South East Food

Sustaining our Towns partnered with regional producers’ group SCPA – South East Producers to undertake a food industry development program in the south east region called ‘South East Food’. The aim of this project is to grow the local and regional food economy from within.  The project covers the Bega Valley, Bombala, Cooma-Monaro, Eurobodalla, Palerang, Queanbeyan, and Snowy River local government areas, as well as exploring linkages into the ACT.

South East Food Action Plan finalised

The ‘South East Food Plan: A Plan for Growing the Regional Food Economy in South East NSW’ was finalised and released in May 2012.  The Plan describes ten prioritised projects that will be pursued by SCPA – South East Producers in partnership with a range of local and regional stakeholders to grow the regional food economy of south east NSW.  The production of the Plan follows that conducting of research, production of a Discussion Paper and stakeholder engagement described below.  To download a copy of the Plan and find out about the progression of the project after May 2012 see go to

Stakeholder consultation

The project convened a number of regional food meetings in  in February 2012.  The aim was to seek comments and further insight into the Discussion Paper paper in order to develop it into a South East Regional Food Action Plan.  Our goal was for the plan to include local and regional actions and strategies that could be funded and implemented as projects over coming years.

South East Food Discussion Paper

The South East Food Discussion Paper  (Note 2.7MB) was published in December 2011.  The paper gathers together a range of research – including the local online survey conducted during November 2011 – into a discussion of how to grow local, sustainable food production and consumption across the region.

Initial Scoping Research

Initial scoping research was undertaken in July and August 2011 to inform the project’s development and implementation.  This was undertaken in conjunction with the project’s Reference Group.   This initial research helped to:

  • Develop a database of existing local producers, transporters and food buyers who can be further surveyed through the project
  • Get an initial idea of the barriers and drivers for the local food industry across the region
  • Help to clarify the questions that should be asked of future project research participants to ensure key information is captured so that an action plan can be developed
  • Find models and approaches that are being used elsewhere that could have relevance to this region

During this time Carolyn Wells and Adrianne Waterman introduced the project at the successful Permaculture Convergence convened by SCPA -South East Producers in Bega on 20 August 2011.  Download their Presentation for the Permaculture Convergence to find out more about their intial findings and thinking.


For more information about the South East Food Project contact Carolyn Wells on 0417 430 750 or

You can also find more information about the project at South East Food.

Members of the South East Food Reference Group enjoy a local 'bring and share' lunch; from left to right Tracey Rich, Stuart Whitelaw, Carolyn Wells, Chris Kowal, Geoffrey Grigg, John Champagne, Adrianne Watermann


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