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SFFA Annual Report 2007-2008

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SFFA President’s Report 2007 – 2008

I would like to thank all the members of the Sydney Food Fairness Alliance Management Committee, and to commend their extraordinary dedication and commitment to progress the aims of the organisation.  Many SFFA members, including those on committees, have contributed extra hours to the organisation, while others have generously volunteered their time, during another hectic year for Sydney Food Fairness Alliance.

SFFA has grown extraordinarily since it formed in 2005.  It aims to co-ordinate the efforts of health professionals, academics, community workers, rural producers, urban planners, community gardeners, and community-based advocates in developing a socially, economically and environmentally sustainable food system. It has developed into a credible organisation with a membership of 200 individuals & organisations.
Our members include those working in health, aged care, community services & welfare, local government, urban planning, agriculture & primary industries, community gardens, organic food industries, food and hospitality industries, media, education, ethics, religious organisations and interested individuals.
The FFA encourages government, communities and businesses to work together to deliver programs that will:

  • ensure access to affordable healthy food by everyone
  • increase public knowledge of the importance of a healthy and productive agriculture in the Sydney Basin and its contributions to our quality of life.
  • educate people about the importance of a wide range of foods, in particular
  • fruits and vegetables, to good health
  • allow people to enjoy seasonal quality food from the region.

The objectives of SFFA are to work towards food security and sustainable food systems using research, education networking and advocacy to realise these aims.  We resolved that our work would be informed by respect for sustainability, human rights, social justice and community development.

Members have met bimonthly to consider a range of food security and food systems issues and plan corresponding activities consistent with the Business Plan.
The Communication, Education, Research, Political Advocacy, Community Development and Fund Raising sub-groups have worked towards specific objectives.
The list serve is operational and facilitates information share between members. SFFA website is live and is in the process of being updated.

SFFA Strategic Plan 2008-2010

The SFFA Strategic Plan 2008-2010 was developed to build on achievements and focus on actions to promote real food security and sustainable food systems across the Sydney Basin.
The SFFA Strategic Plan identified key directions as:

  • the opportunity to influence current food-related issues
  • commitment to developing a longer-term strategic approach to food production and access in Sydney
  • using the SFFA strengths as an alliance to maximum effect.

Priorities identified for action in 2008 were:

  • support further debate about genetically modified foods in Australia
  • campaign to improve affordability of food for those on low incomes
  • raise awareness of impact of food insecurity on obesity
  • develop a strategic approach to food production, supply and access in Sydney
  • ensure adequate resources for SFFA to function effectively
  • develop a showcase of community food projects in Sydney/metro region.

On-going SFFA activities

  • showcasing local and regional action to promote food security and sustainable food systems
  • initiating conversation about the development of a food policy for Sydney e.g. with City of Sydney Council
  • distribution of SFFA resources at community events and meetings including:
    • Randwick EcoLiving Fair
    • World Environment Day
    • Willoughby Spring Festival
    • Permaculture North
    • Glebe Fair
    • Sydney University Whielegg event
  • a new SFFA banner was purchased to take to events and was carried by members on the Walk Against Warming in November.

Strategic alliances

Strategic alliances have been initiated and/or maintained including:

  • Red Cross which generously hosts SFFA meetings
  • The SFFA liaises with the Illawarra Food Fairness Alliance and Heather Yeatman attended many of our Food Summit planning meetings
  • The Rural Women’s Network
  • City of Sydney Council
  • TransitionSydney.

Grant applications

A City of Sydney Community Grant application for preparations for the Food Summit for $5,000 was successful.
A DECC sustainability project involving 6 councils, to partner with     SFFA, submitted in September, was unsuccessful.

Discussion sheets

The 7 Discussion sheets prepared by the SFFA have been widely distributed and will shortly be reprinted. This year new sheets have been developed on the following topics:

  • Overweight and Obesity, the hidden role of food insecurity
  • Where Has All Our Food Gone? Influences on the global food supply
  • Food and Climate Change, is climate change really occurring?

Current research, publications & topics

SFFA welcomed the launch of Refugee Health Service report on Food Insecurity in Refugees in Fairfield in June which showed that over 80% of families in some refugee communities are food insecure. SFFA members are actively involved in a new intersectoral Refugee Health Food Security Action Group arising from the launch.
‘People Living with HIV & Food Insecurity’ Louise Houtzager from Albion St presented her work in Australia & overseas on nutrition for people living with HIV & AIDS.

Research has shown 31% suffer food insecurity. 40% of those on pensions had food insecurity. Free food accessed was often inappropriate and not nutritious. Now working on strategies to address their findings, e.g. creating supportive environments, developing cooking skills, education to maintain nutritional status, linking to other support groups such as Food Distribution Network, Meals on Wheels. Assisted by community nutrition students.

Conferences and forums

  • Presentation of paper on community development and food insecurity to the Population Health Congress in Brisbane in July
  • Poster presentation accepted for the same conference.
  • Ethos Transitions Strategies ‘Going Local Conference’ Brisbane
  • ‘Feeding our Future’ Conference Southern Cross Uni/Lismore Council
  • Local Economies May, UNSW – Transitions
  • Australian Permaculture Convergence, Sydney.

Members attended or were invited to participate in:

  • Department of Primary Industry meeting in Windsor
  • Dr Adam Drewnowski: Economic Drivers of Diet, Nutrition and Food Consumption, Sydney University, July
  • Transitions Cities UNSW
  • Public seminar, ‘Regional Food Systems’, Australian Planning Institute, Sydney November.
  • Department of Primary Industry Sydney’s Agriculture: ‘Planning for the Future’ 17 December.


  • Rural Womens Network 13th February

Community events – education

Randwick Ecoliving Fair attracted a large crowd. Sally and Mark gave an impressive presentation, SFFA brochures were displayed. Raised     potential for holding information nights for presentations, or link to existing events e.g. Living Green, council events, green fairs.

  • met with City of Sydney Social Planners re City of Sydney 2030 Vision and implications for food security. Discussion re SFFA objectives
  • the Hon Clover Moore subsequently made a Private Member’s Statement to Parliament on 5th June ‘Securing Sydney’s Food Supply’ with reference to SFFA members’ representations
  • support for New Matilda Campaign for Human Rights Bill
  • questions given to Ian Cohen, who then put the questions in Parliament to Minister for Primary Industry re sustaining agriculture in Sydney Basin.

SFFA public submissions

This year SFFA made a number of submissions to public inquiries and in response to public documents. These have included:

  • submission to ACCC grocery prices enquiry in March
  • comment on City of Sydney 2030 Vision in May
  • Phillip Bay Community Gardens in July
  • the Senate Inquiry into Food Production in Australia in October.


  • Correspondence to Get Up regarding food advocacy and GMO
  • Letter of support re: UN meeting re: GMOs.

Key SFFA strategy for 2008 — 2009

Because of the many and increasing demands on the SFFA Management Committee, & in order to consolidate our energies to  plan & organise the SFFA Food Summit 2009 effectively, it was resolved that summit planning should be the main focus for the management committee from mid 2008 to October 2009.

The SFFA Food Summit 2009

planning committee
The SFFA Food Summit Planning committee formed & has been     meeting regularly. There has been rigorous discussion surrounding     the Food Summit. A discussion document was compiled to address ‘Summit Profile’; themes; target audience; marketing; communication plan; networks.

The Sydney Food Summit will be held 22-23 October 2009 in the Teachers Federation conference centre with capacity for 400     participants. The October date will link the Summit with Anti- Poverty     Week International Food Day and Sydney’s Good Food Month
The Summit will be held over 2 days, with opportunities to visit innovative local food security initiatives on the second day.

A Food Summit Expression of Interest Form has been compiled and distributed among relevant organisations, networks, NGOs, academics, other government departments, food co-ops, student organisations. Distributed at Local Government Annual Conference, and Department of Primary Industry Forum. A wide range of supporters and sponsors is currently being engaged.

On-going issues for SFFA

Responses to topical issues and other decision-making is often needed between meetings:

  • need to establish protocols for decision-making to maintain democratic process and ensure practical workable decision making
  • requests for communications and presentations
  • need to develop a range of powerpoint presentations
  • engaging the energy of students and increasing our profile
  • need to up-date the SFFA website regularly e.g. monthly.

The committee

Thanks are due to Liz who drove the Strategic Plan, essential co-ordination and administration. Catriona for networking and planning towards the Food Summit. Jill for her extensive experience. To Charles for his research. To Fiona and Russ for the website and linking with many organisations. To Jocelyn for managing the finances. To the Red Cross for providing a place to meet. For all the secretarial work. To all the members of the committees, and indeed everyone who has contributed to the SFFA thus far. Everyone has contributed generously and I apologise if I have neglected the efforts of anyone.

We in turn look forward to continuing to work together collaboratively over the year ahead:

Communication / Media Advocacy Subgroup Report

The Communication Subgroup held meetings and communicated with each other between meetings by email.

Discussion sheets are being compiled on a range of topics:

  • Overweight and Obesity, the hidden role of food insecurity
  • Where Has All Our Food Gone? Influences on the global food supply
  • Food and Climate Change, is climate change really occurring?

Community Development & Fund Raising Report

The Community Development and Fund Raising working group.
The objectives are to raise awareness of food security in the general community, to engage the community and other stakeholders around the issues of food security. To this end the working group met and developed a work plan. They link with the communication group to ensure working together on common issues, provided regular feedback to this group and the broader SFFA through attendance at meetings and emails. They also attended a number of events in 2008 distributing SFFA information pamphlets.

Treasurer’s Report

Sydney Food Fairness Alliance has established a range of processes to ensure the transparent and accountable management of financial affairs. Payment requisitions and cheques are prepared and approved by two authorised members of the Management Committee, tax invoices are distributed when reimbursement of costs and payment for services was sought and receipts were issued upon receipt of funds.
Drawing on these processes we can report that the Sydney Food Fairness Alliance ended its second financial year with a small surplus.

The Management Committee would like to thank members and supporters for donating funds over the course of the year.

Particular gratitude is extended to South West Area Health Service for assisting the Alliance to recoup printing and meeting costs, and for dedicatring $5,000 towards the Food Summit.

The Committee looks forward to working with members to secure and manage the resources necessary to promote food security and sustainable food systems over the year ahead.

Financial Report

Income and Expenditure Statement for SFFA

TREASURER’S REPORT 18th December 2008


Opening balance



Closing Balance


After the last bank statement






Elizabeth Millen



Catriona Macmillan

(The Organics Directory)



Catriona Macmillan







7 @ $25.00 and 1 @$ 5.00





Balance 1/12/08 to 31/12/08



Closing Balance


Jocelyn Howden

Management Committee

  • President: Lynne Saville
  • Vice-Chairperson: Russ Grayson
  • Secretary: Liz Millen
  • Public Officer: Liz Millen
  • Treasurer: Jocelyn Howden

Members of the Management Committee

  • Jill Finnane
  • Sally James (resigned mid 2008)
  • Charles Rue
  • Catriona MacMillan

List Serve Moderators:

  • Fiona Campbell
  • Pat Rayner

Contact Details


c/- Food Distribution Network Inc
Redfern Centre
9 Ogden Lane
Redfern NSW 2016 Australia


Sally James M: 0410 145 473
Lynne Saville M: 0438 341 436

Listserv and website


Lynne Saville
Sydney Food Fairness Alliance

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SFFA Annual Report 2006-2007

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