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Healthy Eating


Activities, Actions and Performance Measures


Strategic Objective: Implement measures that support and promote healthy eating


Community Strategic Plan

Delivery Program

(4 years)

Operational Plan

(1 year)

Performance Measures

Broad StrategiesActivitiesActions 

Undertake education activities and provide information to promote healthy eating

  • Utilise available communication materials to promote healthy eating, in partnership with Government Agencies and the community sector (eg Make Healthy normal campaign)

  • Establish regular coverage of healthy eating in Council based communication channels
  • Establish a contact at Council for information about healthy eating
  • Establish links with the Local Health District health promotion teams and food-based community groups
  • Research current State campaigns and initiatives
  • Consider appropriate media for inclusion of healthy eating topics
  • Number of courses run per annum (attendance).
  • Resources disseminated
  • Type and number of initiatives supported
  • Media coverage of healthy eating
  • Hits on council website

Promote sustainable food practices

  • Develop seminars for producers
  • Cover sustainable food practices in SOE Reporting
  • Introduce a Council procurement policy on sustainable catering
  • Research sustainable food practices
  • Reduction of impacts on the local/ regional ecosystem (through SOE Reporting)
  • Number of local/ regional food events (including those organised by the Council)
  • Number of courses run per annum
  • Resources disseminated
  • Percentage of council events with healthy food catering
  • Hits on council website

Increase community access to healthy food options


  • Map existing outlets in relation to population distribution: baseline data
  • Develop a plan to support and promote healthy options at food outlets
  • Create and implement a joint implementation plan for Healthier Oils.  Track outlets over time.
  • Incorporate healthy food into Council's Procurement Policy
  • Develop or adapt guidelines on healthy food provision at council owned or leased recreational centres
  • Consider active transport options to promote easy access to healthy food outlets/ events
  • Research other councils’ food source mapping actions
  • Research other councils’ initiatives
  • Research other councils' and health promotion officers' work with community supermarkets to promote healthy food options
  • Research other councils' actions on drinking water fountains (eg Manly Council)
  • Establish links with Local Health District health promotion teams to support the food retail environment actions
  • Establish a Healthier Oils Working Party to do a baseline survey of food outlets to assess the type of oils in use
  • Research healthy food procurement policies
  • Research opportunities to promote healthy food at council owned or leased recreational centres
  • Number, location (density) and type of healthy food outlets
  • The distance between residential areas, places of work and healthy food outlets (proximity)
  • Increased number of small to medium sized independent food outlets using healthier frying oils
  • Number and type of collaborative actions with food outlets eg community supermarkets to promote healthy options
  • Reduced travel distance to shops (survey)
  • Increased use of active transport (mode monitoring)

Protect and utilise land appropriate for local and regional food production; a robust approach promoting future innovation.

  • Map existing food related land-uses.
  • Establish a database on local food production and distribution.
  • Review AMPs to identify community land appropriate for community gardens and strategic connections.
  • Introduce an internal referral system for any proposed reclassification of community land (to check on strategic significance).
  • Provide support and resources for school-based and community gardens.
  • Research other councils' methodology for mapping and data collection.
  • Draft referral policy for proposed reclassification of community land for discussion.
  • Pilot program for school-based/community gardens.

Provide local technical input into the preparation and implementation of District Plans and Regional Growth Plans on the location and nature of food related land uses 

  • Participate in regional and/or district plan preparation.
  • Prepare a priority list of actions to revitalise traditional Main Streets.
  • Prepare a draft policy and processes for non-traditional food related land-uses.
  • Liaise with DP&E on progress of the Regional Growth Plans and/or District Plans.
  • Investigate and evaluate existing Main Street function and operations.
  • Investigate other councils' actions/case studies in revitalising Main Streets.
  • Investigate other councils' actions and policy on non-traditional food-related uses such as community gardens, farmer's markets, roadside stalls, verge planting and vertical planting.
  •  Work program milestones in policy adoption and implementation of masterplans for Centres and Redevelopment Areas.
  • Work program milestones for Main Street Revitalisation (where applicable).
  • Work program milestones in policy development
    • Community gardens
    • Farmer's markets
    • Roadside stalls
    • Verge planting
    • Vertical planting

Maintain and extend participation in local and regional food production and exchange

  • Participate in regional food networks
  • Research other councils’ policies (eg Food Futures)
  • Increased sales of local/ regional food production, as a percentage of consumption (retail survey)
  • Increase in number of community gardens
  • Increase in farmers' markets/ roadside stalls
  • Hits on Healthy Local Eating Directory

Promote private investment and innovation in healthy food

  • Establish a program to showcase/ promote local healthy food outlets; grow the reputation

  • Facilitate access to land for emerging producers
  • Promote regional food outlets to hospital sector and institutions
  • Establish in-house working group on economic development and food production/ distribution (or on Agenda of existing Economic Development Committee)
  • Participate in regional food networks
  • Increase in start-up of healthy food related developments by location
  • Increase in council time spent on promoting local healthy food businesses
  • Increase in new food business start-ups by location

Ensure food preparation and handling are clean and safe

  • Monitor and review inspection regime
  • Annual health inspection of all food outlets
  • All premises inspected annually
  • Less compliance notices issued

Minimise food waste to landfill

  • Consider a green/ food waste collection service
  • Develop “Waste Not’ Development Guideline provisions for food waste
  • Undertake waste minimisation programs that incorporate healthy eating such as food rescue programs
  • Review “Waste Not” DA Guidelines at other councils
  • Research existing arrangements at other councils
  • MOU with community-based redistribution groups (food rescue)
  • Reduction in food waste to landfill (monitor annually)
  • Number of residents involved in initiatives such as Love Food Hate Waste