City of Greater Dandenong Food Strategy – Abstract

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The City of Greater Dandenong (local government) released a tender to produce a food strategy for the city. Design firms Sustainable Everyday and Field Institute responded with a proposal for a design-led food strategy, rather than a more linear consulting process, which would be the first of its kind in Australia. The proposal replicated a process used for the URBACT Sustainable Food in Urban Communities Policy in Europe. The project aimed to develop a strategy which supports food manufacturers, community health projects and local retailers. The aim of the Dandenong Food Strategy is to bring together diverse food leaders in the city to develop a competitive, sustainable local food system in the City. The aim was to boost the food manufacturing industry in Dandenong which is declining. The strategy aims to celebrate the diverse cultures who are not integrating, develop and enable edible green spaces and address food insecurity and obesity which are major health problems in the City. (Sustainable Everyday & Field Institute Melbourne)  

City of Greater Dandenong Food Strategy – Promoters

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Sustainable Everyday & Field Institute, Melbourne, Australia: Emily Ballantyne-Brodie and Ewan McEwan Promoter(s): Sustainable Everyday, Field Institute Funders: City of Greater Dandenong Aknowledgements: Ewan McEwan, Paula Brennan, Sam Qualtrough, Hugo Lamb, Phillipa Abbott, Bec McHenry & Emily Ballantyne-Brodie

City of Greater Dandenong Food Strategy – Governance and policymaking

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The Dandneong Food Strategy enables local government to innovate and co-design with their community. The overall strategy can influence culture changes and policy changes such as allowing urban agriculture in public spaces. Local Government was facilitating a bottom-up consultation with the food leaders who are the people in the city who make action towards food economy and health. (Sustainable Everyday & Field Institute Melbourne)

City of Greater Dandenong Food Strategy – Activism and Civic Participation

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The economic development department ran a ‘convivial breakfast’. The council wanted to challenge the norm and bring diverse people together to make changes towards food sustainability in the city. When the revolutionary concept of permaculture was included in the strategy making process we knew this was a sign that civic participation was influencing the strategy and the local government’s traditional way of consulting the public. (Sustainable Everyday & Field Institute Melbourne)

City of Greater Dandenong Food Strategy – Social Interactions and Relations

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The project brought together people in manufacturing, community health and retail to co-design better solutions for food sustainability in the city. The design interventions such as the convivial breakfast and co-design workshop brought about collaborative discussion and problem solving. This co-design process led to collaborative projects and outcomes because the users were engaged in the creation of the strategy. (Sustainable Everyday & Field Institute Melbourne)

City of Greater Dandenong Food Strategy – City and Environmental Planning

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The strategy led to the development of an urban farm which challenged the current planning policy in the city. The urban farm was a social innovation project which engaged the media, the private sector and public space in a new way. Food Sensitive Urban Design concept was introduced to planners to open their eyes to a new way of planning the city. (Sustainable Everyday & Field Institute Melbourne)

City of Greater Dandenong Food Strategy – Production, Distribution and Consumption

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The Dandenong Food Strategy influenced the production, distribution and consumption of food in the city. Land audits and mapping encourage local food production. The local food hub is celebrated to encourage local distribution chains. The retail sector was enhanced so people embrace and enjoy the food culture in the city. (Sustainable Everyday & Field Institute Melbourne)

City of Greater Dandenong Food Strategy – Skill Training and Design Education

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Stakeholders in the project saw the importance of design-led approach which encouraged collaboration and co-design to inform a multifaceted and effective food strategy. (Sustainable Everyday & Field Institute Melbourne)

City of Greater Dandenong Food Strategy – Job Creation

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The strategy embraced local food production, distribution and consumption to develop more jobs and training opportunities for unskilled workers. (Sustainable Everyday & Field Institute Melbourne)

City of Greater Dandenong Food Strategy – Storytelling and Visualisation

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Visualising the design process on the project blog made it easier for the participants to keep up to date with the project. The co-design session enabled people to visualise and envision new food futures for Dandenong. (Sustainable Everyday & Field Institute Melbourne)