Advocate columnist graces cover
HE’S a well-known foodie and an Advocate columnist, and shortly his image will be delivered to every home between Urunga and the Queensland border.
A picture of Nick Rose, taken in the main street of Bellingen, has been selected to grace the front cover of the 2010/11 White Pages/Yellow Pages Directory.
A spokesman for Sensis, which publishes the directory, said Nick was chosen because his commitment to raising community awareness about sustainable food systems easily fitted the theme of this year’s cover, Australians Creating a Better Future.
In 2007, Nick helped establish the Bellingen Local Food Network. One of its first initiatives was the Bellingen Local Food Film Festival which was launched in 2008 and via the use of short films and guest speakers highlights the benefits of supporting local food producers.
The successful running of the Bellingen Festival prompted Nick to help start the Coffs Coast Local Food Film Festival, which has reached out to enthusiastic audiences across the coast.
Nick is passionate about promoting the local food movement to younger generations. With support from teachers, parents and students, he recently helped establish an edible garden at Bellingen Primary School.
Nick and his dedicated team are now working with several other primary schools in the Coffs Harbour and Sawtell areas to establish edible gardens in 2011.
Beyond his commitment to the Local Food Alliance, Nick works with Food Connect, an award-winning organisation that connects city people with fresh, locally produced food; is the national co-ordinator of the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance, and; writes fortnightly columns for the Advocate’s Rural Weekly pages Saturday.
“We need to educate people of all ages about the importance of consuming food from local sources,” Nick said.
“Whether it’s mum who shops at the grocery or her 12-year-old son, everyone needs to be aware of the impact their food choices have.
“I feel that through the film festival and all the fantastic work being done by so many different people in our region, and nationally, that we are starting to spread awareness.”
Distribution of Coffs Harbour’s new White and Yellow pages directories will begin on Thursday.