I have been lucky enough to attend Tom Kendall’s Introduction to Permaculture Course this weekend. While I listened to him describe the ethics, principles and all the benefits, I realised what a timely reminder it was of how important Permaculture is in our world today. With so much publicity about climate change, and a lot of negative press about climate change activists and rallies, we can all do our part to change the world in our own backyards. And thank you to Tom for giving his time and expertise so freely.

This year the committee has been determined to strengthen Permaculture Noosa activities and in particular, provide value for our members. So we are very excited to launch our new members’ buying club this month. We have partnered with Bunya Grove Produce to bring you some excellent quality produce from their farm, delivered to you at our monthly club  nights—see details in this newsletter. Orders close Monday 16 September, so if you have missed out this time, watch out for our order form next month. We hope this will be just the start of our buying club with other products to follow!

Thank you to everyone who took the time to complete our online survey. You provided us with some very valuable feedback and suggestions which we will take into account for next year. But mostly you endorsed the program we have provided during this year, and that was very heartening to our committee.

Once again, a reminder to everyone that our Annual General Meeting will be held next month 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. While it is very pleasing that many of our existing committee members are renominating for next year, we always welcome new and enthusiastic members, and some willing to take on roles on the executive. 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 must be sent to our secretary by Tuesday 1 October. 

We will also be proposing some amendments to our constitution, to be voted on at the AGM. Further information about these will be sent out by special email next week. Voting at the AGM is open to all financial members of Permaculture Noosa.

I hope many of you will be able to make it to our Club Night this Thursday. Our Herbal Extravaganza is definitely not to be missed. Fantastic knowledge will be shared, and some wonderful herbal products will be available for sale. Bring along your questions for our panel. And most importantly—don’t forget that for this month only we are meeting at the Cooroy State School Hall, 93 Elm Street. 

At the end of the evening we will have a farewell supper for long time committee member, webmaster and newsletter editor, Bill Berry, who is sadly leaving us to move interstate. Hope to see you there.

Remember, Permaculture Noosa is your organisation, and we always welcome your feedback. Email me at [email protected] if you have any suggestions.

Latha Matters