Cardinia Food Circles Project

The Cardinia Food Circles Collective Impact Project aims to establish a healthy, delicious, sustainable and fair food system for all Cardinia Shire residents.  

The project has been running since November 2016.

  • Build a shared understanding of the Cardinia Shire food system, and its challenges and opportunities, amongst a diverse and representative group of stakeholders.
  • Establish a shared and widely understood definition and basic understanding of food literacy with shire residents and council officers.
  • Raise food literacy levels across the shire, particularly amongst young people.
  • Bring food systems-thinking into the decision making process of Councillors and Council staff, and into key Council plans and strategies.
  • Diversify food distribution and consumption in the shire, with an emphasis on fresh, seasonal and, where possible, local produce.
  • Support business innovation and local job creation in the shire’s food system.
  • Advocate to other levels of government for planning policy changes to better control the density and proximity of fast food outlets to vulnerable communities.
  • Background mapping report of the Cardinia Shire food system.
  • Creation of a food system profile for Cardinia Shire.
  • Extensive community and stakeholder engagement.
  • Formation of the Cardinia Food Movement.
  • Inaugural Cardinia Food Forum with 100 participants and an international keynote speaker.
  • Kitchen table talks and Ideas harvest to generate the Community Food Strategy.
  • Launch of the Community Grocer, an affordable pop-up fruit and veg market, in Pakenham.
  • Distribution of food literacy survey to 2000 households in partnership with Monash University.
  • Farming: The Next Gen film screening.
  • Partnering with the Foodprint Melbourne research team to advocate for a resilient city foodbowl.