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Permaculture Noosa

This Month’s Meeting




When:             Thursday 16th June 2016

Time:              7pm for 7.30pm – 9pm

Where:           Cooroy State Primary School Hall, 59 Elm Street, Cooroy


Permaculture Noosa monthly meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday of each month. Arrive at 7 pm for a market place where we share surplus home grown produce and plants by giving, exchanging or selling. Entry is a gold coin donation for non-members. The meeting begins at 7.30pm and the night is complete with a “bring a plate” shared supper at 9 pm. All welcome.

The Potential of the Noosa region/Hinterland

Sustainable Rural Enterprise, Primary Food Production & distribution

Presenter: Dick Barnes

Dick Barnes will give his personal views on “The future shape of primary food production and rural enterprise in the Noosa Shire”. He believes this has to utilise a spectrum of sustainable techniques. Dick has been a beef producer in the Noosa Shire for approximately 10 years after a career in a major global business. He operates a “group farming” approach with 400 breeding cows across 1200 acres on properties owned by a number of people and under a number of different arrangements. He is the Co- founder and current President of Country Noosa – an organisation committed to promoting a sustainable rural future. He is also the Founding President of the Noosa Community Biosphere Association and the Treasurer of Noosa and District Landcare Group.

This is the 4th presentation in the four month Permaculture Noosa (PCN) series on:

Healthy soil and the critical impact on the health of the species it supports.

  1. plants, livestock and ultimately humans.

With past farming practices having left a legacy of degraded soils as well as the Australian soils being poor to begin with, a lot of work needs to be done to repair and rebuild our soils. Through the knowledge and tools we have through permaculture, we are able to control what we do to and for the soil.

The presenters and discussions at the meetings are considering the role of healthy soil, the impact of good practice on the wider community and the opportunities for each of us to contribute and be rewarded for our efforts.

Of the four sessions we have looked at:

  • Local sustainable farming practices using livestock and plants, Phil Stringer in March
  • How to protect our food supply through seed preservation, Robyn Harrison in April
  • Care Farming and How to Distribute the Abundance, Elaine Bradley in May

Still to come:

  • The potential of the Noosa region/hinterland, Dick Barnes 16 June 2016