14 October, 2015. 15:30
CLANCY OVERELL | Editor | Contact
Inner-city residents of Sydney have today put forward a proposal to local council that enforce an official gluten-free zone in the main street of Surry Hills.
After months of petitions and meetings with barristers, local blogger Lynne Seede has officially met with Lord Mayor Clover Moore to discuss the plan, which has been gathering momentum for months.
“We aren’t asking for this. We are demanding it,” she said
“There are thousands of Surry Hills residents that recognise gluten can be harmful, and quite frankly, we don’t want it here,”
The proposed exclusion zone is set to cover roughly two kilometres of Crown street, one of the busiest night life precincts in Australia.
“Working with a local mothers group, I came to the idea after the Mosman city council banned cigarette smoking in the streets. Shortly after Barry O’Farrell imposed the lock-out on pubs in Kings Cross,”
“We thought ‘what is the biggest concern for our children and neighbours?’ – It became pretty clear that it was the excessive amount of gluten being served at our local restaurants and diners,”
“There has been a huge grassroots push for this exclusion zone. It’s our very own lock-out,”
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“If you are visiting Surry Hills and want to eat bread, then I’m sorry you can keep walking down to Redfern,”
Ms Seede went on to explain how the concept of a gluten-free zone is quite easily something that could extend across the entire city.
“It’s a matter of education. People who live in Surry Hills seem to be a bit more educated than most residents of Sydney. Particularly when it comes to diet,”
Ms Seede is a food blogger and also a director of her very own Surry Hills based PR agency, The Sweaty Mistress. As a community leader and dietary activist, she features heavily in the documentary series, Streets Of Sydney