This Month’s Meeting
Permaculture Noosa meetings are FREE and open to the public. The meeting begins at 7.00 pm with a marketplace where members share their surplus home-grown produce by giving, exchanging or selling. The meeting starts at 7.30 pm, and supper (gold coin donation) will be served at 9pm.
Cooroy Memorial Hall, Maple Street, Cooroy (next to the RSL)
NEXT MEETING: Thursday 20th August 2015
Presentations at last meeting held on 16 July 2015
1. Chris Carroll on Permaculture Australia’s Permafund
At July’s meeting Chris Carroll, who is a member of both Permaculture Noosa and Permaculture Australia, will let us know about Permaculture Australia and the Permafund.
Permafund is the colloquial name of the ‘Permaculture International Public Fund’, the charitable arm of Permaculture Australia, which is a Registered Environmental Organisation. Its charter is to promote and support projects that have a strong permaculture element. Since 2012 Permafund has provided grants to 15 projects in developing countries as well as in Australia and New Zealand.
These projects, along with many others, include:
• Assistance for the tsunami-affected children of Aceh
• Supporting projects in Haiti by AAE (Association Amis des Enfants) Australia for La Gonave, La Gonave Island, Haiti
• A 2012 Permafund grant to support a ‘train-the-trainer’ course for leader farmers and volunteer extension workers for a Sumatran farmers’ association
• Permafund help for land restoration in Haiti
• Permafund grant to help with the establishment of the Laikipia (Kenya) Permaculture Centre
• Transferring permaculture skills in Cambodia
• Permaculture design of Umoja Orphanage in Kenya
• Supporting indigenous farming practices and permaculture in Madurai India.
Another responsibility of Permafund is fund raising. Some people donate to Permafund by automatic direct debit monthly. Bequests are welcomed. Other funds are raised by donations from permaculturalists who run events or tithe a percentage from their training courses, product sales or publishing projects.
The Permafund is managed by a dedicated committee of Permaculture Australia member volunteers from around the country.
Permafund has Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status whch means that donations by individuals of $2.00 or more are tax deductible.
Permaculture Australia has over 200 individual members and is soon to offer membership to permaculture groups, including Permaculture Noosa, helping to build a strong national network.
For more information about the Permafund and the projects of Permaculture Australia please see http://permacultureaustralia.org.au/.
“When I reinvented myself in about 2002 as a PDC person, I was in my late 60s. I lived, worked and dreamt about ways to play with permaculture. I had to revise everything I knew because I was now gardening in the sub-tropics. It took a while …
“My talk is about the ways I learnt to observe and experiment until I could see a result; how I have been rewarded in so many ways; and now, how I get to play in all sorts of amazing places nationally and in Bali with the ideas I have practised and developed on this huge learning curve.”
If time permits, there may be a question and answer time for gardening related topics. Permaculture Noosa aims to educate about home food production and environmentally related issues to make the world a better place for all.
Contact the president Elisabeth Fekonia on email@example.com for more details.