Food accessibility

This approach to assessing food accessibility is useful if you do not have access to GIS or as a good starting point to understand local data. Using the ABS data it is possible to generate good initial data on local issues. For example: start with the census tables (see view census tables by location. Refine […]

Community Food Assessments: Bundaberg

A Community Food Assessment (CFA) aims to present a clear picture of what types of healthy eating initiatives or policy changes are needed to improve the community’s physical and economic access to healthy food, by collecting information about the local food system and informing about the community’s food security. Complementary to the approach outlined above, […]

Food deserts

This approach to identifying possible food deserts is useful if you have access to GIS and social research tools. It builds on the approach to Food accessibility outlined in food accessibility. A food desert is an area where people do not have easy access to healthy, fresh foods. This is a particular issue in low socio-economic […]

Shopping Survey: improving access to retail choice in Etheridge

One way of strengthening a local economy is by supporting local businesses.  Etheridge Shire Council located in Queensland’s gulf country and with a population of 1,000 has recognised that supporting local business may also help lower prices at shops and increase variety. Having retail variety is also recognised as a potential attraction or retention point […]

Food for Sport: making healthy food available in sports clubs

Food for Sport: A Guide to Healthy Food and Drink Supply in Sporting Clubs aims to make nutritious foods and drinks available, prominent and promoted in sports clubs in Queensland, and applies to all methods of food and drink provision including canteens, vending machines, mobile food carts and fundraising. This strategy is voluntary for all sports […]

How to market healthy foods to make a profit

Marketing is getting the right product in the right place at the right time at the right price using the right promotion to attract customers who will buy. Getting it right can add a real boost to your sales of healthy foods. Here are some ideas to make your marketing a success: Get your customers […]

Local law matters promoting healthy eating

Many of the objectives for healthy people and places can be achieved through measures other than local laws. However, local laws are still used by some councils to regulate food provision. This section provides local government with items to consider for local laws to promote healthy eating. It is recommended that council review existing local […]

Policy: Food availability through Council-operated venues and functions

Council facilities are well placed to provide a significant contribution to promoting health and healthy eating – making the healthy choice the easy choice. Consider establishing corporate policies for healthy catering at: Sporting and recreation facilities (such as swimming pools, sporting grounds and gymnasiums) Sporting, recreation, cultural and other events and festivals, starting with council-run […]

Improving access to and availability of healthy food

Access to supermarkets and local stores The location of supermarkets and local stores influences the variety and competitive pricing of healthy foods. While this may be addressed through the planning scheme, there are policy options for local government to support increased access to healthy foods. These options are likely to be more readily implemented by […]

Ceres Centre: Promoting community food systems

CERES (pronounced ‘series’) is located on 4.5 hectares (10 acres) in East Brunswick, Melbourne and is the most visited community environmental centre in Australia. CERES runs a café, nursery, organic farm and market as well as festivals, education programs and a community kitchen. The farm provides locally grown organic food, education in community food systems, […]