Foodprint Melbourne

Foodprint Melbourne is a research project that investigates what grows in Melbourne’s city fringe foodbowl, the vulnerabilities in the city’s food supply and the importance of Melbourne’s foodbowl for a more resilient and sustainable food future for the city.



Briefing papers


Foodprint Melbourne is a collaborative project between VEIL (University of Melbourne), Deakin University and Sustain: The Australian Food Network (formerly the Food Alliance). The project is funded by the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation.

Foodprint Melbourne has a number of project partners who are represented on the project’s Stakeholder Advisory Group. Project partners include the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation, the City of Melbourne, Mornington Peninsula Shire, Wyndham City, Cardinia Shire Council, the Interface Councils, the Peri Urban Group of Rural Councils, LeadWest, and RDA Southern Melbourne.

Foodprint Melbourne is an innovative project to identify food regions in and around Melbourne that are producing a variety of fresh food within easy reach to the city. It will assist the community to make better decisions to strengthen our city’s food system. –Catherine Brown, CEO, Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation.

The Foodprint Melbourne project aims to:

  • Identify the potential economic, health, social and environmental benefits of meeting more of Melbourne’s food supply needs from within the state of Victoria
  • Generate data that can be used to build a sound case for investment in Melbourne’s regional food economy
  • Identify vulnerabilities in Melbourne’s food supply and approaches to address them

Foodprint Melbourne will help us to better understand how Melburnians can access fresh, locally grown food into the future. – Greg Jacobs, Team Leader Health Projects, City of Melbourne

Melbourne's Foodbowl

Foodprint Melbourne builds on the Food Alliance’s Know Your Foodbowl project and VEIL’s Food Supply Scenarios project.

The Know Your Foodbowl project revealed that as much as 40 – 50 % of our fresh fruit and vegetables are produced in areas just outside the city’s fringe.

Agricultural production in these areas contributes $1.3 – 1.6 billion to Victoria’s economy and provides 6000+ jobs.

Areas like the Mornington Peninsula would benefit significantly if Melbourne sourced more of its food from regional Victoria. – Gillian Stewart, Rural Business Officer, Mornington Peninsula Shire Council

Project Lead


  • Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation
  • City of Melbourne
  • Mornington Peninsula Shire
  • Wyndham City
  • Regional Development Australia and Regional Development Victoria
  • LeadWest
  • Cardinia
  • Peri Urban Group of Rural Councils
  • Sustain - The Australian Food Network

More information


Dr. Rachel Carey



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