This month presented us with the first opportunity for the Permaculture Noosa committee to meet face to face again—it was a very productive meeting and we are all really pleased to be working together again, and finding new ways to revitalise Permaculture Noosa for our members in these challenging times.
The committee took time to reflect on the changes that have taken place over the past months, and how that has altered the perspectives, values and priorities of many people. I have spoken to a number of people who feel that their emphasis has shifted towards home and family, making the most of what we have and perhaps trying to live life in a simpler, more sustainable way.
Our new ‘Club Day’
Because we still face uncertainties about the way we can conduct many of our core activities, especially our monthly Club Nights and Open Gardens, we have shifted our emphasis to activities at the Cooroy Community Permaculture Gardens. Last week saw a small but fun Sunday morning at the gardens, where in addition to our usual working bee, we ran our monthly Seed Savers meeting, sold plants and seeds, and held our first Harvest Swap since February. It was wonderful to see members we haven’t seen for many months, as well as visitors from our local community who stopped by to join in with some of our activities. Each month from now on we will build on our Sunday morning ‘Club Day’, to be held on the third Sunday of each month (click here to find out what we have planned for August), and if it continues to grow and thrive, we will extend the day to include food, workshops and demonstrations. So please join us during this glorious winter weather, and come along for as long or as little as you’d like—26 Emerald Street, Cooroy from 9 am—and if you have any other suggestions for Club Day, let us know.
Shelter at our Community Gardens
When I first became President at the end of 2018, we held a presentation and group discussion at Club Night, about the possibility of building a clubhouse at Cooroy Community Permaculture Gardens. There was lively debate, and lots of differing opinions about a building versus a shelter shed, and in the end we opted for a new building to meet all our needs, and a promise that we, as a committee, would keep you all up to date with developments. Well, it has been a very busy 20 months, with lots of changes taking place, but plans for the building have always been simmering along in the background. Much research and decision-making has brought us to the conclusion that a new building catering for all our needs would take us many more years and exhaustive fundraising efforts to achieve. In view of our shift in emphasis, and our belief that we need to rebuild and nurture community as soon as possible, we voted at our committee meeting to defer any future building plans in favour of erecting a new shelter shed at the community gardens. We unanimously agree that this is the right move under the current circumstances, and that it should be completed in the soonest possible time. Over the coming weeks we will be displaying the plans on our website, as well as information about fundraising and sponsorship, and other ways you can contribute to our goal. This decision will mean many more opportunities for workshops, events and community functions. We hope you can join us on this exciting journey.