Joshua Collings

Victoria
Community champion, connector

In late 2019, a bushfire destroyed Joshua's Upper Murray home and almost everything he owned. Rather than give up on rural life, he was inspired to not only rebuild, but also be a part of regenerating his community and help set it up for a more secure future. With COVID-19 further highlighting the vulnerability of the local food system, Joshua and a local team established the Acres and Acres Co-op. This growing community-led initiative is providing local food security and employment through a network of small-scale sustainable farms, supported by logistics, distribution and marketing solutions. Joshua wants to replicate this model to help more communities create sustainable local food systems that provide resilience and jobs while encouraging social inclusion and connectivity.

Joshua Collings