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Alan Bradley, Andrew Outhwaite, Jason McFarlane and Fiona Shallcross kick off the ‘We Love Local?’ discussions with a coffee at local independent café SaltDish.

We Love Local? Ethics, economics and ecology of ‘localism’ up for discussion

March will see a range of opportunities to discover and grow the benefits of ‘localism’ in the Midwest. Pollinators Inc and partners are collaborating to run surveys, events and online discussions about the ethics, economics and ecological impacts of buying, eating, and even banking, locally. Full details are available online at https://pollinators.org.au/learning/swarm-events/love-local/

We Love Local?

There are 5 opportunities to get involved and have your say:

  1. Complete the 5-minute individual (consumer) survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/97DWF5N
  2. Complete the organisation (business) on selling local: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HDD5TCC
  3. Join the panel discussion (in-person or online) on Tues 11th March: https://pollinators.org.au/event/love-local-panel/
  4. Join the workshop on Tuesday 25th March: https://pollinators.org.au/event/love-local-training/
  5. Start a conversation: with your friends, at the markets, in the shops, or online!

Andrew Outhwaite, Pollinators Inc Executive Officer, said: “We have a lot of great local enterprises, organisations and causes, but we also live in an increasingly globalised world and economy. Whether its grabbing a coffee, donating to a charity or using a graphic designer our individual choices can add up to have a significant impact on people and the planet. Our members and partners agreed that it was timely consider how we can be smarter and better-informed about ‘localism’.”

The mix of surveys, workshops and online discussions will give a rounded perspective on the reasons, impact and opportunities for individuals, charities, and businesses. Pollinators and partners are also using this month to facilitate meetings that focus on strategies and action plans for ‘local’ retail, social enterprise and tourism development.

Alan Bradley, Executive Officer of Regional Development Australia Midwest and Gascoyne said his organisation supported the survey, to uncover the facts, perceptions and habits of buyers, producers and retailers in the Midwest. “A thriving local economy is part of RDAMWG’s vision for this region, and this survey will uncover some of the issues and barriers that prevent more people buying locally. It will also highlight opportunities for local producers and retailers to increase their local market share.”

Alan Bradley, Andrew Outhwaite, Jason McFarlane and Fiona Shallcross kick off the ‘We Love Local?’ discussions with a coffee at local independent café SaltDish.

Alan Bradley, Andrew Outhwaite, Jason McFarlane and Fiona Shallcross kick off the ‘We Love Local?’ discussions with a coffee at local independent café SaltDish.

Featured guest speakers and stories include:

  • Jason McFarlane of Pracsys — an expert in regional economic development.
  • Johnny Barber of Drylands Permaculture Farm — a globally-significant demonstrations of local, sustainable dryland agriculture
  • Greg Payne of Karara Mining — who have an innovative approach to local procurement.
  • Paula Fletcher of Calypso Designs — creator of the ‘We Love KB‘ maps in Kalgoorlie-Boulder.
  • John Stanley of John Stanley Associates — consultant and adviser on growing local enterprise.
  • Mark Weston of Bookara Goat Dairy — selling locally produced cheeses in the Midwest and across the state.
  • Wendy Norris of Geraldton Organised Primary Producers —a Midwest success story taking a collaborative approach to local buying.

We Love Local? sponsors and partners include:

  • Mid West Development Commission
  • Regional Development Australia Mid West and Gascoyne
  • Geraldton Organised Primary Producers
  • Midwest Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Sinosteel Midwest Corporation Limited

Full details are available online at https://pollinators.org.au/learning/swarm-events/love-local/

Media contacts

Andrew Outhwaite, Executive Officer of Pollinators Inc: 0466694702 who can provide phone numbers and further details for all the presenters.

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