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SFFA July Open Meeting – Oxfam GROW Campaign

Posted on 12. Jun, 2014 by .



You are warmly invited to the next Sydney Food Fairness Alliance open meeting to hear Debbie Hunt talk about the Oxfam GROW campaign. Read more about the Oxfam GROW campaign at

Date: Monday 14 July 2014

When: Australian Red Cross, St Andrews House  Level 4, 464 Kent Street Sydney NSW 2000

Time: 4:45pm. There will be issues access the building after 5:00pm so please be prompt.

Other: Light refreshments will be provided.

About our speaker Debbie Hunt

Debbie has a B Social Science (Politics and Policy) and a Masters of Social Change and Development specialising in Food Security and Rural Sustainable Development. Debbie has worked for Oxfam in the role of the NSW/ACT State Campaign and Engagement Coordinator for the past 4 years, prior to this role she worked at the NSW volunteer coordinator with Make Poverty History for 2 years. She is a mother of 4 amazing young adults/ teenagers and lives on a small organic farm on the Southern Highlands of NSW. Currently she is coordinating Oxfam’s GROW campaign, which advocates for sustainable development, reducing climate change and increasing food security.

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Putting Food on the Table Conference Website NOW LIVE!

Posted on 01. Jun, 2014 by .


The website for the Right to Food Coalition’s Putting Food on the Table conference is now live!


Confirmed keynote speakers include Joel Berg (New York City Coalition for Hunger), Catherine Harding (The Good Foundation/Jamie Oliver’s Ministry of Food), Martin Laverty (Catholic Health Australia), Professor David Adams (University of Tasmania) and Aunty Beryl Van-Oploo (Yaama Dhiyaan Hospitality & Training Centre/Gardeners Lodge Café).


Early bird rates will be offered until 22 August 2014. Subsidised and scholarship conference tickets are available for eligible participants (see website for more details).


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Keeping Hawkesbury Region Gasfield-Free

Posted on 28. Mar, 2014 by .


SFFA will host an open evening for all interested to hear about and contribute to plans to keep the Hawkesbury region gasfield-free. The Hawkesbury area is one of the prime growing regions for fresh perishable vegetables for the Sydney market.

Isabel McIntosh, who has been campaigning with the Lock the Gate Alliance, will talk about how communities have built resistance across NSW and will  assist with discussion on  how we can take action and who we would need to work with.


Light refreshments provided

Date: Monday 14 April

Time: 5 – 6.30pm 

Venue: Bennelong Room, Level 4, Red Cross House, behind Town Hall

Entry: Go to the LH entry of the two Red Cross sections of St Andrews House. Take a lift to the 4th floor and go to Reception. Bennelong room is just around to the right.

If you are after 5pm, the lifts won’t work and you need to ring Lisa on 0418 117 264  to get in. Sorry no entries after 6pm

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Putting food on the table is everyone’s business

Posted on 10. Mar, 2014 by .


The SFFA is pleased to announce that the dates of the 2014 food security conference have been confirmed. So, write it down in your diary: 13 and 14 October 2014.

At this stage, we cannot confirm the names of the key note speakers but will make them public as soon as engagements are firmed up.

It will be a big event with talks, tours, group discussions, and much more.

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2013 – Annual General Meeting

Posted on 22. Nov, 2013 by .


Time has come again to meet and report on the latest campaigns, issues, as well as to discuss with you our plans for the future. Following the AGM, we will present the new film from the ‘Lock the Gate’ campaign. Light refreshment and finger food will be on offer!

So, join us for the SFFA’s  AGM that will be held on the 4th of December, 2013

Where: at Sydney Mechanics’ School of Arts, Level 1, 280 Pitt Street, Sydney.

The time: at 5pm

The agenda:

  • Confirmation of previous AGM
  • Presentation of Annual Report
  • Presentation of Financial Report
  • Election of Officers
  • Other business


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Hunger at our Doorstep on World Food Day!

Posted on 27. Sep, 2012 by .


Despite abundant food in Australia, many families go hungry on a regular basis, with evidence suggesting this is a growing problem now affecting the ‘working poor’.

Food insecurity is also experienced by children impacting on their physical, social and emotional development.  So, join us to learn about the problem but also to hear inspiring stories of courage and enterprising spirit.

Keynote speakers will include reknown nutritionist Rosemary Stanton,  Foodbank NSW CEO Gerry Andersen and social entrepreneur Michael Maxwell.

The event will be held on Tuesday 16th of October 2012 (on World Food Day and during the Anti-Poverty Week) at the Theatrette of the NSW Parliament House on Macquarie Street Sydney.  For more info about the event visit the event page or download the flyer here.

Hope to see you there and don’t forget to bring your friends along.  Poverty is a matter that concerns all of us!

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City-fringe farms crucial for food security

Posted on 14. Sep, 2012 by .


Safeguarding farms from urban sprawl and mining is crucial to minimise shortage-induced price hikes and to ensure we know our food is local and safe, a forum in Sydney’s premier food producing region will hear next week.

The forum will call for integrated state planning, a more inclusive national food plan and overseas purchase of land be subject to a national interest test.

It has been organised by the Sydney Food Fairness Alliance (SFFA) and NSW Farmers’ Region 7 which covers the greater Sydney metropolitan area and hinterland, accounting for almost all the farms and market gardens providing fresh food for the city.

NSW Farmers’ spokesperson and Sydney farmer Fred Haskins says: “Australia is currently experiencing a fruit and vegetable shortage and will have to rely on imports for at least another couple of months because of frost in Queensland and flooding in Victoria. This brings increased  biosecurity challenges such as foreign crop diseases. Our city is increasingly less able to feed itself and unless the metropolitan strategy plans are reversed and we give more support to our farmers, we can expect more price rises as half of the numerous small Sydney farms disappear to make way for houses within two decades.”

Water system pioneer Peter Andrews, who created Natural Sequence Farming will headline the panel just weeks after the . Andrews, who will give insights into water retention and purity using natural processes says it is crucial that research into the long-term effect of mining and drilling into aquifers be mandated before mining operations commence. “As a result of the Hunter and Bylong Valley mining, I believe we will see a toxic plume through the groundwater all the way to Newcastle because it is connected. With deep groundwater changes could disrupt systems that have been in place for 10,000 years or more,” he says.

Department of Primary Industries’ Murray Spicer will detail extensive survey work by the Department on agricultural lands in NSW. “Because of urban expansion and consumer demand for unseasonal food, Sydneysiders are increasingly eating food from north Queensland down to Victoria and South Australia as the season progresses rather than from Sydney Basin farms, “ says Spicer, who is the Department’s horticultural program leader.

Biodynamic farming consultant/ex-CSIRO scientist Maarten Stapper, from Canberra, will highlight the environmental and health imperatives for moving to a more sustainable farming model with less reliance on finite resources such as fuel, chemicals and synthetic fertilisers in a climate-affected and carbon pricing environment.

AusBuy CEO Lynne Wilkinson will stress the importance of knowing where our food comes from and supporting Australian agriculture and our relatively high food standards and land management. “There are chemicals still used overseas that are banned here which Australia no longer tests for because of budget cuts. So, increasingly we have to rely on the word of the people selling us their food. We are also diminishing our ability to produce our own food because of sales of agricultural land overseas. In Western Australia for example, Chinese interests are producing milk for their domestic consumption.”

For more info go to the event page and download the flyer with the details.

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