This project is funded by Healthway (the Western Australian Health Promotion Foundation) and supported by Edith Cowan University.

The 'Local food environments: a guide for local governments in Western Australia' is a health promotion project that aims to increase local government co-ordination and capacity to influence, activate and create safe, secure and healthy local food environments in Western Australia.

In partnership with stakeholders across the food and public health sector, Edith Cowan University has developed the practical tools and resources contained in this website.

The project is being piloted in four local governments from late 2019 to June 2021.

Based on Victoria's Healthy Food Connect model, the website materials intend to help local governments identify local needs and opportunities that support sustainable access and availability to nutritious foods, particularly fruit and vegetables.

Local governments are invited to explore current trends, practices and policies across their natural, built, economic, social and cultural food environments to identify priority actions.

Local partnerships, projects and policies are the desired outcomes.

Project Team

Ana Gowrea

Kathy Ride

Project Lead/Chief Investigator, Lecturer in Nutrition & Dietetics, School of Medical and Health Sciences, Edith Cowan UniversityProject Officer, School of Medical and Health Sciences, Edith Cowan University

Co-Chief Investigators

Meet our co-chief investigators from Edith Cowan University:

  • Professor Amanda Devine, School of Medical and Health Sciences, Edith Cowan University
  • Ros Sambell, Lecturer, School of Medical and Health Sciences, Edith Cowan University
  • Dr Stephanie Godrich, School of Medical and Health Sciences, Edith Cowan University
  • Associate Professor Martin Masek, School of Science, Edith Cowan University


The project is guided by an Advisory Group that is comprised of members with broad expertise in healthy food supply and access (including in nutrition, health, food systems, governance and land management), and from both government and non-government organisations:

  • Agriculture and Food Unit - Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development
  • Cancer Council WA and LiveLighter campaign
  • Child and Adolescent Health Service - Department of Health, WA
  • Department of Health and Human Services, Victoria - Prevention and Population Health Branch, Community Participation, Health and Wellbeing Division
  • Chronic Disease Prevention Directorate, Public Health Division, Department of Health, WA
  • Food Unit, Environmental Health Directorate, Public Health Division Department of Health, WA
  • Healthway
  • National Heart Foundation (WA Branch)
  • North Metropolitan Health Service
  • Perth NRM (Natural Resource Management)
  • South Metropolitan Health Service
  • WA Council of Social Service (WACOSS)
  • WA Country Health Service (WACHS)
  • WA Local Government Association (WALGA)