Mornington Peninsula Shire Council has been a member of Sustain since 2016.
The Council has demonstrated strong vision, leadership and commitment to the principles and practice of flourishing, healthy, sustainable and fair food systems in many ways over a number of years.
This extract from a case study on the role of agribusiness officers in peri-urban Councils in Victoria (also featuring the work of Sustain Director Annemaree Docking at the City of Whittlesea), researched and written by Sustain intern Sally Jane Flett (2016), highlighted the key actions taken by MPSC from 2010-2016:
- Rural Business Officer role established – Gillian Stewart recruited, post now held by Sarah Saxton
- Establishment of Local Food Strategy and Local Food Industry Advisory Board in 2013
- Agricultural analysis and farm business guide published in 2014
- Victorian Agribusiness Summit held in 2015
- Urban and Regional Food Declaration endorsed by the Council in 2015
- Mornington Peninsula Produce regional branding initiative and website launch in 2016
- Mornington Peninsula Food Forum held in 2018
This snapshot of MPSC’s work over the past several years demonstrates what can be achieved when local councils share the vision and the aspiration of their local producers and food businesses, as well as of community members. We congratulate MPSC on its leadership to date in supporting a healthy and flourishing food system for all Shire residents and businesses.