Our new Permaculture Noosa committee is only 3 weeks old, but already we have been working hard to bring you an exciting and informative year and to strengthen our Permaculture community. We are dedicated to providing real value for membership, and we unashamedly would like to encourage an increase in membership. So we are making an immediate change to club night entry fees. From this coming Thursday there will be no entry charge for Permaculture Noosa members. Non members will be asked to pay a $5 entry – so with only 5 club nights you would have covered the cost of your membership fee! And as you will hear on Thursday, we have many more events planned for members. It truly is a great time to join or renew your membership to Permaculture Noosa. Cooroy Community Gardens are the ‘physical arm’ of Permaculture Noosa, and we plan to integrate it further into our lives over the coming year. There has long been talk of a structure being built on the site, nestled between garden beds and food forest. Ideas have varied from a roof supported by a few posts to a grand two storey club house featuring meeting spaces and offices, and commercial kitchen for demonstrations and grand feasts from our garden produce. But whatever we decide, it is clear that we need to progress with plans as soon as possible. Seed savers have now moved to CCG, and we have many plans for hands-on workshops and demonstrations, all of which need a shelter from the elements. Our committee, sub-committees and CCG leadership group all require a place to meet monthly, and many feel it would be a wonderful opportunity to eventually hold our Thursday club nights at our own venue. This Thursday night Elisabeth Fekonia is going to enlighten us on the early days of Yandina Community Gardens and the struggles they have endured to become a very well-respected permaculture education and resource centre on the Sunshine Coast. She will relate this to our own journey with Cooroy Community Gardens, which will follow in to a group discussion about what we, as members and friends of Permaculture Noosa, would like to see at our own CCG. The discussion, inviting feedback from the audience, will form the blueprint for the new CCG design committee. So whatever your viewpoint, we would love you to be part of the discussion on Thursday night.
And of course, our December Christmas Party will be held at Cooroy Community Gardens, so if you are not familiar with the space, it will be a great opportunity to have a look around while spreading the Christmas cheer. On Thursday we also have a fascinating talk on native bees by Svenning Prytz, and announcements of some of the activities we have planned for the next twelve months. And a reminder … we will have tickets for our Christmas raffle. While we love selling tickets at a club night, please consider the idea of taking some raffle books to sell to friends, family, work colleagues or members of other clubs and groups in which you are involved. This way we can spread the fundraising dollars! And the prizes are wonderful – especially for keen gardeners. I look forward to seeing you on Thursday night. Latha Matters, President, Permaculture Noosa