[styled_image w=”400″ h=”300″ lightbox=”yes” image=”http://www.permacultureaustralia.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/robina.jpg” align=”right”]New Zealander, Robina Mc Curdy, has a diverse and busy background in sustainability.
In 1995, she ran a three day course in working with permaculture in schools, immediately prior to the national Permaculture Convergence in Adelaide.
In building on the earlier work of Carolyn Nuttall (author, ‘The Children’s Food Forest’) and that of Black Forest primary in Adelaide, Robina’s workshop launched permaculture into this new area. Later, Robina worked in South Africa, in a rural dryland region and in a squatter settlement in Capetown, again with schools as well as with wider communities.
She has taught permaculture related topics in Brazil and the USA as well as in Australia. The mid-1990s saw her launch a year-long training program in organics and permaculture – Planet Organic – in her homeland, New Zealand. Robina has returned to Tui Community, the intentional community she has long been a member of.
The origins of permaculture can be traced to the book, ‘Permaculture One’, authored by David Holmgren and Bill Mollison in 1978.
After its release, David put his energy into developing his rural smallholding – Melliodora, at Hepburn, Victoria – into a model of permaculture landuse design and into developing his consultancy, Holmgren Design Services. Later, he started teaching the Permaculture Design Certificate there, which he continues to do.
Author of several books on permaculture, David has emerged over recent times as perhaps the leading commentator of the design system he helped create, a role accelerated by the release of ‘Permaculture – Pathways Beyond Sustainability’.
The book is a major thought piece regarded as the equivalent of Bill Mollison’s ‘Permaculture – A Designer’s Manual’ (1988). David’s public profile as a commentator on sustainability was improved by his 2006 tour with US peak oil campaigner, Richard Heinberg.
Also building his profile have been appearances on ABC television and radio, which have been enhanced by his considered, factual style of presentation. More about David: http://www.holmgren.com.au