Bellarine 2050 Our Place Our Future

Bellarine 2050 Our Place Our Future / Forum 3 Brendan McCartney

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2013 BELLARINE 2050 Forum 3,




We listened to one of the great leaders in AFL,

Brendan McCartney / Senior Coach Bulldogs.


This inspirational video clip from the Rising Star awards gives you a small insight into how a great leader thinks and engages his audience, as well as to the character of the person. His talk was extremely motivating to all who attended the 2013 Bellarine 2050 Forum 3.
Rising Star: McCartney steals the show Watch the Bulldogs coach’s stirring speech at the NAB AFL Rising Star award lunch

Brendan was the introductory guest speaker at Forum 3 to be held at Suma Park,

Bellarine Highway, Marcus Hill, on Friday 18th October, commencing 9.00am Rising Star: McCartney steals the show.

After Brendon’s inspirational speech the forum attendees were asked to form into adhoc groups to take part in some workshops that were to be formulated into ongoing programs for the benefit of all who live and work on the Bellarine Peninsula.

These workshops were closely monitored by the “master of ceremonies” to keep to a format of  

“How can we create positive outcomes for various areas of critical Food Water & Energy security issues?”

The first video to actively bring some ideas to the fore on “Energy Security” – More soon..

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BELLARINE 2050 Our Place Our Future / Forum 3

On 18th October, at Suma Park, the Committee for Bellarine will conduct the next and third of its
Bellarine 2050 Our Place Our Future forums, commencing 9.00 am
with guest speaker Brendan McCartney / Coach AFL Bulldogs, to be followed by a series of managed workshops, and lunch at 12.30pm with a keynote guest speaker.
The program focus will be on the key elements that define great leadership and in turn a level of confidence, within the community, for the future of The Bellarine, that the unwavering vision and skills of great leadership can provide.
In line with the previous two, this forum will attract those active community members with a genuine interest in the future of The Bellarine, along with an appropriate mix of local, State and Federal Government members and staff.
For further information, the outcomes from the previous two forums are available via the website along with further information of the Forum 3 program as it becomes available.
Suma Park Conference Centre & Homestead.
2135 Bellarine Hwy, Queenscliff VIC 3225, Australia
+61 3 5258 3507  ·

IMPORTANT – Rural zone reforms – effective 5th September, 2013

15 Aug 2013

The final stage in Victoria’s zone reform has been announced with the release of rural zone reforms.

The reformed rural zones make it easier to start and operate rural industries and to give rural and regional councils much greater flexibility in managing their own municipalities.

Regional growth is supported by providing a greater range of housing options in the Rural Living Zone and less red tape for people in rural areas altering or extending their homes.

Some of the changes include:

  • encouraging agricultural use of land, particularly in the Farming and Green Wedge Zones
  • allowing councils to consider more ‘off farm’ income streams on farms, such as farm machinery repair businesses
  • increasing the permit threshold for extensions to farm out-buildings, such as work sheds, shearing sheds and dairy facilities from 50 m2 to 100 m2
  • removing the need for a permit for primary produce sales, rural stores and most rural industries in the Rural Activity Zone
  • removing onerous restrictions on crop structures, to ensure protection from hail and other elements
  • allow councils the ability to determine smaller lifestyle lots in the Rural Living Zone where land has already been taken out of agricultural production
  • allow greater consideration of tourism uses in all but Green Wedge zones; and
  • promoting farm gate sales such as the sale of fruit, vegetables and other produce.

Councils will also have greater flexibility to consider land uses that were previously prohibited like primary and secondary schools.

The rural zone reforms are the final component of Victoria’s sweeping zone reforms and will come into effect on 5 September 2013.

For more detail refer

Have your say …. G21 Geelong Region Alliance releases G21 Regional Growth Plan/ draft Implementation Plan for comment …..

Have your say …. G21 Geelong Region Alliance releases G21 Regional Growth Plan/ draft Implementation Plan for comment …..
The G21 Regional Growth Plan was adopted by the Victorian Government last April as the framework for sustainably managing likely regional population growth of up to 500,000 by 2050.
G21 CEO Elaine Carbines said developing a G21 Regional Growth Plan / Implementation Plan was the logical next piece of work.
“We are now at the stage we need the wider community’s input. I’d encourage people to take an interest in the future of their region and planning for its inevitable growth,” Ms Carbines said.
“There will be extensive opportunity to obtain detail and provide feedback between now and 9 August. We’ll be running six ‘Open House’ drop-in information sessions across the region, conducting on-line surveys and will have background materials available on the Growth Plan website,”
“This draft Implementation Plan includes an infrastructure plan, detailed data on the current status of residential and industrial land supply, analysis of opportunities for longer-term urban growth and actions and strategies to ensure people have adequate housing choice in the future.
“Essentially we are now taking the planning up to the next level of detail to ensure the elements of the Growth Plan are put in place effectively,”
“The aim is to ensure the right regional infrastructure is in place at the right time.”
“The infrastructure planning elements of the Implementation Plan are the first of their kind in Victoria. They will allow G21 region councils, and other infrastructure providers, to attract investment and deliver infrastructure that’s coordinated and efficient.
“Similarly, the property sector and local councils will benefit from the data and action plans around industrial and residential property and the elements of the Implementation Plan were setting new standards in regional planning for Victoria. ”
Open House’ drop-in information sessions:
Bannockburn: Bannockburn Cultural Centre and Library, 27 High Street, Monday 22 July – 4.00pm to 7.00pm
Queenscliff: Borough of Queenscliffe Town Hall, 50 Learmonth Street, Thursday 25 July – 4.00pm to 7.00pm
Torquay: Torquay Improvement Association Hall, 12 Price Street, Saturday 27 July – 10.00am to 1.00pm
Colac: Colac Otway Performing Arts and Cultural Centre, 2-6 Rae Street, Wednesday 31 July – 4.00pm to 7.00pm
Geelong: Geelong West Town Hall, 153 Pakington Street, Thursday 1 August – 4.00pm to 7.00pm
Lara: Lara RSL, 2 Rennie Street, Saturday 3 August – 10.00am to 1.00pm.
Background Information
The draft G21 Regional Growth Plan Implementation Plan comprises:

  • a regional level Infrastructure Plan, identifying projects important to supporting the region’s growth and provision of jobs
  • a strategic housing incentives action plan and residential and industrial land supply analysis
  • analysis of the two ‘Further Investigation Areas’ identified in the Growth Plan for medium to longer-term growth.

and is supported by a Background Report and a number of draft residential and industrial land supply reports.
All documents can be downloaded from the project web site:

Shaping our future – food for thought.

Remaking a suburb for the creative class

Kaid Benfield’s Blog

Posted October 21, 2010 in Green Enterprise, Living Sustainably

By almost any conventional measure, Dublin, Ohio is a wildly successful community.  A suburb of Columbus, Dublin is one of the wealthiest municipalities in Ohio, with a median family income of $126,402, more than double that for the nation as a whole.  Unlike Midwestern cities founded in earlier days on an industrial economy, Dublin is a modern community that has experienced tremendous growth in recent decades, with fewer than 4,000 residents as recently as 1980, but upwards of 38,000 today.
a home in Dublin (via Chambers Custom Homes, Dublin) Jack Nicklaus's Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Golf Club (via GolfWorld)
Dublin is now home to the headquarters of Wendy’s, Ashland, Cardinal Health and several other corporations, including the new-technology OCLC (originally Online Computer Library Center).  Nationwide Insurance and Verizon have significant presence there.  The Professional Golf Association’s Memorial Tournament, one of its more prominent events, is hosted by Ohio native Jack Nicklaus and held annually in Dublin, and the community’s excellent golfing facilities also host numerous other events.  The Scioto River runs through the heart of town, which also can boast a very pleasant historic district.  It’s all working;  you may wonder, why change anything?
Dublin's historic district (courtesy of Goody, Clancy) Dublin's historic district (by: Pierre Metivier, creative commons license)
The answer is that Dublin’s leaders are thinking like a business.  They know that their success has been based on a late-20th century model of office parks, malls, and single-family subdivisions that is now becoming outdated.  Having been on the leading edge of past suburban success, they want to be on the leading edge for the 21st century as well.  And right now, although they have great assets to build upon, they suspect that they aren’t ready for the new generation of “customers.”
Outside of the relatively small historic district, for example, Dublin’s main transportation corridors are lined with development that is relentlessly automobile-oriented and unwalkable, and frequently bland.  What a visitor sees may mask an affluent community, but it also lacks cohesion and resembles nothing so much as run-of-the-mill sprawl, so typical of suburbs built in the 1980s and 1990s:
intersecting Bridge Street, Dublin (by: Doug Kerr, creative commons license)
OCLC parking lot (by: Emily Alling, creative commons license) Dublin Prospect Road, by the Scioto River (via Google Earth)
As recent city manager Terry Foegler told Holly Zachariah of The Columbus Dispatch, what Dublin is missing is what it needs to attract young professionals and empty-nesters: “a trendy, urban area in which to work, play and live.”
While some residents are rightly attentive to be sure that historic character is preserved, Eric Leslie of the Historic Dublin Business Association echoes the need to evolve.  Leslie told Zachariah that development that would get people to live downtown, make walking and biking there easier, and give them something to do would be wonderful: “We need an area where people can stroll and hang out, where people can have some fun.  What we need is an energy.”
In response, the city council has been working on something called the Bridge Street Corridor Study, a bureaucratic name for an exercise to determine whether there are parts of the community’s central area that could be re-imagined to accommodate more walkable, livelier development.  Technical support is being provided by Goody, Clancy & Associates, an architecture and planning firm that has advised clients all over the country – and the world, for that matter – on contextually appropriate urbanist makeovers.  (Disclosure:  Goody, Clancy’s David Dixon is a close professional friend.)  Bridge Street is Dublin’s principal east-west artery, though it takes other names along the way; it runs through the heart of commercial Dublin and the historic district.  The street is also Ohio Route 161 and, in places, US Highway 33.
the focus of planning (courtesy of Goody, Clancy)
study area context (courtesy of Goody, Clancy) citizens participate in planning (courtesy of Goody, Clancy)
Goody Clancy began the right way, listening to businesses and residents, while bringing in nationally recognized experts including Chris Leinberger, Laurie Volk, and Carol Coletta to offer perspective on development trends and markets.  All advised the community to go walkable and mixed-use to be positioned for the future.
“Honestly, I don’t know that any part of it came as a complete surprise to me, particularly in terms of housing stock and the kind of lifestyle environment that young professionals might be seeking,” council member Tim Lecklider told Jennifer Noblit of ThisWeek Dublin. “I’ve been saying for several years on council that we probably have a full complement of single-family homes for a community of our size. To build any more could create a glut of that type of housing.”
the study area is composed of districts with varying character (courtesy of Goody, Clancy)
Noblit’s article, which was published in December of last year, suggests that other council members are in general agreement, though some have a natural concern that the makeover occur in the right places.  Council member Richard Gerber told Noblit that an evolution to accommodate 21st-century lifestyle preferences could be seen as “the natural progression of things. We built a town and now we have fine neighborhoods that have attracted business.  I think in some way this is just one more part of the process.”
From talking to residents, businesses and community leaders, Goody, Clancy found that Dublin is facing increased competition from downtown Columbus, other suburbs, and other parts of the country for the young talent needed to supply the diverse, skilled workforce sought by modern employers.  “As many as 60,000 people work in Dublin in the course of a year,” Foegler told Philip Langdon of New Urban News; between 5,000 and 8,000 employees are hired every year in the community.
Goody, Clancy subcontractor and market analysts Zimmerman, Volk Associates found that, while “there is projected demand for about 1,500 housing units over the next 5-7 years in the study area,” most of that will be for housing more suited to singles and empty nesters than the community’s current housing stock.  Indeed, apart from the city’s study and as further evidence of a changing attitude, the high-tech OCLC is already examining walkable development alternatives for the 80 acres it owns in Dublin.
it is critical to protect community character (by: Jinjian Liang, creative commons license)
Goody, Clancy’s preliminary inquiry recognized that it will be important to build in a way that creates and strengthens neighborhoods, not just adds to them; that development should strengthen, not diminish, the town’s historic district and character; that transportation choices and more complete streets would be required; that the community’s greenway and open space network can grow.
The firm believes that the Bridge Street Corridor is an appropriate place to focus, with significant redevelopment opportunity due to the presence of several large parcels of land under single ownership (including commercial properties well past their prime), and several property owners seeking higher-value uses for their land.  Focusing on the corridor would also present opportunities for increasing connectivity and transportation access, while avoiding impacts on the community’s single-family neighborhoods, which mostly lie outside the study area.  Many of the details may be found in a Planning Foundations document presented in May of this year by Goody, Clancy to the city.
neighborhoods; park system; arteries needing attention (courtesy of Goody, Clancy)
The firm presented its vision for the corridor to the city earlier this month.  Goody, Clancy focused on neighborhoods, key arteries with potential for improvement, and expanding the park and trail system.  Their goal was to illustrate how the city could use thoughtful planning and redevelopment to achieve a future with these outcomes:

  • The Bridge Street Corridor is Dublin’s centerpiece. Dublin’s historical and cultural heart is strengthened and balanced by highly walkable districts and neighborhoods on both sides of the Scioto River.
  • Exceptional green spaces preserve the outstanding natural features in the corridor and seamlessly connect each unique district along the corridor.
  • Mixed-use districts bring together complementary arrangements of living, working and recreation in memorable settings created by distinctive, human-scaled architecture and streets that invite walking and gathering.
  • Greatly expanded choices in housing, employment, activities and transportation attract new generations of residents, businesses and visitors.
  • The Bridge Street Corridor radiates a diversity and vitality that mark it as a special place not only within Dublin, but within the region, nation and world.

the overall vision (courtesy of Goody, Clancy)
The concept is ambitious, integrating new townhome, multi-family and loft housing, new office space, new shopping and civic facilities, roof gardens, a trail network, and even space for a light rail line, amidst a fair amount of retained existing buildings.
Recommendations were differentiated for different sub-districts and neighborhoods.  (See numbered sections in image of the planning area above.)  Below, for example, are illustrative possibilities for (clockwise from upper left) the Indian Run district; the edge of the Indian Run district, bordering a natural area; the Sawmill district; and the Riverside district.
vision for Indian Run (courtesy of Goody, Clancy) the edge of Indian Run (courtesy of Goody, Clancy)
Riverside district (courtesy of Goody, Clancy) Sawmill district (courtesy of Goody, Clancy)
Earlier this month, urbanist trend-spotter Richard Florida wrote in The Wall Street Journal that, to do well in today’s economy, suburbs need a bit of urban character:

“Just a couple of decades ago, the suburbs were the very image of the American Dream, with their sprawling, large-lot homes and expansive lawns. Suburban malls, industrial parks and office campuses accounted for a growing percentage of the nation’s economic output. Planners talked about ‘edge cities’—satellite centers where people could live, work and shop without ever having to set foot in major cities.
“With millions of American homes now ‘underwater’ or in foreclosure, the suburbs and exurbs have taken some of the most visible hits from the great recession . . . The suburbs that have continued to prosper during the downturn share many attributes with the best urban neighborhoods: walkability, vibrant street life, density and diversity. The clustering of people and firms is a basic engine of modern economic life. When interesting people encounter each other, they spark new ideas and accelerate the formation of new enterprises. Renewing the suburbs will require retrofitting them for these new ways of living and working.”

vision for Tuller/Greenway district (courtesy of Goody, Clancy)
Later in his article, Florida makes clear that he believes that suburbs that take the necessary steps to become more walkable and urbane will be well-positioned to compete for the creative class (a phrase he coined):

“Walkable suburbs are some of America’s best places to live, and they provide their sprawling, spread-out siblings with a model for renewal. Relatively dense commercial districts, with shops, restaurants and movie theaters, as well as a wide variety of housing types, have always been a feature of the older suburbs that grew up along the streetcar lines of big metro areas . . .
“These are the places where Americans are clamoring to live and where housing prices have held up even in the face of one of the greatest real-estate collapses in modern memory. More than that, as my colleague Charlotta Mellander and I found when we looked into the statistics, the U.S. metro areas with walkable suburbs have greater economic output and higher incomes, more highly educated people, and more high-tech industries, to say nothing of higher levels of happiness.”

While it remains to be seen how much of Goody, Clancy’s vision will be adopted by Dublin as a viable plan, and what the details will be, what impresses me most is the foresight of the community’s leaders in undertaking the Bridge Street Corridor Study and understanding the opportunity they have to be just as relevant to the next thirty years as they have been to the last thirty.  The city now has some important things to think about, and I’m pulling for them.

“Buy Bellarine” Re-Focusing the Bellarine Community on Fresh Local Produce – be a VOLUNTEER

You Are Where You Eat:

Re-Focusing the Bellarine Community on Fresh Local Produce;

Will YOU support “Buy Bellarine” as a VOLUNTEER?

Picture yourself at the supermarket, awash in fluorescent light.

You’re trying to stock up for the next couple of weeks, since it’s a busy time of year.

You’re trying to eat healthy, and you wish there was somewhere to go that you knew would have real fresh local produce that you could buy.
Now imagine that the Bellarine had a public market– the kind of place that’s easy to pop by to grab fresh food every couple of days.  Well we are putting this together right now and need your support in the way of keen volunteers to make this a reality.

Please fill out the no obligation secure form below for us to contact you. Thank you for your time and interest.

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The breathtaking central hall of Cleveland’s West Side Market, a major hub in the host city for this year’s International Public Markets Conference (Sept. 21-23) / Photo: PBS NewsHour via Flickr

Small–medium business Waste Assessments available FREE

Small–medium business Waste Assessments available FREE


 P:  03 5272 4879F:   03 5272 4855E: 
 Future Proofing Geelong
This may be of interest to those of you who are small–medium businesses interested in reducing your waste.
Future Proofing Geelong
Dear Colleagues,
As per attached flyer and information below we have a limited number of free Waste Assessments available.
This offer is across all of Victoria so local businesses need to act fast as we have limited numbers of audits available.
Businesses receive a free report detailing the findings from the assessment including cost saving, waste avoidance/minimisation recommendations.
Essentially we are seeking small to medium size businesses in the Accommodation, Food Services (restaurants & cafes etc) and Manufacturing industries to participate in a waste assessment and materials efficiency project. If the business generates approximately 240 litres of landfill waste per day and are willing to have a consultant conduct a waste assessment on site they will receive access to this as a free service.
Ideally, if you could please let your customers and contacts know about this offer ASAP I would be grateful.
FYI all the details are included in attached PDF and below email.
Or for further details please contact Liza Coventry on 8662 5147.
Thanks for your support.

James Gulli | Regional Account Manager | Membership Services |
VECCI – Geelong  | 20 Little Ryrie Street | Geelong VIC 3220 | |
D: 03 5227 7990 | T: 03 5227 7900 | M: 0419 754 775 | F: 03 5223 3958

Dear Member,VECCI is looking for SMEs in the Manufacturing and Accommodation and Food Services industries to participate in a waste assessment and materials efficiency project. If you generate approximately 240 litres of landfill waste per day and are willing to have a consultant conduct a waste assessment at your site, your business has the opportunity to access this free service.What does my business get from participating in this project?
Businesses that participate in this project will receive:
An on site waste and materials efficiency assessment conducted by a VECCI Sustainability Consultant.
A report detailing the findings from the assessment including cost saving, waste avoidance/minimisation recommendations.What’s involved in a waste assessment?
VECCI’s consultants will assess one day’s worth of collected landfill waste; weighing and measuring the predominant materials. They will also conduct an interview with an appropriate staff member to gather information on business operations and processes and key material inputs such as raw materials or fresh produce. The consultant will be on site for 3-4 hours.What does it cost to participate?
It doesn’t cost anything for your business to participate, this project is being funded by the state government through the Beyond Waste Fund. All we ask is for a short amount of your time.What we need from you
To participate, your business will need to:
Operate within the Manufacturing or Accommodation and Food Services industries.
Generate approximately 240 litres of landfill waste per day (this amount would equal approximately 1.5m3 per week).
Have an area on site where a VECCI consultant could conduct the waste assessment.
Be available to have the waste assessment undertaken at your site between:
12 November – 7 December 2012 or 7 – 31 January 2013.
To express your interest in this project or request more information, please contact VECCI Sustainability Services on 03 8662 5196 or email

Subject: Guy – Melbourne, let’s talk about the future (media release)

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Subject: Guy - Melbourne, let’s talk about the future (media release)
Friday 26 October 2012
Melbourne, let’s talk about the future
Victorians are encouraged to have their say on metropolitan planning, during the next phase of community consultation, to develop a shared vision for greater Melbourne and Victoria.
Planning Minister Matthew Guy today launched a discussion paper Melbourne, let’s talk about the future to inform the development of the new Metropolitan Planning Strategy and to seek further public consultation into the development of the strategy.
“Melbourne is the world’s most liveable city, but we won’t remain that way through a business as usual approach. This is why the Victorian Coalition Government is reforming metropolitan planning and putting forward a long-term vision for our capital city,” Mr Guy said.
“In getting on with developing a new metropolitan planning strategy, which will guide the growth of Melbourne over the next forty years, there must be significant community consultation.
“The release of the first discussion paper will encourage Melburnians to again be a part of this process and will hopefully challenge the way we think about our state’s capital city and how it will grow in the future,”
Mr Guy said.
The discussion paper, developed by the expert Ministerial Advisory Committee (MAC) on Metropolitan Planning Strategy, canvasses a number of key issues that are expected to attract debate including:
· growing the central city as a 24-hour world city;
· delivering jobs and services to our outer suburbs;
· using our existing infrastructure more efficiently; and
· consideration of a permanent boundary around parts of the
metropolitan area.
“Melbourne has a history of integrated long-term strategic planning starting with the Hoddle Grid well over 150 years ago,” Mr Guy said.
“It is time to build on this foundation and engage with the community about how to shape a strategy that is visible, tangible and meets short, medium and long-term goals.
“We need to develop a strategy that drives productivity, secures Melbourne’s liveabilty and ensures Melbourne is a dynamic world class city.
“An understanding of what role Melbourne will play in Victoria and how Melbourne’s role will complement our regional centres will be critical,” Mr Guy said.
MAC has engaged in significant consultation with key stakeholders right across the Melbourne metropolitan area in the lead up to the development of the discussion paper.
Chair of the MAC, Professor Roz Hansen said that the discussion paper is designed to generate debate and engage with the community on the future of metropolitan Melbourne.
“Today’s announcement is the culmination of months of discussions and workshops with local councils, community groups and industry experts,”
Professor Hansen said.
“The logical next step is to open discussion up to the community and this paper does exactly that.”
The discussion paper has been developed around nine strategic principles to encourage debate and generate discussion that will ultimately drive the development of a Metropolitan Planning Strategy.
“It will be important that the new metropolitan planning strategy has a clear implementation plan that can be delivered by this and successive governments,” Professor Hansen said.
The discussion paper aligns with the Coalition Government’s major reform agenda including the delivery of major infrastructure projects such as the East-West Link and Melbourne Metro, the proposed planning zone reforms and a more efficient planning system.
“Today’s announcement is about developing a vision not only for land use planning but planning for employment, transport and infrastructure delivery,” Mr Guy said.
The strategy will take a long-term view of growth and change across Melbourne and its connectivity with regional Victoria, other Australian capital cities and globally.
“Developing a metropolitan planning strategy can only succeed if there is buy-in from all stakeholders, including local community,” Mr Guy said.
“The Coalition Government is committed to supporting and facilitating community groups to participate in the debate about the new strategy’s content.
“We are committed to working with the community and drawing on a broad range of expertise in developing the metropolitan planning strategy,” Mr Guy said.
Comments on the discussion paper close Friday 1 March 2013. View the discussion paper at
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You Are Where You Eat: Re-Focusing Communities Around Markets

You Are Where You Eat: Re-Focusing Communities Around Markets; Will YOU support “Buy Bellarine”?

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The breathtaking central hall of Cleveland’s West Side Market, a major hub in the host city for this year’s International Public Markets Conference (Sept. 21-23) / Photo: PBS NewsHour via Flickr

Picture yourself at the supermarket, awash in fluorescent light. You’re trying to stock up for the next couple of weeks, since it’s a busy time of year. You grab some granola bars (and maybe even a box of pop tarts), some frozen dinners, a box of macaroni with one of those little packets of powdered cheese stuff. And oh, they’re running one of those promotions where you can get ten cans of soup for, like, a dollar each. Perfect! Dinner for the next two weeks. On the way to the register, you swing by the produce aisle to grab a bunch of bananas. Like many people these days, you’re trying to eat healthy, and breakfast is the most important meal of the day!
Now imagine that your neighborhood had a public market–the kind of place that’s easy to pop by on the way home from work to grab fresh food every couple of days. Before you reach the open-air shed, you’re surrounded by produce of every shape and color; you can smell oranges and basil from half a block away. As you follow your appetite through the maze of bins and barrels, you bump into your neighbors, and make plans to head downtown to the central market over the weekend to take a cooking class and pick up some less common ingredients. You may even make a day of it and check out the new weekly craft fair that takes place the next block over.

Up in Nova Scotia, where Davies and O’Neil have been working with the Halifax Seaport Farmers’ Market, Operations Manager Ewen Wallace notes the importance of his market (which does have its own permanent building) in the local community. “Throughout my involvement in this project and spending so much time face-to-face with the community at large” he says, “the thing that’s really hit home is that the people of Halifax really do consider this their market.”

Buy BellarineShoppers peruse the booths at the Halifax Seaport Farmers Market / Photo: Nicole Bratt via Flickr

And while the market is truly a stalwart (they’ve never missed a Saturday in 262 years!), the role that it plays in the regional economy contributes greatly to the sense of community ownership, since most residents of Atlantic Canada are just a generation away from a farmer or fisherman. “At the end of World War II,” Wallace explains, “we had around 35,000 independent farms in Nova Scotia. Now we have around 3,800. This market is intended to serve as a hub from which money in the urban core is being channeled back into rural areas around the province. This is all tied to food security.”
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