Saturday 14 December
  2:00pm to 3:30pm
Suitable for: Adults
Location: McAuley Gallery


With almost 50 % of all food waste coming from the home it’s time to think, talk and take action to fight food waste. This panel discussion, facilitated by the ABC’s Kathy McLeish, will explore ideas from panellists from diverse disciplines all fighting food-waste creatively at a community level.  Activating an inspiring audience discussion on how we can enact change in a domestic setting to fight food waste this Christmas and beyond.
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Kathy McLeish – Panel Facilitator
Kathy McLeish is a senior journalist with the ABC. She’s reported widely across ABC programs including 7.30, Landline, Australian Story and News and Current Affairs. In addition to roles as executive producer of Stateline and 7.30 Qld and producer of several documentaries and specials for the ABC. As a reporter, she’s covered assignments ranging from the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race, the Nauru detention centre riots, the last Mentoring Taskforce handover in Afghanistan, Queensland’s major natural disasters, and been lucky to be one of the few people to have seen a night parrot in the wild. Kathy is the convenor and a founding member of Women in Media, Queensland.
Elizabeth Willing – Artist
Brisbane artist, Elizabeth Willing, is fascinated by food and the act of consumption. Food is both the object and subject of her art-making. She explores, often in unexpected and disconcerting ways, how we use food and how food impacts on us, physically and psychologically. As a volunteer with OzHarvest for many years, Elizabeth is committed to their cause and transfixed by the scale of waste that is rescued by OzHarvest daily. She says, ‘visually and ethically this abundance weighs on me. It makes me frustrated at the problems inherent in our industrial food system. I’m also shocked at the scale and variety of the organisations reliant on these sorts of charity for everyday necessities.’
Josh Lopez – Chef and Owner of Wolfe, former Executive Chef for Queensland Art Gallery and Gallery of Modern Art (QAGOMA)
In Josue “Josh’ Lopez’s former role as Executive chef for QAGOMA he not only cooked for world leaders as part of the G20, he ensured during his tenure that QAGOMA’s leftover food was redirected to those in need through OzHarvest. In 2019 Josh purchased The Wolfe in East Brisbane.  He continues to offer contemporary Australian cuisine with a focus on local and native ingredients. He is chef ambassador for the Scenic Rim, which is coined Brisbane’s food bowl.
Sarah Carroll, OzHarvest NEST Program Co-ordinator, Gold Coast
Sarah Carroll is a multi-talented food waste fighter, educator, and wearer of many hats, with a dual role at OzHarvest Chef and Food Rescue Driver. Sarah is passionate about social justice and believes in empowering individual action through education.Sarah is able to put her public health nutrition qualifications and more than 15 years’ chef experience into practice leading OzHarvest’s Cooking For A Cause team building program, and in facilitate OzHarvest’s NEST workshops to educate and empower vulnerable communities to improve their food utilisation, nutritional outcomes and social inclusivity.

Nick Steiner, CEO and Founder of the Mini Farm Project
Nick Steiner founded The Mini Farm Project in 2014 to enhance food justice in communities by working with people to grow, eat and sell fresh, healthy, culturally appropriate food. With 25 years in the catering and hospitality industry and studies in Business and Permaculture design, Nick combined his passions for healthy food, lifestyle and gardening to serve those in need through the Mini Farm Project. The MFP seeks to transform under-utilised spaces into productive urban farms using permaculture principles that contribute to environmental sustainability.  The program aims to enhance social well-being by supporting socially inclusive food systems and increasing food security. Three sites are operational in Brisbane with two new sites planned for 2020.







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