnerable populations NSW Penrith Metropolitan
2017-18 Council endorsed the Mobile Local Food and Homelessness Support Services Policy in July 2017 Health and Wellbeing Nutrition in vulnerable populations NSW Penrith Metropolitan
2017-18 The ‘Staples Bag’ project in North St Marys offered the community’s low income earners easy access to low cost and high quality nutritious food. Health and Wellbeing Nutrition in vulnerable populations NSW Penrith Metropolitan
2017-18 We continued working on initiatives to address the growing challenge of homelessness in our City, including: • liaising with community organisations, including mobile meal services and accommodation services to manage hot spots and associated impacts, • endorsing a Mobile Local Food and Homelessness Support Services Policy, Health and Wellbeing Nutrition in vulnerable populations NSW Penrith Metropolitan
2017-18 Cancer Council Eat it to Beat It Healthy Lunch Box Education presentations to 66 families at Braddock, Kingswood Park, North St Marys, Banks Public School and Kindana Children’s Health and Wellbeing Education/events on food system issues NSW Penrith Metropolitan
2017-18 Children’s Week events, which included a plant giveaway and a mint planting activity for children. Health and Wellbeing Education/events on food system issues NSW Penrith Metropolitan
2017-18 Community Junction helped on the day by running activities and providing a free healthy lunch for over 500 people Health and Wellbeing Education/events on food system issues NSW Penrith Metropolitan
2017-18 Our waste education program, which includes a Resource Recovery Field team who conduct inspections of bins and provide tailored feedback and personalised assistance to households to help them sort their waste correctly, has seen organics bin contamination rates drop to 4%. This is a significant improvement from the initial contamination rate of approximately 30% when the system was first introduced. Health and Wellbeing Education/events on food system issues NSW Penrith Metropolitan
2017-18 Regular presentations were given at the Young Parents Network to encourage healthy eating among young pregnant women and their partners Health and Wellbeing Pregnancy dietary advice NSW Penrith Metropolitan
2017-18 The celebration also featured inspiring and thought provoking entertainment and information stalls from numerous local service providers including the Australian Breastfeeding Association Health and Wellbeing Breastfeeding NSW Penrith Metropolitan
2017-18 Council has been working with Sydney Water on the delivery of a project to install nine water refill stations at high use locations across the City, with two additional water stations provided during the reporting period. Installation of six units is now complete, with the remaining units to be installed in the next financial year. Health and Wellbeing Access to safe drinking water NSW Penrith Metropolitan
2017-18 The ‘Staples Bag’ project in North St Marys offered the community’s low income earners easy access to low cost and high quality nutritious food. Health and Wellbeing Accessible healthy food retail NSW Penrith Metropolitan
2017-18 Children’s Week events, which included a plant giveaway and a mint planting activity for children. Sustainability and Environment Home and community gardening NSW Penrith Metropolitan
2017-18 Our waste education program, which includes a Resource Recovery Field team who conduct inspections of bins and provide tailored feedback and personalised assistance to households to help them sort their waste correctly, has seen organics bin contamination rates drop to 4%. This is a significant improvement from the initial contamination rate of approximately 30% when the system was first introduced. Food Waste Food losses and food waste NSW Penrith Metropolitan
2017-18 Since July 2009, the diversion of organic waste from landfill through our green bins has seen almost 280,000 tonnes of organic waste turned into compost, saving nearly $19m through the avoidance of landfill costs Food Waste Food losses and food waste NSW Penrith Metropolitan

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