Round Plate Event with OzHarvest

Environmental sustainability must be part of our daily lives, and to improve awareness of the environmental harm of food wastes Rotary Melbourne is partnering with Oz Harvest and the City of Melbourne to hold our inaugural event titled Round Plate during Melbourne Knowledge Week.

Enjoy a bespoke zero-waste three course lunch while learning about food sustainability, food security and the future of our food systems.

Listen to expert speakers Ronni Kahn AO, CEO & Founder of OzHarvest; Dr Sandro Demaio, CEO of VicHealth; and Phoebe Gardner, CEO & Founder of Beyond Ag.

Share their insights on the impact of food waste on the environment.

The event will be hosted by Mikaela Stafrace (RCM) and the DLM Nicholas Reece will be the Panel Moderator.

The tickets for the luncheon event at Cumulus Inc on 1st May can be purchased on line https://mkw.melbourne.vic.gov.au/event/round-plate/

Each ticket includes a $30 donation to OzHarvest to support their important work of food rescue, supporting vulnerable communities.


Every $1 donated to OzHarvest will provide 2 meals to those in need.

This event is part of Melbourne Knowledge Week, 26 April to 2 May 2021, proudly presented by the City of Melbourne.


Mikaela Stafrace is an MBA-qualified lawyer with a deep and long-standing commitment to the environment.

She studied at CERES Environmental Park, joined the Board, and became the Deputy Chair

in 2018. During that time, she helped guide the strategic direction of the Park and fostered external relationships that further strengthened the financial position of the Park.

She formed a community compost program with her neighbours and has built her own urban farm in St Kilda where organic cultivation techniques are used, and all irrigation comes from harvested rain water.

Mikaela spent many years in corporate settings providing insurance, risk, governance, and regulatory compliance advice. Mikaela has served as a company director on government boards & industry associations.

In 2019, she founded a social enterprise called WomenCAN Facilities Services and a charity called WomenCAN Australia. She is also a Myer Fellow.


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