From paddocks to plates: Shire plans for a healthier SJ

Published on Friday, 8 July 2022 at 8:58:42 AM

Protecting and promoting a healthy food environment is the vision of the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale’s Local Food Action Plan.

The three-year plan aims to create natural, built, economic and social food environments that support making healthy food choices and enhance the pathway to a healthier SJ.

The Local Food Action Plan consists of several objectives including building a resilient food system, ensuring easy access of nutritious and sustainable food and celebrating a vibrant food culture.

Through the plan the Shire aims to shine the light on local producers to help raise their profile, while also engaging with and supporting agricultural businesses.

The plan also outlines the importance of providing local schools with resources to deliver healthy food programs.

The Serpentine Jarrahdale Council is the first WA Council to endorse a comprehensive Local Food Action Plan and was developed in partnership with:

  • Edith Cowan University
  • Healthway
  • Western Australian Local Government Association (WALGA)
  • East Metropolitan Health Service
  • SJ Food and Farm Alliance

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Comments attributed to Shire President Cr Michelle Rich

“Creating a sustainable local food environment that makes a positive impact on the health of residents is a key focus for the Shire,”

“The Local Food Action Plan is a significant part of that focus and will help us connect with our residents through healthier food.

“This is an exciting step forward on our path to growing a healthier community, together.”

Comments attributed to Edith Cowan University Project Lead and Public Health Dietitian Ana Gowrea

“It’s been such a pleasure working with the SJ team to create this comprehensive plan,”

“SJ seeded and led this project and continue to inspire other local governments with practical ways to connect residents with healthy local food.”

Comments attributed to WALGA President Cr Karen Chappel

“This project is a fine demonstration of the important role that Local Governments play in public health and community wellbeing,”

“I congratulate the Shire of Serpentine Jarrahdale, and the other stakeholders, in delivering this successful project.”


Comments attributed to Lotterywest and Healthway Chief Executive Officer Ralph Addis

“We are proud to support these new local initiatives that improve access and availability of quality, affordable, and nutritious food,” Mr Addis said.

“The action plan will include guides for local governments to increase healthy food access.

“When completed, the guides will also be available to support other local governments address food system issues in their communities.”

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