President's Report
This past week I've been caravanning and camping through rural NSW and Victoria. I've met some very interesting people on my travels. On Sunday afternoon I was talking to a man who assists companies in starting up open-cut coal mines. Today, I met a man who does capacity building, predominately in remote rural areas, to assist the communities restore and regenerate their land. He and his partner help people revitalise their connection within and between zones 00 (personal space / beliefs) through to zone 5 (wilderness). I would be very interested to be a fly on the wall in a conversation between these two people who operate on opposite sides of the same coin.

The former and I found little common ground in our discussion, and the latter told me stories from when he did his PDC and worked with Bill Mollison. Funnily enough, both expressed an appreciation for and the need for more people with not just big hearts, but also sharp minds, and robust social and communication skills, to deal with the challenges that global citizens face today. Both spoke about the need to not just work and share within our own communities, but as individuals and local groups, to reach out and share stories, experiences, and values with people removed from our own circle of friends and everyday lives.

As I heard at a Climate Change Adaptation seminar a few weeks ago "As a collective, we always assume someone else will take on the issue. This is the niche that vested interests take... they fill the vacuum left by the apathetic masses - and they take on the issue and mould the outcome to what suits them." I hope Permaculture Sydney North can be a catalyst for individuals to get involved and tackle global issues through our local communities. I also hope that in some way, small or large, by being a part of PSN, each member can feel a little bit more confident, connected and inspired to share their learnings and experiences with others, and these ripples of influence turn into waves of change.

See you out and about or in the garden,

Monique



PSN Monthly Meeting - Monday 16 April 2012 @ 7:30pm
Show and Tell
Our upcoming monthly meeting is a Show and Tell event!

One of our new members, Mignon from Mosman, will be sharing her experience of getting a community garden for homeless people established in Woolloomooloo.

Chris and Kathleen, also fairly new members of PSN, will be sharing their story about Permaculture designing their steep garden in the Hornsby region.

Barry and Rosemary, active members of PSN since 2006, will be giving an update on where they are with their Permaculture property in Mudgee. (For previous updates see Barry's series of articles entitled "Escaping the Rat Race" in the online archive of PSN newsletters: Nov 2010, Apr/June/Nov 2011).

And finally Tina from the thriving Turramurra Local Community (TLC) Garden will be talking about the progression from inspiration, working with council, acquiring funding to building and maintaining a fabulous space and community project.

Doors open at 7pm. Lindfield Community Centre, 259 Pacific Hwy, Lindfield. Just a few minutes walk from Lindfield railway station.



Don't Forget to BYO Mug
Please bring your own reusable mug/cup to all meetings.

PSN Monthly Meetings are held on the 3rd Monday of every month.
Doors open at 7pm. Lindfield Community Centre, 259 Pacific Hwy, Lindfield.
Just a few minutes walk from Lindfield railway station.


Guided Mushroom Picking Tour this Saturday 14th April
To all those going, have a fabulous time. If you want to go and haven't registered, It's not too late, just register here.

Mycologist, Educator and Founder of small business "Forest Fungi", Will Borowski will be leading this trip. If you've never been mushroom picking and are keen to learn some mycological secrets from an expert, book now!

It's an early morning meeting time of 9am at Blackheath (Blue Mountains). Detailed information will be sent out to those who register for the event before Friday lunch time.

If you can't make this one, the next trip is on the 12th May. Stay tuned to the PSN website for more information.

PSN Permabee - this Sunday 15 April - Marsfield - 9:30am to 4pm
The next permabee will be at Penny Pyett’s property. We will be helping Penny get her garden ready for National Permaculture Day, which is on Sunday 6 May this year.
This is a fantastic opportunity to come along and see one of Sydney’s oldest permaculture gardens with its mature food forest, grey water system and animal systems.

Penny’s garden has won a number of awards and it recently featured in Geoff Lawton’s DVD on Urban Permaculture.

We will be working on Penny’s front garden, putting in micro earthworks, constructing a keyhole garden bed, installing a small pond and planting out the area with a mixture of perennial herbs, teas, vegetables and flowers that attract beneficial insects. There will lots of other activities to do to enhance the productiveness of the property, including pruning and mulching.

Penny will also be giving a short talk on the use of guilds in the garden by the placement of plants that benefit each other when grown together by providing nutrients, shelter and assistance with pest control.

For those of you who are interested in joining us on the day, please register on the PSN website

Warringah Pittwater Manly Local Group - Myriam Pitre
The newly elected local committee is in place and ready to go for a productive and enjoyable new year of Permaculture activity. The committee of 22 is mixture of experienced old hands and keen newly elected members. A number of roles have two office holders. This will help to spread the workload and increase the pool of ideas.
After a tremendous long-haul contribution to our local group, Cameron Little has chosen to play a support role to Myriam Pitre who will lead and invigorate the group as Co-ordinator for 2012.

Special Guest Speaker Thursday 26 April
Not surprisingly, Costa’s upcoming presentation at The Tramshed is filling up rapidly.
Costa needs very little introduction. Aside from being a passionate permaculturalist, he is perhaps best known for his Costa’s Garden Odyssey series and now as host of Gardening Australia.

Places are limited and bookings are essential. If you would like to attend then please complete the form at the link below:
You need to complete a new form for each person that will be coming along.
This event will be more widely publicised as the week goes on so make sure you get in quickly!

What: Permaculture Warringah Pittwater Manly Meeting
Where: Lakeview Hall, Tramshed Arts & Community Centre, 1395A Pittwater Road, Narrabeen
When: 7pm for 7.30pm start, Thursday, 26th April
More Info: Call Lauren Pothof 0401 674 461 or Chris Pothof on 0413 154 024



Thank you's and Welcome
This month we welcome Craig Duckmanton onto the Management Committee in the capacity of Education Team Leader. Craig's got many ideas and loads of enthusiasm and the MC looks forward to his input.

This month I'd like to express my sincere thanks to Keelah who has been coordinating the supper providers for PSN monthly meetings for the last 3 or 4 years. Keelah is also a zero waste champion who leads by example and active advocacy. You'll notice that the PSN newsletter, which comes out the week before the monthly meeting, now has a permanent reminder to bring your own coffee mugs to the meeting - this is an initiative by Keelah that we all need to work on. When enjoying supper after the meetings, notice how much of the food is homemade and brought in reusable containers rather than packaged, store bought stuff... this has all been encouraged and promoted by Keelah. We wish Keelah all the best in her future endeavours and congratulate her on the anniversary of the Manly Food Co-op which she took the initiative of establishing 15 years ago.

I'd also like to welcome the new supper co-ordinator, Fairlie, who joined PSN (Ku-ring-gai local group) in mid 2011.

A correction from last month's newsletter... Thanks to Elaine who organised the 2011 PSN tour.

Finally, thank you to Peter Pezzolesi who has been a man wearing many PSN hats over the last few years. 2012 was to be Pez' 3rd year as the North Sydney Local Group Coordinator and 3rd year running the 2 annual mushroom picking trips to Oberon. He's also taught many a Living Skill's workshop and manned the Seed Savers table at our monthly meetings. Pez' vibrant presence, jokes and laughter has been much appreciated at many an event, and I'm sure will be welcomed where ever he chooses to take it next.






Positions still Vacant
We’d like to give all members the opportunity to help out and get involved in PSN activities, both as participants, position holders, team members and as casual helpers. We invite anyone interested in taking on the following roles to contact us at feedback@permaculturenorth.org.au.

Membership Secretary. Anyone who’s come to a monthly meeting at Lindfield Hall will probably know Ian Watson at the front desk. He’s the current PSN secretary but would like to mentor someone to take over from him. Kay Phelan and Rolf Cambridge will be helping him out for a while on the front desk, but the Membership Secretary has a few other behind the scenes responsibilities to carry out to. This position is not a role on the Management Committee.

Media Coordinator. We haven’t yet worked this out sufficiently, but we’re certainly interested in hearing from anyone that has skills in photography, videoing, putting together YouTube clips, optimising social media channels. This person would be part of the Communications team but is not a role on the Management Committee directly.

Willoughby & North Sydney Local Group Coordinators. AIf anyone is from these Council areas and would like to have a go at getting involved, please get in touch. You don’t have to have done this sort of thing before. In fact this year, the Management Committee is going to be investing a lot of energy into resourcing and mentoring our Local Group Coordinators to help them make their groups strong and influential within their local community, if they’re not already of course.

Fundraising Team Leader. This is a role on the Management Committee, and the name is pretty self explanatory. PSN needs money to be able to run great programs, courses, tours and events. Membership fees do not cover all our costs, so we need to apply for grants and use other creative fundraising ideas to keep our group financially healthy. Can you help? Position description is available.

Just asking… Did you know that you, our members, are PSN’s most valuable resources? We know that some of you are worth your weight in gold, but what about all those people who we don’t know so well? Some people have family commitments, or difficulty in getting to meetings, or for whatever reason, we don’t see them or hear from them that often.

If you feel that you would like to get involved but don’t know exactly how, why don’t you let us know, and we can see how we can work that in with what’s going on?






Welcome new PSN members.
A big welcome to all our new members since our March meeting.
 
Hornsby:  Jenai D, Alexi G, Jessica M, Hong I, Brenda L, Ben R, Duncan S.
Manly, Pittwater, Warringah:  Trish D, Lisa D, Mary H, Michelle S, Sadie M, Cathy N, Tracy R,
North Sydney:  Denis B, Charlotte D.
Willoughby: Sharon P.
Other: Karen Y, Dianne M


For details on local group monthly meetings please refer to the noticeboard or email your local group coordinator. Contact details are on the website.




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