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Case Studies

Go for Green: Maranoa Regional Council improving local food supply

Click here to download print PDF for this case study. Maranoa Regional Council was one of the first Queensland councils to receive funding under the Australian Government’s Healthy Communities Initiative with the Be Healthy Maranoa program. The program aims to improve access to accredited nutrition and physical activity programs, and to encourage people to take […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Community Supported Local Food Systems & Agriculture

Community-supported local food systems and community-supported agriculture (that is, food co-operatives, community and school gardens, farmers’ markets, edible landscapes, city farms) can create supportive environments for healthy eating and physical activity. Gardening is recognised as a way to improve physical and mental health, nutritional status of communities, and capacity building within communities. Definitions Food cooperatives […]

Los Angeles blocks new fast food outlets

City officials are putting South Los Angeles on a diet. The city council voted unanimously to place a moratorium on new fast food restaurants in an area of the city with a proliferation of eateries and above average rates of obesity. The year-long moratorium is intended to give the city time to attract restaurants that […]

Measuring healthy food access in Sandwell

A project to measure healthy food access in Sandwell, United Kingdom used innovative quantitative and qualitative tools to measure and map food access using GIS and community participatory mapping. Results of the project contributed to local baseline indicators of conditions and needs, and the development of strategies to address poor access to healthy foods. Project […]


Determinants of food choice

Choice of food is not just determined by individual knowledge about what constitutes a healthy diet, food choice also depends on: how much money households have to allocate to food what food commodities are readily available in local shops how much food costs in local shops. (1) For many households, food is the only flexible […]

Community supported local food systems and agriculture in corporate plans

Why this is important Community-supported local food systems and agriculture (that is, food co-operatives, community and school gardens, farmers’ markets, edible landscapes, city farms) can create supportive environments for healthy eating and physical activity. Gardening is recognised as a way to improve physical and mental health, nutritional status of communities, and capacity building within communities.(1) […]

Strategic outcomes that promote healthy eating

The content of the Strategic Outcomes can be linked: upwards to the corporate plan, remembering this is the policy direction of council and where the priorities for operating initiatives and funding are derived; and downwards through the planning scheme, through the purpose of codes and codes themselves. The standard planning scheme provisions for new Planning […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Community-supported local food systems and agriculture in planning schemes

For more information on why local government should implement this code, and supporting strategies that can be introduced, see Community-supported local food systems and agriculture in the Corporate Plan Tools section of this resource package. Community-supported local food systems and agriculture are currently not identified as a land use in the Queensland Planning Provisions. While there are opportunities for […]

Restricting access to fast foods – Discussion paper

Restricting access to fast foods and takeaway food has been raised by the community as part of the overall discussion relating to the prevention of overweight and obesity. Restricting access to fast foods and takeaway food is also likely to be contentious within the fast food industry, council and the wider community. This section has […]