In 2012 the City of Casey and the Australian Network of Food Hubs saw the opportunity to bring together diverse stakeholders around the concept of a Food Hub serving the market needs of farmers and the food needs of the Cranbourne Narre Warren population. Annie came in to develop a stakeholder engagement plan that would see different parties invest in new options in food access in peri-urban Melbourne.
The Western Sydney Region of Councils wanted new and fresh solutions to urban water catchment management across the region. In a pilot project working with young and older community members in Fairfield, Hawkesbury and Glenbrook Annie and her collaborator Jade Herriman introduced creative methods to grow public awareness of concreted creeks, weed management and peri-urban agricultural water supply. The workshops, true to the problems at hand, created buy- in from communities and quality engagement to build on in future.
Citizen committees are an asset to local government. They give advice, manage halls and make links with communities. This project focuses on their many roles, and aims to assist councils to get the right committees operating in the right way. The partnership project with the Australian Centre of Excellence for Local Government, Nillimbik Shire Council, Surf Coast Shire Council and Wyndham City Council runs from Aug 2012-13. Other partners supporting the project are: Australian National University, newDemocracy Foundation, Municipal Association of Victoria (MAV) and the Victorian Local Governance Association (VLGA).