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Permaculture Noosa Monthly Meeting

Thu 21 Mar, 2019 @ 6:30 PM 8:30 PM

We are looking forward to an absorbing presentation by Keynote speakers Kelvin and Amelia Neilson. Their presentation is titled ‘Creating a Butterfly Garden and Habitat’ .

Kelvin was a founding member of the Gympie & District Field Naturalist Club in 1968. He assisted in the compilation of the original Australian Bird Atlas & later updates, and compiled the original Gympie City Bird List in association with Gympie & District Field Naturalists.

With his wife Amelia, Kelvin formed COOLOOLA NATURE in 1999 from a lifelong interest in Nature and the Environment, and a desire to use their experience gained with the collation of data for various organisations and private landowners in undertaking Environmental Education activities for youth and the general public.

With their Website, “Birding Cooloola Mountains to Shore”, and on-going “Bird Trails of Cooloola” Project, they are now dedicated to the promotion of Avi-tourism as a sustainable sector of Eco-tourism.

 “COOLOOLA NATURE” activities –

  • Fauna Surveys for –
  • Nature Search
  • DNR
  • Forestry
  • National Parks
  • Landcare
  • Cooloola Coastcare
  • Rural Landowners

Environmental Education –

  • Nature Talk Series on a local Radio Station
  • Environment Festivals
  • Rural Shows
  • Libraries
  • Landcare Field Days
  • Have established Butterfly Houses and Gardens & Curriculum based Environmental Education Programmes for Primary Schools

 Monitoring –

  • Migratory Shorebirds
  • Migratory Terns
  • Flying Foxes

Projects –

  • Established the original Tin Can Bay Foreshore Birdwalk, associated Website & Wildflower Walk in Association with Cooloola Coastcare, along with recent upgrades of the “Birdwalk” feature in association with the Gympie Regional Council
  • Promotion of Avi-tourism as a sustainable sector of Eco-tourism through our Website, “Birding Cooloola Mountains to Shore”, on-going “Bird Trails of Cooloola Project, and Seasonal Excursions along the “Bird Trails of Cooloola”

Painted Lady Butterfly photo: Amelia Neilson

Monarch Butterfly photo: Amelia Neilson

Meadow Argus Butterfly photo: Amelia Neilson

Caper White Male Butterfly photo: Amelia Neilson

Our second speaker is Helen Andrew. Her presentation is titled “My Journey to Social Permaculture”.

Join us to hear Helen’s story and her journey to social permaculture.  Helen is the founder of Spare Harvest, a technology company growing sustainable communities.  Helen’s launched Spare Harvest with a marketplace that connects people to exchange what they have spare in their kitchens and gardens.  With her infectious energy Helen is harnessing the circular and sharing economies to build connected eco-systems where food and garden resources are used and not wasted.

Helen’s drive to create engaging on-line communities and to make a difference comes from an upbringing of community service.  Helen has been described as a ‘glue’ person, someone who binds people and good ideas into a web of possibility.

When not working on growing Spare Harvest Helen enjoys time in her garden and with her family.  Helen is active in the social enterprise space, advocating and supporting other social entrepreneurs to find their mission and purpose.  Helen loves how purposeful businesses are using their profits to maximise their social and/or environmental impact.




For more information on Helen and her ‘Spare Harvest’ project, click on this link: https://issuu.com/saltmagazineaustralia/docs/salt_summer_18-19_flipper_with_link   (Helen’s story is on pages 46-47)

Helen Andrew of Spare Harvest


Do consider bringing friends or neighbours to our meetings. It’s how we grow the group and may be inspiring to them as well. See you there.
As always, you will leave the meeting better informed than you were at the beginning!

Permaculture Noosa monthly meetings are held at the Cooroy Memorial Hall on the 3rd Thursday of each month. Doors open at 6.00pm, when a market takes place where we share surplus home grown produce and plants by giving, exchanging or selling. Usually, there is a 30 – 45-minute keynote presentation followed by other shorter talks on topics such as ‘what to plant this month’, garden tips and book reviews.

Entry is a $5 donation for non-members. There is no charge for members. Anyone who has genuine financial difficulties and cannot afford the entry donation will be excused. We will not turn anyone away. The meeting begins at 6.30pm and the night is complete with a “bring a plate” shared supper (gold coin donation) at 8:30pm. All welcome.

See you there……



March 21
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
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