Local Educators & Advocates

Local Educators & Advocates

Fair Food Educators & Advocates

Our region is blessed with a vast variety of organisations, programs and individuals who foster, promote and grow our thriving local food community. The below guide has been developed to acknowledge and celebrate these Fair Food Educators & Advocates, recognising the need for collaboration to unlock Fair Food for all.

Fair Food Educators & Advocates play a key role in delivering on a number of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals aimed at ending hunger, protecting the planet and reducing inequality for all.                                  

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 Organisations in the Illawarra 

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Organisation: Landscape & Permaculture Design and Education specialising in native & bush food gardens
Programs: Education Workshops and Presentations in Bush Food, Native Garden Design, Permaculture, Vertical Gardens, Small Space Gardening, Garden Design and more
Location: Illawarra
Website: www.agardenforlife.com.au
Contact: narelle@agardenforlife.com.au / 0404 123 747

Elemental Permaculture

Organisation: Aim to conserve and regenerate the natural landscape
Programs: Permaculture Courses to engage individuals and communities in the design and establishment of permaculture projects
Location: Illawarra
Website: www.elementalpermaculture.com
Contact: elementalpermaculture2012@gmail.com 0424 241 881

Fair Food Forager

Organisation: Non-profit organisation advocating to reduce food and plastic waste, support sustainable seafood, the consumption of local produce and the ethical treatment of animals
Program: An app that covers all the elements of sustainable practices within the food industry
Website: www.fairfoodforager.com.au
Contact: 0408 112 573 

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Organisation: Non-profit coalition, passionate about raising awareness and understanding about food security in the Illawarra community
Location: Illawarra
Website: www.foodfairnessillawarra.org.au
Contact: mail@foodfairnessillawarra.org.au / (02) 4283 8111

Green Connect

Organisation: Social enterprise and not-for-profit organisation focused on creating more jobs for former refugees and young people that help people and the planet
Programs: Urban permaculture farm, farm tours, workshops, working bees, zero waste service and education, op shop and labour-hire
Location: Warrawong
Website: www.green-connect.com.au
Contact: enquiries@green-connect.com.au /(02) 4243 1537

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Organisation: Is a non-profit organisation that works to promote and improve the health, physical environment and quality of life of the people of the Illawarra
Programs: Cook Chill Chat, Stir it up and FFI Governance
Location: Illawarra & Shoalhaven Region
Website: www.healthyillawarra.org.au
Contact: mail@healthyillawarra.org.au (02) 4283 8111

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Organisation: Non-profit organisation aiming to upskill the community to tackle food waste and shape a sustainable food future
Programs: Community dinners and workshops to educate the public about food and provide solutions on how to reduce food waste
Location: Wollongong
Website: www.hiddenharvest.com.au
Contact: info@hiddenharvest.com.au

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Organisation: Aim to create environments where people are supported to make healthy living choices by providing a range of healthy eating and active living initiatives for people of all ages
Programs: Stir It Up, Munch & Move, Healthy Canteens, Go 4 Fun and Live Life Well @ School
Location: Illawarra & Shoalhaven Region
Website: www.islhd.health.nsw.gov.au
Contact: ISLHD-HealthPromotion@health.nsw.gov.au / (02) 4221 6728

Kiama Municipal Council

Organisation: Mission is to create a municipality that has a healthy, vibrant lifestyle, beautiful environment and harmonious, connected and resilient community
Program: Community garden grants, Health and sustainability grants
Location: Kiama LGA
Website: www.kiama.nsw.gov.au
Contact: healthpromotion@kiama.nsw.gov.au / (02) 4232 0444

Kitchen Garden Foundation

Organisation: Supports and inspires educators to deliver pleasurable food education workshops in schools to teach children positive food habits through fun and hands-on learning
Program: Educational resources (The Kitchen Garden Syllabus for Primary Book) & professional development in kitchen garden courses
Location: Gwynneville, Berkeley, Coledale and Otford Public Schools
Website: www.kitchengardenfoundation.org.au
Contact: support@kitchengardenfoundation.org.au

Screen Shot 2019-08-26 at 9.34.28 amPermaculture Wollongong Institute

Organisation: Permaculture and sustainability education organisation with knowledge of the Illawarra’s unique bio-region and a permaculture food forests
Programs: Permaculture course and workshops
Location: Mount Kembla
Website: www.permaculturevisions.org
Contact: 0413 539 744

Popes Produce

Screen Shot 2019-08-26 at 9.34.37 amOrganisation: Non-profit organisation connecting people to homegrown food and encouraging people to start their garden
Programs: Food tips about growing seasonal produce, cooking ideas and education regarding sustainable movements
Location: Woonona
Website: www.popesproduce.com
Contact: sarah@ecodepot.com.au 0432 960 284

Screen Shot 2019-08-26 at 9.34.43 amShellharbour City Council

Organisation: Shellharbour City Council’s vision is a dynamic city that values and celebrates the unique diversity of our people, places and environment. They are a connected community working together to create a safe, sustainable future that provides opportunities for all to achieve their potential
Programs: Shellharbour City Council Nursery, Shellharbour Libraries programs, Sustainable Shellharbour
Website:  www.shellharbour.nsw.gov.au
Contact: council@shellharbour.nsw.gov.au (02) 4221 6111

Slow Food Saddleback

Screen Shot 2019-08-26 at 9.34.59 amOrganisation: A non-profit organisation that aims to promote good, clean and fair food, especially in our local area and to work with farmers and other producers to support their efforts in providing good food for us all
Programs: Snail of Approval Awards
Location: Kiama
Website: www.slowfoodsaddleback.com.au
Contact: slowfoodsaddleback2@gmail.com

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Organisation: Part of the Community College network that operates as an independent community based not-for-profit company dedicated to the principles of lifelong learning
Programs: Cooking and Gardening Courses to enhance everyday skills
Location: Wollongong
Website: www.weaillawarra.com.au
Contact: info@weaillawarra.com.au /(02) 4226 1622

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Organisation: Non-profit organisation that unlocks skills and works towards building mentally healthy communities and workplaces
Programs: Skill sharing workshops that help people to be resourceful and sustainable through cooking workshops, food tours and gardening
Location: Wollongong LGA
Website: www.therumpus.com.au
Contact: play@wildrumpus.com.au

Screen Shot 2019-08-26 at 9.56.50 amWollongong Botanic Garden

Organisation: Wollongong Botanic Garden is a place of natural beauty where people come to relax, celebrate and learn about the natural environment
Programs: A series of community gardening workshops that share tips on how to be more environmentally sustainable
Location: Wollongong
Website: www.wollongong.nsw.gov.au
Contact: (02) 4227 7667

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Organisation: Promote and support community members to live sustainably by encouraging the importance of growing  your own food or buying from local producers to reduce the carbon footprint
Programs: Wide range of initiatives such as community gardens and food and sustainability workshops
Location: Wollongong LGA
Website: www.wollongong.nsw.gov.au
Contact: council@wollongong.nsw.gov.au /(02) 4227 7111

 Food Programs in the Illawarra

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Organisation: Neami National provides outreach support for mental health recovery, independence and wellbeing
Program: A free program to identify work on physical health goals. Includes: Eat Plant Learn group program, one-to-one Peer Health Coaching & Kick the Habit (tobacco management)
Location: Illawarra, Shoalhaven & South Eastern NSW
Website: www.neaminational.org.au
Contact: active8@neaminational.org.au

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Organisation: Restaurant in Wollongong CBD
Program: Cooking Workshops to enhance your knowledge and experience about the perfect spice mix and cooking techniques
Location: Wollongong
Website: www.balinesespicemagic.com.au
Contact: balinesespicemagic@gmail.com / (02) 4227 1033

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Organisation: A family farm dedicated to practising sustainable agriculture and encouraging people to make connections with where food comes from
Program: Cooking and growing workshops on the farm that includes cooking classes, home garden classes, cheese making, chicken breeding and more
Location: Gerringong
Website: www.buenavistafarm.com.au/workshops
Contact: hello@buenavistafarm.com.au / 0414 703 958

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Organisation: Wollongong Youth Services is focused on community development, capacity building and connecting young people
Program: Cooking workshops for young individuals to choose what they want to cook, learn how to prepare healthy meals and eat a meal together
Location: Cringila and Bellambi
Website: www.wollongong.nsw.gov.au
Contact: youthservices@wollongong.nsw.gov.au 

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Organisation: Healthy Cities Illawarra works to promote and improve the health, physical environment and quality of life
Program: Healthy eating and social inclusion workshops that bring people together to share a meal, learn healthy eating tips and tricks and budget-friendly cooking skills
Location: Illawarra
Website: www.healthyillawarra.org.au
Contact: mail@healthyillawarra.org.au (02) 4283 8111

Cook and Dining at Home

Screen Shot 2019-08-26 at 9.57.38 amOrganisation: Flagstaff Group creates meaningful employment for people who face barriers to work as a result of a disability
Program: Cooking workshops that focus on simple and nutritious cooking and meal preparation for people with a disability
Location: Unanderra
Website: www.flagstaffgroup.com.au
Contact: 0408 352 564

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Organisation: Known for its flexibility and high-quality training, Kiama Community College ​offers a range of accredited vocational training and non-accredited Lifestyle courses.
Program: Healthy Eating Courses that offer students a Statement of Attainment from Certificate II in Hospitality and a pathway to the Stir It Up! Program. Fully funded for participants with barriers to employment or education.
Website: www.foodfairnessillawarra.org.au
Contact: info@kcc.nsw.edu.au / (02) 4232 1050

Community Gateway

Screen Shot 2019-08-26 at 9.57.56 amOrganisation: Community Gateway offers services and support people with disabilities, older people, carers, youth groups, individuals and community organisations
Program: Social cooking group where people with a disability learn to cook an entrée, main and dessert
Location: Wollongong
Website: www.communitygateway.net.au
Contact: info@communitygateway.net.au / (02) 4224 8614

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Organisation: NSW Health (Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District)
Program: Nutrition education and health & well-being workshops for 12-24 years including young people who are vulnerable, disadvantaged and homeless 
Location: Gwynneville
Website: www.syfs.org.au
Contact: syfs@syfs.org.au (02) 4240 4800

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Organisation: NSW Health (Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District)
Program: Healthy lifestyle program that runs one afternoon a week for kids aged 7-13  and their parents who are above a healthy weight over 10 weeks
Location: Illawarra and Shoalhaven
Website: www.go4fun.com.au
Contact: 1800 780 900


Screen Shot 2019-08-26 at 9.58.37 amOrganisation: Support people with a disability to transform their ideas and goals into experiences and achievements
Program: Cooking workshops to encourage disabled community members to become more independent
Location: Wollongong
Website: www.greenacres.net.au
Contact: info@greenacres.net.au / 1800 462 446

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Organisation: SENTRAL Youth Services (Kiama)
Program: Cooking and food preparation workshops for ages 12-24 years. To develop skills and share experiences & knowledge around cooking & food preparation to apply in their everyday lives
Location: Kiama
Website: www.kiama.nsw.gov.au
Contact: (02) 4233 1276

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Organisation: National Heart Foundation
Program: Provide information and skills on what to eat for individual health, healthy cooking on a budget and reading food labels for aboriginal communities
Location: Illawarra
Website: www.heartfoundation.org.au
Contact: contactus@heartfoundation.org.au

Live Life Well @ School

Screen Shot 2019-08-26 at 9.59.10 amOrganisation: NSW Health (Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District)
Program: To enhance teachers’ knowledge and skills in teaching nutrition and physical education in primary schools
Location: Illawarra and Shoalhaven
Website: www.healthykids.nsw.gov.au
Contact: ISLHD-HealthPromotion@health.nsw.gov.au

Stir it Up

Screen Shot 2019-08-26 at 9.59.19 amOrganisation: Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District & Healthy Cities Illawarra
Program: Trained peer educators volunteer their time to run healthy activities such as talks cooking demonstrations and classes & supermarket tours at a variety of community settings
Location: Illawarra
Website: www.foodfairnessillawarra.org.au
Contact: 4221 6777 (ISHLD) & 4283 8111 (HCI)

 Organisations at State and National Level

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Organisation: Advocate for environmental education and promote best practice to help people to live more sustainably
Program: Getting Started with Sustainability in Schools
Website: www.aaee.org.au
Contact: admin@aaee.org.au / 0405 278 700

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Organisation: A farmer-led organisation to create an equitable, sustainable and resilient food system for all Australians
Website: www.afsa.org.au
Contact: admin@afsa.org.au

Australian Organic

Screen Shot 2019-08-26 at 10.14.49 amOrganisation: A non-profit industry body that promotes certified organics, supports certified organic businesses and ensures organic standards in Australia remain in the hands of the supply chain
Website: www.austorganic.com
Contact: contact@austorganic.com

Screen Shot 2019-08-26 at 10.14.55 amDietitians Association of Australia (DAA)

Organisation: Committed to supporting and advocating for nutrition professionals and building healthier communities. Deliver evidence-based information on food and nutrition locally, nationally and internationally
Website: www.daa.asn.au
Contact: info@daa.asn.au / (02) 6189 1200

Greening Australia

Screen Shot 2019-08-26 at 10.15.01 amOrganisation: An environmental non-profit organisation tackling Australia’s biggest environmental challenges with the best science and the best people to return life to landscapes
Programs: Programs that bring life to landscapes and restore balance to the natural environment in significant areas across Australia
Website: www.greeningaustralia.org.au
Contact: info@greeningaustralia.org.au / 1300 886 589

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Organisation: Help to create environments with healthy options and give people information and support to enable them to look after their heart health. Their focus is on healthier food supply and more active living
Programs: Koori Cooking Program
Website: www.heartfoundation.org.au
Contact: contactus@heartfoundation.org.au

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Organisation: A non-profit organisation advocating and responding to local needs and opportunities for nutrition education and health promotion
Programs: Nutrition education workshops, seminars and cooking demonstrations
Website: www.nutritionaustralia.org
Contact: (08) 6201 0469

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Organisation: Food rescue organisation collecting quality excess food from commercial outlets. They believe education is crucial to help enable positive change for vulnerable people
Programs: NEST and Nourish and The Curriculum-aligned education program FEAST for primary school students is currently being piloted in the Illawarra & Shoalhaven
Website: www.ozharvest.org
Contact: info@ozharvest.org / 1800 108 006

Public Health Association Australia

Screen Shot 2019-08-26 at 10.15.27 amOrganisation: A non-government organisation for public health which works to promote the health and well-being of all Australians.The association seeks better population health outcomes based on prevention, the social determinants of health and equity principles
Website: www.phaa.net.au
Contact: phaa@phaa.net.au(02) 6285 2373

Right to Food Coalition

Screen Shot 2019-08-26 at 10.15.31 amOrganisation: A non-profit coalition of organisations, practitioners, researchers and community workers united to improve the health and well-being of all Australians by working to ensure equitable access to nutritious food
Website: www.righttofood.org.au
Contact: nsw@righttofood.org.au

● Advocates: Lobby decision-makers to support a healthier, sustainable and fairer food system
● Educators: Increase community food knowledge and skills that influence individual and community behaviour


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* The information in this guide was correct to the best of our knowledge at the time of printing and will be updated annually