2021 Permaculture service awards announced

2021 Permaculture service awards announced

” You can’t unlearn this stuff “

Bill Mollison, 1995

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)
  • Kate Beveridge
  • Mark Brown
  • Steve Cran
  • Julianne Hartman
  • Hans Erken
  • Penny Pyett.

2021 Community Service Award recipients

  • Lis Bastian
  • Kirsten Bradley
  • Cally Brennan
  • Bunya Halasz
  • Penny Kothe
  • Hannah Maloney
  • Wendy Marchment
  • Dan Palmer
  • Nick Ritar
  • Virginia Solomon
  • Richard Telford.

A huge congratulations to all those who received awards and for their commitment and support to permaculture in Australia and globally.


Introducing the new Board of Directors

Introducing the new Board of Directors

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).

Bids open for next APC 2023

Bids open for next APC 2023

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.

  1. Pappinbara, New South Wales (NSW)
  2. Otford, NSW
  3. Yarrahapinni, NSW
  4. Albury, NSW
  5. Crystal Waters, Queensland
  6. Roseworthy, South Australia
  7. Nimbin, NSW
  8. Eltham, Victoria
  9. Sydney, NSW
  10. Cairns, Queensland
  11. Turangi, New Zealand
  12. Penguin, Tasmania
  13. Perth, Western Australia
  14. Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
  15. Brisbane, Queensland
  16. 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 hello@permacultureaustralia.org.au before 5th April 2021

Next steps

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.

We look forward to receiving the submissions.

APC15 — Date Claimer!

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.

Permaculture Festival 2018 — cold and windy but a great start to APC14

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.
Celebrating LIFE, celebrating PERMACULTURE

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.



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APC14 — participants have a say

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.
APC14 — impressions & next steps
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