Healthy individuals live, work and play in thriving healthy communities and Councils play a key role in creating these environments.
Sections 6 & 7 of the Local Government Act 1999 mandate Councils: ‘to encourage and develop initiatives within its community for improving quality of life of the community’ and ‘to provide for the welfare, wellbeing and interests of individuals and groups within its community’.
Food is an essential part of our daily lives and having consistent access to affordable, nutritious and safe food is fundamental to good health and is an important aspect of improving quality of life. Creating healthier local food environments provides for the wellbeing of the community by improving availability and accessibility to healthy food choices and it can also create enormous social, economic and environmental benefits for Councils and their communities.
Supporting a healthier local food supply can help build a stronger and more sustainable local economy, encourage collaborative partnerships and create small business opportunities and local food production, processing and distribution. Food can also play a role in creating stronger social support networks and opportunities for community members to come together (ie farmers markets, community gardens and food swaps).
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