Most committees start out with great ambitions for their new year, especially when there’s a new team, and the 2019 Permaculture Noosa committee was no exception. Then it often happens that we get caught up in our own roles and sometimes lose sight of the bigger picture. So this last week, I decided to revisit the goals we set ourselves back in October of last year, and check them against some key benchmarks. In seven months we have achieved almost every task we set ourselves for the year, and quite a lot more. We have seen a steady growth in our membership, which is incredibly exciting, and we hope our members are benefiting from the events and activities we provide. I am truly indebted to my hardworking committee, who keep on giving, and are as passionate about Permaculture Noosa as I am.

Another important benchmark is the size of our volunteer base, which has grown this year—and we hope it will continue to do so. On Sunday 26 May it is our chance to say thank you. We invite our volunteers to attend a sausage sizzle at our Cooroy Community Permaculture Gardens, with a special training session from Chad at Plastic Free Noosa, who will help us to understand and deal with the waste we produce daily—and hopefully make more informed decisions about how we purchase in the first place. If you volunteer for Permaculture Noosa, or would like to do so in the future (whether just for an event, or on an on-going basis) please come along and join us. You will find details on our website.

And talking of waste … we had a very successful day at Cooroy Fusion Festival on Saturday. Many people—past members, current members, and hopefully lots of future members who wanted to know all about what we do—dropped by to chat. But what many people do not know is that our volunteers collected all the compostable waste from the festival and took it back to our Cooroy Community Permaculture Gardens, sorted it (to remove items that would not break down) and processed it to start making compost for our garden beds. Definitely a win-win-win situation for the organisers of Cooroy Fusion, for our community garden, and for the environment (this waste would have gone to landfill)!

Don’t forget our Permaculture Noosa Festival next month—Sunday 9 June—definitely worth attending. Free admission and lots of interesting speakers, workshops, demonstrations, stalls and activities for everyone. Details on our website. We hope to see you there.

If you’ve pencilled in this week’s Club Night (formerly known as our Monthly Meeting) with guest speaker Graeme Sait, please make a point of arriving early. Doors open at 5.45 pm, and we will start at 6.30 pm sharp.

And 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

Post Script : There is an event being held next Saturday—second, of course to our spectacular open garden at Pomona—that has people and the media talking about climate change and the environment. It can at times become just another catch phrase that we hear on the news, and many don’t really stop to think about the concepts behind it. But I was reminded just recently about why we are involved in permaculture—and why the vision of Bill Mollison and David Holmgren is so important for our future. Many of you will have seen this YouTube clip already, but for those of you who haven’t, please take a moment to view https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFkQSGyeCWg –school girl, Greta Thunberg at 2018 UN Climate Change COP24 Conference—very thought provoking! Thank you to Robyn and Wendy for sharing.