BELLINGEN'S Green election team plan to work with the Shire Council to establish a model community garden.
Over time they hope it will become a hub to build social cohesion and civic pride as well as being a resource for developing greater self-sufficiency in local food production and knowledge about growing food.
“A huge experiment with our health and that of our children is now underway,” said Aleasa Williams, Greens candidate for the elections.
“Because serious issues about the health impacts of non-sustainable practices and GM foods have never been satisfactorily resolved.”
The Bellingen Local Food Network, started in 2007, aims to maximise the production, distribution and consumption of locally-produced certified-organic and non-chemical food, grown in accordance with the principles of sustainable agriculture, and also bring about greater use of sustainable agricultural practices in the Shire.
“Food security and food sovereignty will become critical issues as we seek to define our local agricultural, labour, fishing, food and land policies which are ecologically, socially, economically and culturally appropriate to the Shire,” said Ms Williams.