This has been another very busy month—we have not allowed the cold mornings and nights to send us into hibernation!

Our second survey for the year is now up and running on our website. Please take a few minutes to complete it as it will help us enormously to plan for next year. It is available to all members and supporters, and you are welcome to remain anonymous. Some of your responses will help to shape amendments to our constitution. The survey runs until August 31, and cannot be extended past that date.

We received such positive feedback about our ‘Introduction to Permaculture’ Course held in April this year, so we are really excited to be able to offer it again next month. Tom Kendall will run his highly informative two day course over the weekend of Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 September. Once again it will be heavily subsidised by Permaculture Noosa, so please check the website for details and book as soon as you can. There will be limited spaces.

Also keep watch for two more workshops we are planning for later in the year. They will both be outdoor hands-on workshops which we are certain you will find valuable for enhancing your own permaculture gardens. Sean Morrow—who many of you have heard speak about natural habitats and frog ponds, and who hosted a hugely successful open garden at his property in May—will be building a frog pond at our Cooroy Community Permaculture Gardens and showing us how to do it. And following that, Tom Kendall will run a swale building workshop at the community gardens, and help us determine the best way to make use of surface water runoff.

 

I feel this has been such a fulfilling year for the committee, and we have really hit our stride, so it comes as a surprise to me to realise that we need to start turning our thoughts to the AGM and new committee for 2019/20. For those of you new to our Annual General Meetings, this year it will be held in October at the start of our monthly Club Night (Thursday 17 October). At that time all positions on the committee will be declared vacant, and if more than one nomination is received for any of the executive positions it will go to a vote. We are seeking to fill the positions of President, Vice President and general committee members, although it is very pleasing that many of our existing committee members are renominating for next year. All members of our committee are expected to be active, and will serve on one of our various subcommittees, or in coordinator roles. Please consider getting involved with our management committee—it is extremely rewarding. Application forms can be found on our website and further details will appear over the next few weeks. Applications close on Tuesday 1 October.

Another wonderful program is planned for this Thursday’s Club Night. With the cane toad breeding season just around the corner, one of our members Chris Kirkpatrick will be demonstrating his trap for catching cane toadpoles and explaining how it works. We are hoping he will have some available for sale, and he will definitely take orders on the night. And following on from our fascinating excursion to Bunya Grove Produce last month, we have invited Kylie and Mick Carr to share their story on Thursday night as our special guest speakers. Their property is inspirational, their ethical treatment of their animals is to be applauded, and their produce is superb quality. They will have some of their products for sale after their presentation. And we hope to be making a special announcement! So don’t miss this Thursday from 6 pm at Cooroy Memorial Hall.

Remember, Permaculture Noosa is your organisation, and we always welcome your feedback. Email me at president@permaculturenoosa.com.au if you have any suggestions.

Latha Matters