Natural Environments

Natural environments are the biological systems that include biodiversity, land, air and water; and environmental interactions such as farming processes, land-use systems, energy and pollution.

Opportunities for action

  • Support a local food system which makes nutritious and sustainably produced food available, affordable and appealing.
  • Encourage local food production and sharing local food through farmers’ markets and community gardens.
  • Ensure planning and management policies for land and sea use safeguard food system resilience and productivity.
  • Designate appropriate locations for food processing industries, making the most of resource exchange and minimising environmental impacts.
  • Use council parks, reserves and verges for community gardens and common orchards.
  • Encourage food producers to re-distribute under-utilised food resources, such as excess fresh produce, to foodbanks.
  • Develop innovative solutions to efficiently use natural resources, maximise biodiversity, minimise wastage, enable business growth and address climate change.
  • Support community education programs on food waste management and/or buying local, seasonal produce.
  • Support gardening, worm farming and composting in higher density developments such as roof-top gardens and home food gardens.