This was part of the Permaculture Elders Award acceptance speech by Mark Brown, recalling completing his Permaculture Design Course with Bill Mollison. PA members Mark and partner Kate Beveridge, who run Purple Pear Farm, and PA member Julianne Hartman comprised three of the ten Permaculture Elder Award recipients.
PA members were well represented in the Community Service award recipients, including Kirsten Bradley and Nick Ritar (Milkwood Permaculture), Hannah Maloney (Good Life Permaculture), Lis Bastian (The Big Fix/Permaculture Blue Mountains), Dan Palmer (Making Permaculture Stronger) and Richard Telford, Permaculture Principles.
We are thrilled to announce that PA Board Director Wendy Marchment (pictured above right), also received a Permaculture Community Service Award, which includes her service with Permaculture Australia and previously with Northey Street City Farm.
Finally, congratulations to Virginia Solomon, outgoing PA Board Director and Permaculture Elder who was awarded a Community Service Award for her outstanding commitment to permaculture education and Permaculture Australia.
The full list of the 2021 Community Service awardees are listed below.
2021 Permaculture Elders Award recipients
Jill Jordan (deceased)
Jane Scott (deceased)
Rob Swain (deceased)
David Arnold (deceased)
2021 Community Service Award recipients
A huge congratulations to all those who received awards and for their commitment and support to permaculture in Australia and globally.
The 2021 Permaculture Australia Annual General Meeting was held on the 13th April 2021 at the Australasian Permaculture Convergence in Brisbane.
Congratulations to the following Board of Directors who have been appointed for 2021/2022:
Wendy Marchment, Victoria
Donna Morawiak, Queensland
Greg Rodwell, Victoria
Sophie Thompson, Queensland
Jed Walker, New South Wales
A huge thank you to our outgoing Board of Directors Greta Carroll, April Sampson-Kelly and Virginia Solomon, and also to Robyn Francis as the appointed Chair for the AGM.
Finally we are thrilled to announce David Holmgren, the co-originator of permaculture, has been appointed a Patron of Permaculture Australia. This is an enormous honor for Permaculture Australia and we look forward to working with David and the team at Holmgren Designs to further advocate for permaculture solutions.
(L-R) Kiran Charlie (PA Webmaster), April Sampson-Kelly (Outgoing Director), Robyn Francis (AGM Chair) Sophie Thompson (PA Board Director), Wendy Marchment (PA Board Director), Donna Morawiak (PA Board Director) Jed Walker (PA Board Director), David Holmgren (PA Patron), Virginia Solomon (Outgoing PA Chair) and Kym Blechynden (PA Membership & Marketing Manager).
Permaculture Australia is seeking Expressions of Interest to host the 16th Australasian Permaculture Convergence, to be held in April/May 2023. Traditionally an organisation from a different state or territory has hosted each time in rotation. A full list of past locations is listed below.
Pappinbara, New South Wales (NSW)
Crystal Waters, Queensland
Roseworthy, South Australia
Turangi, New Zealand
Perth, Western Australia
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
Open for submissions.
How to apply
Interested organisation(s) should completed an EOI submission describing:
the vision for the APC
possible venues for the APC, including a pre/post permaculture festival event
the format of the event
the organising group/committee and experience in event management.
The one page submission should be submitted to email@example.com before 5th April 2021
All submissions received will be made public on the Permaculture Australia website following the closing date. Applicants will then be invited to speak to their application at the upcoming Australasian Permaculture Convergence, either in person or via web-link for those that aren’t present.
Australian Permaculture Convergence (APC) 15 — Date Claimer! An entry for your diaries/calendars:
Sunday 19th April 2020 – Permaculture Festival at Northey Street City Farm (Brisbane, QLD)
Monday – Thursday 20-23 April 2020 – Australian Permaculture Convergence at Redland Bay, South Moreton Bay (35 mins from Brisbane – accessible by public transport).
Tours of Northern NSW and Southeast QLD will follow the convergence.
A heavy overcast sky and a strong cold wind made it a day for wooly sweaters and warm jackets as the Permaculture Festival 2018 at Canberra City farm got underway. The weather failed to dampen either the festivities and enthusiasm nor the music of The Incredible Vegetable Sound System.
Among the fruit trees and vegetable gardens of the city farm, the Permaculture Festival was a fine start to the next four days of the 14th Australasian Permaculture Convergence at Cotter, by the Murrumbidgee on the outskirts of Canberra.
Sound is energy and the upbeat sound of the Incredible Vegetable Sound System gave people the energy to get up and dance away late-autumn’s chill at the Permaculture Festival at Canberra City Farm.
Singer/songwriter, Charlie McGee, mixes important messages and entertainment with the the Incredible Vegetable Sound System.
Harmonious, informative and convivial — that was APC14, the 2018 Australasian Permaculture Convergence in Canberra this past April.
In this page of short video clips, participants say what they thought of the event and where they are headed next in permaculture. Note for photographers: Video clips shot on iPhone 7 Plus with sound recorded by Rode Video Micro microphone. Edited on Splice on mobile device. Formatted for this presentation on Adobe Spark Page. SaveSave SaveSave SaveSave SaveSave