Mission

To enhance and accelerate research and evidence-based action to improve the healthiness and sustainability of the food environments in local government settings in Australia

About

The Local Government Interest Group team shares knowledge to spread positive changes in local government food policy in Australia. We are focused on generating interest and commitment to change among local governments, and informing the development of mechanisms to facilitate action. This includes enhancing the research capacity of local governments, and supporting scale-up of evidence-based policies and practices to improve the healthiness and sustainability of the food environments in local government settings.

Local Government Food Policy Index

The ‘Local Food Systems Policy Index (Local Food-EPI+)’ tool was developed to benchmark and prioritise local government food policy actions, including those related to nutrition and environmental sustainability. Its aim is to assist local governments in prioritising actions to improve the healthiness, equity and environmental sustainability of food systems.

Learn more about the Local Food-EPI+ tool here.

Upcoming Events

To register your attendance at our next meeting and receive a link to join, email the Interest Group Chair here.

Associate Professor Belinda Reeve, University of Sydney Law School: The role of local governments in creating a healthy and sustainable food system: leveraging legislative powers and navigating constraints

Belinda Reeve is an Associate Professor at the University of Sydney Law School, where she teaches in the areas of health law, tort law, and regulation. Her research focuses on the role of law, regulation, and policy in creating a healthy and sustainable food system, including measures such as regulation of unhealthy food marketing to children, and policy innovation at the local level. She is the co-founder of the Food Governance Node at the University’s Charles Perkins Centre (a platform for interdisciplinary research on food law, regulation, and policy), as well as the Node’s flagship event, the Food Governance Conference.

 

Isabelle Chiera, School of Medical and Health Sciences, Edith Cowan University: Food Community: engaging government and community to support food security systems change in regional Western Australia.

Isabelle Chiera is a Public Health Nutritionist currently working in research at Edith Cowan University. Her current role with the Food Community project focuses on working with community members and stakeholders to identify, map, evaluate and strengthen WA food security initiatives to support regional food security action. She is passionate about place-based research to inform public health policy and practice, fostering food and nutrition literacy skills, and advocating for local communities’ access to affordable, quality and nutritious food.

Past Events

Presentation slides from the meeting held on 5th Oct 2023 can be found here:

Planning decisions, public health and fast-food outlets. Ainslie Sartori, Food and Movement Programs Manager, Cancer Council 

Food for All La Trobe Valley, Gabrielle Francis, La Trobe Community Health Service

If you wish to view a recording of the event please join our Local Government Interest Group via the link below.

Presentation slides from the meeting held on 11th May 2023 can be found here: Stephanie Kilpatrick, VicHealth & Gina Ambrosini, WA Department of Health. If you wish to view a recording of the event please join our Local Government Interest Group via the link below.

Membership

Group Chairs

Cindy Needham – Deakin University
Jessica Kempler – Deakin University

Group Members

Belinda Reeve – University of Sydney
Chanel Relf – City of Greater Bendigo
Gary Sacks – Deakin University
Jaithri Ananthapavan – Deakin University
Karen Charlton – University of Wollongong
Meaghan Christian – Monash University
Miranda Blake – Deakin University
Cindy Needham – Deakin University
Nick Rose – Sustain/William Angliss Institute
Liza Barbour – Monash University
Stephanie Godrich – Edith Cowan University

If you are interested in joining this Interest Group or have any questions, please get in touch.

Contact Local Government Interest Group