Notice of 2020 Annual General Meeting

Notice of 2020 Annual General Meeting

Notice to members of the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Permaculture International Limited (trading as Permaculture Australia) to be held:

  • Thursday 30th April 2020 at 8.00pm AEST via Teleconference (see instructions in Agenda)

Members are recommended to read the Annual report including Financial statements before the meeting. Note that the Annual Report is for Jan 1-Dec 31 2019 and so the 2020 AGM accepts the 2019 report. The meeting will cover AGM business as per the following Agenda.

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New Directors

PA’s AGM took place on Sunday 14th April 2019. The main business besides approving the annual report is accepting a new Board of Directors for the 2019/2020 year.
The new Board is now Virginia Solomon, Wendy Marchment, and Cally Brennan who all stood again. New comers are Ian Lillington from Victoria and Kym Blechynden from Tasmania. More info on the Board of Directors as well as the volunteer teams can be found here.
Permaculture Australia thanks Ronni Martin, Keri Chiveralls, and Dylan Graves for their tenure on the Board.

Notice of 2019 Annual General Meeting

pil-logoiNotice to members of the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Permaculture International Limited (trading as Permaculture Australia) to be held:
Sunday 14th April 2018 at 11.00 AEST at 103 Thompson Crescent, Research, VIC (private residence of Virginia Solomon), or join us via Teleconference (see instructions below)
Members are recommended to read the Financial and Annual reports before the meeting. Note that the Annual Report is for Jan 1-Dec 31 2018 and so the 2019 AGM accepts the 2018 report. The meeting will cover standard AGM business as per the following Agenda.

Here are all the relevant documents




If you are unable to attend the AGM, you can still vote (All proxies are to be returned by email to the Secretary by 11.00 am AEST Saturday 13 April 2018.). Here are the instructions on how to vote via proxy and the form for you to complete to nominate your proxy voter:

You have until 11am Saturday 13 April to nominate someone as a director of PA:

Click on the tabs for more information…

[accordion][accordion_element title=”Election of Board of Directors”]
Notes on the election of Board of Directors:
Under the Articles of the Company, a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 7 Directors shall be appointed. The current Board have expressed a strong desire to support new Directors, to maintain diversity of representation and to achieve the full number of 7 Directors. The roles of Secretary and Treasurer will also need to be filled, from within the elected Directors.
All nominees must be nominated by two other members. Nominations can be received in writing before the meeting or when the item is considered during the meeting. If you cannot attend in person please use the attached proxy form to make nominations or to offer an expression of interest to accept a nomination to the Board.
If you are not attending in person, you may join the meeting via Teleconference call. (See instructions below) The Teleconference will be opened 10 minutes prior to the commencement of the meeting allowing the secretary time to verify members as they join the call.
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Telephone numbers for joining a conference call
The participants join the meeting by dialing the toll free number or one of the city telephone numbers listed below – as appropriate for you, then the enter the access code as directed.
1. Dial into the conference:
Dial-in Number: (02) 8077 0530
Australia: Access Code — 324972
International Dial-in Number — https://www.freeconferencecall.com/wall/enews/#international
2. Join the online meeting:
Online Meeting Link: https://join.freeconferencecall.com/enews
Online Meeting ID: enews
Instructions:

  • At the scheduled date and time of the meeting, dial into the conference line. When prompted, enter the Access Code followed by the # key.
  • To join the online meeting, click on the meeting link listed above and follow the prompts to join the meeting.
  • For 24/7 customer service please call 844-844-1322

For Inquires:

[/accordion_element][accordion_element title=”Election of Directors to the Board”]
If you would like to be active in the PA organisation and help its development over the coming twelve months and beyond, it important to:

  1. Make sure you are a current financial member of Permaculture Australia and
  2. Consider whether you may like to nominate to become a Board member or if you would like to nominate another qualified permaculturalist to become a Board member (with their prior agreement).
  3. Attend and contribute to the AGM in person or by teleconference.
  4. If you are not available on the AGM date, you can submit your proxy vote beforehand.

[/accordion_element][accordion_element title=”What does Board membership involve?”]
Being a Board member of Permaculture Australia is an unpaid honorary position with the Board requiring the 7 Board members to collectively have a mix of the following skills and abilities.
[/accordion_element][accordion_element title=”How are Directors elected?”]
Under the Permaculture Australia Constitution, members who wish to stand for election to the Board must be nominated by at least 2 other members. If you want to self-nominate and don’t know any PA members, then send a couple of references from people who know what relevant skills you have to offer PA, and PA members attending the AGM can nominate during the AGM if they feel they have enough information about you (you are also entitled to speak to the meeting in support of your self-nomination).
The minimum number of Directors is 5, and the maximum 7. All positions are declared vacant at the AGM, but current Directors can re-nominate. Nominations can be made prior to the AGM, and nominees are encouraged to post information in support of their candidacy on the PA website, including the names of their nominating members.
Nominees can also be nominated by 2 members on the floor of the AGM. Where there are more than 7 nominees, Directors will arrange for a ballot to be held.
PA Board member nomination details
[/accordion_element][accordion_element title=”I’d still like to vote and nominate someone but can’t attend the AGM?”]
If you cannot attend the AGM you can have someone vote on your choice on your behalf, as a proxy. Click the button about proxy voting above.
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Nominations so far…

The following people have been nominated for election to the management board of Permaculture Australia. Click on their name to find out more… [more will added here as they are received]

[accordion][accordion_element title=”Virginia Solomon — VIC”]Current PA Director standing for re-election
Supporting statement: why Virginia would make an appropriate board member
Qualifications: BA, Grad. Dip Education, Diploma of Permaculture, Diploma of Training and Assessment Systems, Cert IV TAE, PA Member for more than 15 years
Experience (in Governance & Management): Board Chair since 2016, Member of Education Team of PA, Co-editor APT Assessment Guides Project and Chair of the Review Committee. Member Industry Reference Committee for the Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation & Land Management Training Package. Also many other committees related to Permaculture in Victoria, Environmental Education, Parent-teacher groups, craft groups and conference organising committees.
Permaculture background: Taught on PDCs, taught permaculture at Eltham College to Year 9s (Certificate I) and later to adults (Diploma) as well as working as an RPL Assessor and teaching the Certificate IV in Training and Assessment to help train up permaculture trainers. From 2002 has worked on the development of the Accredited Permaculture Training courses including the migration of the courses into the national AHC training package.
What would you bring to PA and the board? I bring history of involvement with permaculture in Victoria and Australia since the late 90s, organisational ability, writing skill, knowledge of the training system in Australia, experience working on strategic projects and working closely with large and small teams. A commitment to permaculture as a way of life and a community of individuals, organisations and enterprises working together for a better world.
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[/accordion_element][accordion_element title=”Wendy Marchment — VIC”]Current PA Director standing for re-election
Supporting statement: why Wendy would make an appropriate board member
Qualifications (incl. PDC, APT, & other): BSc, PDC, Cert III Permaculture, Cert IV TAA
Experience (in Governance & Management): numerous committees associated with universities. Have held positions of Chair, Treasurer and committee member associated with Permaculture Geelong, Bicycle advocacy, squash clubs, Child care management etc
Permaculture background: Education Coordinator at Northey Street City Farm 2010-11. Permaculture Geelong Convenor 2014-16, organiser of 2015 Geelong PDC. Member of Permaculture Educators Guild.
What would you/they bring to PA and the board?: organisational skills, teacher perspective, university admin background, expertise in surveys and analysis, report writing skills
Referees: Robin Clayfield, Dick Copeman
Nominated by: Virginia Solomon
[/accordion_element][accordion_element title=”Cally Brennan — ACT”]Current PA Director standing for re-election
Supporting statement: why Cally would make an appropriate board member
Qualifications (incl. PDC, APT, & other): 2011 PDC, 2016 Advanced Permaculture Design, BA Hons, PhD
Experience (in Governance & Management):
I was previously on the organising committee for APC 14, where my roles were financial modeller and venue coordinator.
Previously during my work in the public service I have managed a governance contract for a $20 million big data project, written reports for a Senate Inquiry, and helped measure and audit energy use and emissions across public service agencies.
Permaculture background:

I joined PermablitzACT in 2009 and subsequently coordinated PermablitzACT for a year. After completing my PDC I founded a small permaculture-focused garden design business, Canberra Permaculture Design and Education. I also run workshops on permaculture and sustainable gardening topics.

I have an advanced permaculture design certificate with Ross Mars and Graeme Bell. At home we are converting our land and building along permaculture principles with the aim for it to become a teaching and demonstration space for what can be achieved through permaculture in the suburbs.

What would you/they bring to PA and the board?: I have enthusiasm and energy, care and compassion. If I commit to a project I will see it through. During my time on the PA Board over 2018 to 2019 I have contributed to the financial management and budgeting of the organisation and would like to continue this work to ensure PA is a viable and sustainable operation into the future.
Referees: John Champagne & Penny Kothe
Nominated by: Virginia Solomon
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[accordion_element title=”Ian Lillington — VIC”]
Supporting statement: why Ian would make an appropriate board member
Qualifications (incl. PDC, APT, & other): PDC in 1990. Diploma of Permaculture from Bill Mollison’s institute in 1994. Diploma in the AQF system in 2006, Teacher Training certificate from Rowe Morrow in 2017.
Experience (in Governance & Management):
Ian has been on committees of Management for Housing Association and set up rules and articles of Assoc for a few NGO companies; Also was [many years ago] Committee member of National Federation of City farms in Uk.
Permaculture background:

Ian Lillington has been author, sustainability activist and a networker in national and international Permaculture. Based in Castlemaine, Victoria, Ian and partner Marita, are developing a food forest and is involved in the local permaculture/transition town project called ‘Growing Abundance’.

Ian is author of an introduction to permaculture – “The Holistic Life – a Beginners’ Guide to Permaculture”, and is editor of many of David Holmgren’s books, especially ‘Permaculture Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability’. He’s also featured in the anthology – “Permaculture Pioneers” and wrote the chapter on Permaculture in the “Encyclopedia of Sustainability”

Ian has been a volunteer with PA for many years and also helped to organise and attend International and Australian Permaculture Convergences. Ian teaches at CERES in Melbourne, and in Castlemaine and as a guest on other PDCs.  He also worked for the National Centre for Sustainability, and with the environment shop and “Greener Houses”, a project that promotes eco-retrofits of suburban houses in Melbourne.

Ian brings a long term vision for a larger and better known national organisation, and sees this as going hand-in-hand with his interest in social permaculture and his passion of applying permaculture’s ethics and principles to every aspect of life.

What would you/they bring to PA and the board?: Commitment to a long term dedication to seeing an effective national body for Permaculture in Australia.
Referees: Virginia Solomon and Wendy Marchment
Nominated by: Virginia Solomon
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[accordion_element title=”Kym Blechynden — TAS”]
Supporting statement: why Kym would make an appropriate board member
Qualifications (incl. PDC, APT, & other): Bachelor of Science (Nutrition), Graduate Diploma Health Promotion, Certificate IV Frontline Management and TAA, Master of International Health, PhD (commenced)
Experience (in Governance & Management):
2015-2018 Previous Board member, Permaculture Australia including Permafund Liaison and Secretary Permaculture. 2016-present Permaculture Tasmania Executive State Committee – Vice President (2016-2018), President (2018 – present). Various roles in paid employment in management and leadership with government and non government organisations (IFRC, Queensland Health), including working with volunteer& community groups.
Permaculture background:

Kym has completed a PDC and teacher training in Permaculture, and has been active in Permaculture activities with the PA Board and Permaculture Tasmania. She was the co-coordinator of Permablitz Tasmania and has been involved in different community activities including the Tassievore Eat Local Challenge and teaching on Intro to Permaculture courses and skills share events. She is the current President of Permaculture Tasmania, with a Committee of 9 members and 7 newly formed local groups and approx. 230 members.

What would you/they bring to PA and the board?: Kym has worked in Nutrition, Food Security and community development for nearly two decades in Australia, the Middle East, Africa, the Pacific and Asia with the UN, INGO’s and government organisations, including management roles. She has been a previous member of the PA Board, including as Permafund Liaison and Secretary before shifting to Malaysia for work with the Red Cross. Since returned to Tasmania she has been the President of Permaculture Tasmania. Highlights over the last 12 months for PT include growing the membership to 230 members, 7 newly formed ‘PT locals groups’, a strong online presence and member engagement, 9 partnerships with businesses for membership discounts, and regular low cost events being held across the state. In addition to her experience working with community groups/volunteers and international aid, Kym is interested in greater networking and collaboration between Permaculture associations across Australia.
Referees: Virginia Solomon
Nominated by: Virginia Solomon
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Signed Wendy Marchment
Company Secretary
Permaculture International Ltd.
Australian Company Number: 003 386 258
PO Box 230 CHURCH POINT NSW 2105, AUSTRALIA
https://www.permacultureaustralia.org.au

Annual meeting at APC14 elects new faces to Permaculture Australia board

Change came to Permaculture Australia at the Australasian Permaculture Convergence in Canberra in April 2018, as a new board of directors was elected at the Permaculture Australia annual meeting.
The directors are elected each year. Their role is to oversee the operation and direction of Permaculture Australia and to make decisions on how it operates. Some members of the board serve as liaison people between the board and Permaculture Australia’s teams such as communications, Accredited Permaculture Training and Permafund.
The meeting approved changes to Permaculture Australia’s membership structure and the distribution of digital and paper copies of the permaculture magazine, PIP, which comes with membership.
John Mckenzie, from Melbourne, presented his proposal for networking permaculture organisations to the meeting. John is a past-member of the board of directors although he is not on the new board.

The newly-elected board of directors. From left: Ben Habib, Ronnie Martin, Cally Brennan, Wendy Marchment, Keri Chiveralls, Virginia Solomon. Not present: Dylan Graves.

The newly-elected board of directors include:

  1. Ben Habib
  2. Wendy Marchment
  3. Cally Brennan
  4. Ronni Martin
  5. Keri Chiveralls
  6. Virginia Solomon
  7. Dylan Graves

Virginia, Ronni, and Dylan continue from the previous board.

Among new board members:

Ben Habib (and here) is a Melbourne-based lecturer in international relations and researcher into permaculture as a global social movement. He is also a participant in Permaculture CoLab, the global permaculture organisation currently in formation
Keri Chiveralls, an Adelaide resident, is associated with establishing the post-graduate Permaculture Courses at CQUniversity
The first challenge to be met by new members of the board of directors is understanding the current situation of Permaculture Australia and what the current working group teams do, as well as how the board and teams operate.
With new board members living in different states, we anticipate they will bring regional perspectives to the governance of Permaculture Australia.
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Notice of 2018 Annual General Meeting

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Notice to members of the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of Permaculture International Limited (trading as Permaculture Australia) to be held:

  • Wednesday 18th April 2018 at 14.00 at GREENHILLS CONFERENCE CENTRE, Stromlo, ACT (near Canberra) (find out more here), or join us via Teleconference (see instructions below)

Members are recommended to read the Financial and Annual reports before the meeting. Note that the Annual Report is for Jan 1-Dec 31 2017 and so the 2018 AGM accepts the 2017 report. The meeting will cover standard AGM business as per the following Agenda.

Here are all the relevant documents




If you are unable to attend the AGM, you can still vote (All proxies are to be returned by email to the Secretary by 2.00 pm Tuesday 17 April 2018.). Here are the instructions on how to vote via proxy and the form for you to complete to nominate your proxy voter:

You have until 5pm Sunday 15 April to nominate someone as a director of PA:

Click on the tabs for more information…

[accordion][accordion_element title=”Election of Board of Directors”]
Notes on the election of Board of Directors:
Current directors Robyn Francis and Kym Blechynden have notified the Board that they will not be available for re-election. We thank them for their service and commitment to PIL/PA on the Board. Current directors that are prepared to serve again on the board if nominated are Virginia Solomon, Steve Burns, Ronni Martin, Eric Smith, and Dylan Graves.
Under the Articles of the Company, a minimum of 5 and a maximum of 7 Directors shall be appointed. The current Board have expressed a strong desire to support new Directors, to maintain diversity of representation and to achieve the full number of 7 Directors. The roles of Secretary and Treasurer will also need to be filled, from within the elected Directors.
All nominees must be nominated by two other members. Nominations can be received in writing before the meeting or when the item is considered during the meeting. If you cannot attend in person please use the attached proxy form to make nominations or to offer an expression of interest to accept a nomination to the Board.
If you are not attending in person, you may join the meeting via Teleconference call. (See instructions below) The Teleconference will be opened 10 minutes prior to the commencement of the meeting allowing the secretary time to verify members as they join the call.
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Telephone numbers for joining a conference call
The participants join the meeting by dialing the toll free number or one of the city telephone numbers listed below – as appropriate for you, then the enter the access code as directed.
1. Dial into the conference:
Dial-in Number: (02) 8077 0530
Australia: Access Code — 324972
International Dial-in Number — https://www.freeconferencecall.com/wall/enews/#international
2. Join the online meeting:
Online Meeting Link: https://join.freeconferencecall.com/enews
Online Meeting ID: enews
Instructions:

  • At the scheduled date and time of the meeting, dial into the conference line. When prompted, enter the Access Code followed by the # key.
  • To join the online meeting, click on the meeting link listed above and follow the prompts to join the meeting.
  • For 24/7 customer service please call 844-844-1322

For Inquires:

[/accordion_element][accordion_element title=”Election of Directors to the Board”]
If you would like to be active in the PA organisation and help its development over the coming twelve months and beyond, it important to:

  1. Make sure you are a current financial member of Permaculture Australia and
  2. Consider whether you may like to nominate to become a Board member or if you would like to nominate another qualified permaculturalist to become a Board member (with their prior agreement).
  3. Attend and contribute to the AGM in person or by teleconference.
  4. If you are not available on the AGM date, you can submit your proxy vote beforehand.

[/accordion_element][accordion_element title=”What does Board membership involve?”]
Being a Board member of Permaculture Australia is an unpaid honorary position with the Board requiring the 7 Board members to collectively have a mix of the following skills and abilities:

  1. Leadership skills & qualities
  2. Willingness and reliability to dedicate a significant amount of time for the duties which come with the position including availability for monthly evening teleconference Board meetings and regular evening sub-committee Skype or teleconference meetings. Also an enthusiasm to participate in subcommittees focused on key initiatives eg. APT, Permafund, Communications etc.etc.
  3. Preferably some experience with the administration of permaculture groups or projects or other not-for- profit groups
  4. Communication, consultative and diplomacy skills
  5. Some degree of IT savvy and adequate, reliable internet connection facilities
  6. Financial management, accounting or book-keeping skills are advantageous for liaison with auditors, government departments and registered training organisations
  7. Project and/pr event management skills
  8. Some experience with registered training organisations, permaculture teaching, course design and delivery and administering Accredited Permaculture Training.
  9. Media liaison and advocacy skills
  10. Marketing skills
  11. Grant writing, acquittal and assessment skills
  12. Clerical and administrative skills
  13. Understanding of governance and legal compliance requirements
  14. Fund raising ideas to help support permaculture projects through the Permafund
  15. Networking experience.

[/accordion_element][accordion_element title=”How are Directors elected?”]
Under the Permaculture Australia Constitution, members who wish to stand for election to the Board must be nominated by at least 2 other members. If you want to self-nominate and don’t know any PA members, then send a couple of references from people who know what relevant skills you have to offer PA, and PA members attending the AGM can nominate during the AGM if they feel they have enough information about you (you are also entitled to speak to the meeting in support of your self-nomination).
The minimum number of Directors is 5, and the maximum 7. All positions are declared vacant at the AGM, but current Directors can re-nominate. Nominations can be made prior to the AGM, and nominees are encouraged to post information in support of their candidacy on the PA website, including the names of their nominating members.
Nominees can also be nominated by 2 members on the floor of the AGM. Where there are more than 7 nominees, Directors will arrange for a ballot to be held.
PA Board member nomination details
[/accordion_element][accordion_element title=”I’d still like to vote and nominate someone but can’t attend the AGM?”]
If you cannot attend the AGM you can have someone vote on your choice on your behalf, as a proxy. Click the button about proxy voting above.
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Nominations so far…

The following people have been nominated for election to the management board of Permaculture Australia. Click on their name to find out more… [more will added here as they are received]

[accordion][accordion_element title=”Virginia Solomon (PA member) — VIC”]Current PA Director standing for re-election
Supporting statement:  why Virginia would make an appropriate board member
BA, Grad. Dip Education, Diploma of Permaculture, Diploma of Training and Assessment Systems, Cert IV TAE, PA Member for more than 10 years
Member of the Technical Reference Group for development of the Permaculture components in the Agriculture, Horticulture and Conservation & Land Management Training Package, formerly member of the Victorian Institute of Teaching and Australian Association of Environmental Educators Accredited Permaculture Training Liaison with PA Board, Convenor of the APT Working Group since 2014, Editor APT Assessment Guides Project and Chair of the Review Committee.
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[accordion_element title=”Eric Smith (PA member) — TAS”]Current PA Director standing for re-election
Supporting statement: why Eric would make an appropriate board member
Dip Permaculture (APT), Cert Hort. Committee member for APC 2015 (Penguin), self employed landscape gardener. Eric has been involved in organising a successful national permaculture convergence in Tasmania and has completed his Permaculture Diploma at the Riverina College which has given him a good insite into the APT. He also has online communications experience – experience with Facebook page maintenance and administration – which will help PA communicate and connect with the wider permaculture movement around Australia. Eric would bring his useful experience with APT and online work to the organisation.
[/accordion_element][accordion_element title=”Veronica (Ronni) Martin (PA member) — QLD”]Current PA Director standing for re-election
Supporting statement:  why Veronica would make an appropriate board member
She completed her PDC in the 1980’s with Lea Harrison and Judith Turley at Tyalgum. She was awarded a Diploma of Permaculture around two years later. She also hold a Bachelor of Design Studies, a Grad. Dip. in Community Development and Masters in Social Welfare Administration and Planning
She is currently the Education and Support Team Manager for Northey Street City Farm. She was previously the State Director for Qld for Oxfam Australia. She has also been on the board of Co-operatives and an ethical investment fund.
She operated two permaculture nurseries – Edible Landscapes and Food Forest Nursery in the *0’s and 90’s. This also involved convening permaculture courses and doing suburban permaculture designs. Currently she works at Northey Street City Farm, promoting permaculture through our education program.
She is passionate about implementing and promoting permaculture in the broadest sense, especially in the area of organisational development – creating well-functioning structures to support our growing movement for change.
She gained experience in fundraising & community education while working for Oxfam.
[/accordion_element][accordion_element title=”Dylan Graves (PA member) — QLD”]Current PA Director standing for re-election
Supporting statement:  why Dylan would make an appropriate board member
Founder and organiser of Stanthorpe Permaculture Group since 2014. Fully immersed in Permaculture since 2011 – implemented systems in Tropics and Cool temperate. A Permaculture teacher.
Committed sharer of Permaculture in action through articles, video, blog, presentations, social media, etc. Experienced user of social media, youtube, Google products, general content creation software – very IT savvy.
Motivated to back the Permaculture movement in any way possible. Up to date with Permaculture worldwide – avid listener of podcasts, collector of videos, reader of related books, and peruser of other online resources. Plenty of practical experience in implementing systems on the ground – growing soil & food, building, animal systems, water, solar, etc.
Attention to detail – desire to do things right. Passion for the Permaculture Ethics and Principles.
[/accordion_element][accordion_element title=”Steve Burns (PA member) — VIC”]Current PA Director standing for re-election
Supporting statement:  why Steve would make an appropriate board member
Director of private company April 2000 to present, current President of Ballarat Permaculture Guild, teacher on local Permaculture Design Courses & specialist skills workshops (e.g. grafting, group stages) presenter at Permaculture Scotland convergence (July 2017)
Experience and drive.

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[accordion_element title=” Keri Chiveralls (PA member) — SA”]
Supporting statement: why Keri would make an appropriate board member
Qualifications (incl. PDC, APT, & other): PhD Grad Dip Social Science BA Arts Hons Anth, PDC Food Forest, Green Educators Course, Permaculture Teacher Training Permaculture College, Advanced Permaculture Teacher Training Melliodora
Experience (in Governance & Management): International Permaculture Convergence Committee, Permaculture Educators Guild, Head of Course and Discipline Lead CQUniversity Permaculture
Permaculture background: Founded post-grad permaculture at CQUniversity
What would you/they bring to PA and the board?: Passion for permaculture education and linkages with IPCC and higher education and research.
Referees: Annaliese Hordern, former PA board member
Nominated by:
Virginia Solomon (PA member)
[/accordion_element][accordion_element title=”Ben Habib (PA member) — VIC”]
Supporting statement: why Ben would make an appropriate board member
Qualifications (incl. PDC, APT, & other): PDC, PhD
Experience (in Governance & Management): Board member, OASES Graduate School 2014-16.
Permaculture background: Teach into CERES PDC.
Teach permaculture in environmental politics subjects at La Trobe University.
Academic research project on permaculture as an international social movement; permaculture in Northeast Asia.
La Trobe University / CERES Global organic agriculture and sustainability study tours to China, South Korea and India.
What would you/they bring to PA and the board?: Board experience, experience in education sector, international permaculture connections, public profile and large social media network.
Referees: Robin Clayfield, Crystal Waters, QLD
Nominated by:
Sarah Gorman
[/accordion_element][accordion_element title=”Wendy Marchment (PA member) — VIC”]
Supporting statement: why Sarah would make an appropriate board member
Qualifications (incl. PDC, APT, & other): BSc, PDC, Cert III Permaculture, Cert IV TAA
Experience (in Governance & Management): numerous committees associated with universities. Have held positions of Chair, Treasurer and committee member associated with Permaculture Geelong, Bicycle advocacy, squash clubs, Child care management etc
Permaculture background: Education Coordinator at Northey Street City Farm 2010-11
Permaculture Geelong Convenor 2014-16, organiser of 2015 Geelong PDC
Member of Permaculture Educators Guild
What would you/they bring to PA and the board?: organisational skills, teacher perspective, university admin background, expertise in surveys and analysis, report writing skills
Referees: Robin Clayfield, Dick Copeman
Nominated by:
Virginia Solomon
[/accordion_element][accordion_element title=”Cally Brennan (PA member) — ACT”]
Supporting statement: why Cally would make an appropriate board member
Qualifications (incl. PDC, APT, & other): 2011 PDC, 2016 Advanced Permaculture Design, BA Hons, PhD
Experience (in Governance & Management): I am on the organising committee for APC 14, where my role has been to model the likely costs and income from APC 14 to help set the ticket price, as well as manage the relationship with the venue (Greenhills) and manage all ticket bookings and accommodation requests.
I work part time in the public service and I manage a governance contract for a $20 million big data project with the CSIRO, called the Energy Use Data Model.
Permaculture background: I joined PermablitzACT in 2009 and subsequently coordinated PermablitzACT for a year, before founding a small permaculture-focused garden design business called Canberra Permaculture Design through which I offer design and education services to Canberra and surrounds, currently on a part time basis (I also work part time in the public service). I have also taught on one PDC which was run by Martyn Noakes (Bredbo Valley View Farm).
More recently I did an advanced permaculture design certificate with Ross Mars and Graeme Bell which was a great way to compare and develop my design process with other permaculture designers. At home we are slowly converting our land and building along permaculture principles with the aim for it to become a teaching and demonstration space for what can be achieve through permaculture in the suburbs.
What would you/they bring to PA and the board?: I have enthusiasm and energy, care and compassion. If I commit to a project I will see it through. Through my work for APC 14 I have realised I am particularly focused on the people care ethic, and would like to explore the following opportunities within a role on the PA board:
1. Using any money made from APC 14 to support future Australasian Permaculture Convergences to be able to guarantee a certain amount of financial assistance to their volunteers and to enable sponsorship of overseas attendees who otherwise could not come.
2. Looking at how PA can store and share the knowledge and learnings from each convergence to share with the next organising committee.
3, Exploring ways to promote and support PA members and the work that they do, as well as permaculture more broadly.
Referees: John Champagne & Penny Kothe
Nominated by:
Virginia Solomon
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Signed Kym Blechynden
Company Secretary
Permaculture International Ltd.
Australian Company Number: 003 386 258
PO Box 230 CHURCH POINT NSW 2105, AUSTRALIA
http://www.permacultureaustralia.org.au

Not even rain could keep us away

…wet but convivial — PA’s annual gathering and AGM 2017

Not even the rain and mud could deter the 150-200 people who made their way along Showground Road to Djanbung Gardens for the Permaculture Open Day on Saturday 13 May.
People mingled, attended workshops on a range of topics including working with bamboo and were fed by Mel and crew’s fabulous food from the kitchen. The day ended in Djanbung Garden’s hexagonal, earth construction building with a meal celebrating 30 years of Permaculture Australia.
Prior to the dinner, veteran permaculture educator and international development worker, Rosemary Morrow, and host of the ABC Gardening Australia TV program and permaculture promoter, Costa Georgiardis, joined the festivity via skype video presence. As they finished, Fiona Campbell, a permaculture and sustainability educator prototyping the application of permaculture in local government in Sydney, stood up and encouraged those present in person and online to thank Robyn Francis for her substantial service to Permaculture International Ltd since it’s inception 30 years ago.
Launched as Permaculture International Ltd, as the entity for publishing Permaculture International Journal when it was based in Sydney on Enmore Road (the premises continues its sustainability role as Alfalfa House Food Co-op, Sydney’s longest-running, member-owned food co-operative), the trading name of the organisation became Permaculture Australia following Australian Permaculture Convergence 10 in Far North Queensland in 2010. Following the demise of the journal in 2000, the organisation sought a new role and developed the Accredited Permaculture Training while its tax-deductible donations and small grants program, Permafund, continued.
Now, Permaculture Australia links permaculture practitioners, educators and groups around the country as a major hub in the geographically distributed network that is permaculture in Australia.

New teams

The open day was one half of a full weekend of permaculture celebration and activity at Djanbung Gardens. Sunday brought the annual general meeting of Permaculture Australia at which a new board of directors was elected and — something new — an interim representative council was set up.
The new Permaculture Australia board of directors is a diverse crew:

  • Dylan Graves — Stanthorpe, SE Queensland
  • Robyn Francis — Nimbin, NSW north coast
  • Virginia Solomon — Melbourne
  • Ronnie Martin — Brisbane
  • Steve Burns — Victoria
  • Eric Smith — Tasmania
  • Kym Blechynden — Tasmania.

New crew to spread the workload

To date, it has fallen to the board to take action on decisions and other matters. That has become something of a burden, however, as it is usually busy permaculture people who put up their hand to join the board. The representative council, or whatever it is eventually named, will assist the board by spreading the workload and take initiatives of its own.
This is an interim representative council that will clarify its role and processes.
It will be revisited at the next Permaculture Australia general meeting when the council will be formalised.
There was discussion about whether the council is actually a representative council or a working group of Permaculture Australia, however the decision was to continue with the ‘interim council’ name as that would allow the team to keep the main thing the main thing and get on with the substance of their work.
Questions were raised about the role of the board. Would its purpose include support for permaculture groups? Engagement with permaculture’s emerging global presence via the Next Big Step for Permaculture? Would it use the sociocracy model of decision-making? How would it relate to Permaculture Australia’s existing teams around Accredited Permaculture Training, Permafund and communications?
A member-accessible discussion space for the representative council has been set up in the Buddypress part of the Permaculture Australia website. Unlike email which can be lost down the timeline unless users catalog their mail, the Buddypress function, which works like a social network/conversation space, keeps the stream of communications together.
Members of the council are drawn from different parts of the country:

  • Yvonne Campbell  — NSW, north coast
  • Renee Bailey — Ashgrove, Queensland
  • Ian Lillington — Castlemaine, Victoria
  • Bruce Zell — Cairns, Far North Queensland
  • John Champagne — Bega Valley, NSW south coast
  • Chris Carroll — Sunshine Coast, SE Queensland
  • Wendy Marchment — Highton, Victoria
  • John McKenzie — Melbourne
  • Robyn Francis — NSW north coast
  • Leah Hattendorff — Ipswich, Queensland
  • Russ Grayson — Sydney.

The annual meeting was a calm and relaxed affair in the building-in-the-forest-of-useful-species that Robyn and her team have built in what was an old, cleared cow paddock on the edge of subtropical Nimbin.

Some thank you’s

Thanks to last year’s board of directors (Richard Pang, Megan Cooke, Mike Hayden, Annaliese Hordern, Robyn Francis, Virginia Solomon and Kym Blechynden for your dedicated work during the year.
Thanks to Robyn Francis (and for her long role in Permaculture Australia) and Permaculture College Australia and Djanbung Gardens for hosting the weekend with the venue and for raising funds for Permaculture Australia.
Thanks to Mel from Abundance Cafe and her crew for the food.
Thanks to all with the foresight and enthusiasm to make their way to Nimbin for the open day and general meeting and to those who participated by telepresence from parts distant.

The weekend was hosted by Permaculture College Australia and Djanbung Gardens