E-News - MAY 2019
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David Holmgren is coming to WA!

This is going to be one VERY exciting Permaculture Festival and we can't wait to connect you with one of Permaculture's greatest!

This August will see a metro and regional roadshow celebrating Permaculture, it's history, it's communities, it's successes and it's pipeline projects.  This event is aimed to bring communities from around the state together in celebration of 40 Years of Permaculture in Western Australia with an inspiring presentation from David Holmgren showcasing his latest book, Retrosuburbia where he will share the possibilities for communities now and into the future.  PermacultureWest and it's event committee have been working closely with local and regional groups to collaborate and create a unique event in every town.  There will be additional events and activities in the respective regions on and around the key event dates and these will be revealed soon as local groups continue to bloom and flourish with more ideas for their event line up to create something really unique and special.  For now, you want to save the date for one or as many of the events that you would like to attend:

  • PERTH                           4th AUGUST 2019
  • BUNBURY                     10th AUGUST 2019 
  • MARGARET RIVER      11th AUGUST 2019
  • ALBANY                        17th AUGUST 2019
David Holmgren is best known as the co-originator of the permaculture concept following the publication of "Permaculture One" in 1978. David is globally recognised as a leading ecological thinker, teacher, respected writer and thought-provoking speaker promoting permaculture lifestyle as a realistic, attractive and powerful alternative to dependent consumerism. As well as ongoing home and teaching involvements in the practical side of permaculture, David is passionate about the philosophical and conceptual foundations for sustainability that are highlighted in his writing and independent publishing. His writings over those three decades span a diversity of subjects and issues but always illuminating another aspect of permaculture thinking. Key publications include Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability (2002) and Future Scenarios: How Communities Can Adapt To Peak Oil and Climate Change (2009) and most recently, RetroSuburbia; the downshifter guide to a resilient future (2018). At home, David lives with his partner Su Dennett on their permaculture property and demonstration site, Melliodora in Hepburn, Victoria.

Expressions of Interest

If you would like to get involved in some way shape or form with the line up of events, contact PermacultureWest at and we will connect you with your respective regional event coordinator. 

We will share more updates on the line up of events as they take shape!  Until then, clear the diary! You do not want to miss this!

Nyoongar country spans from Leeman in the northwest to beyond Cape Arid in the southeast, in the southwest of Australia. The Nyoongar calendar includes six seasons.

MAKURU - Season of Fertility
Time to move inland. More food available.

Winter~ June - July

The lifestyle for the Nyoongar communities during Makuru

Makaru sees the coldest and wettest time of the year come into full swing. Traditionally, this was a good time of the year to move back inland from the coast as the winds turned to the west and south bringing the cold weather, rains and occasionally snow on the peaks of the Stirling and Porongurup Ranges.

As the waterways and catchments started to fill, people were able to move about their country with ease and thus their food sources changed from sea, estuarine and lake foods to those of the lands in particular the grazing animals such as the kangaroo. As well as a food source, animals provided people with many other things. For example, 'Yongar' or kangaroos not only provided meat but also 'bookas' (animal skin cloaks that were used as the nights became much cooler). Nothing was left; even the bones and sinews were used in the manufacturing of bookas and for hunting tools such as spears.

Makuru is also a time for a lot of animals to be pairing up in preparation for breeding in the coming season. If you look carefully, you might now see pairs of 'Wardongs' (ravens) flying together. You also notice these pairs not making the usual 'ark ark arrrrrk' that these birds are well known for when flying solo. Upon the lakes and rivers of the Southwest, you'll also start to see a large influx of the Black Swan or 'Mali' as they too prepare to nest and breed.

Flowers that will start to emerge include the blues and purples of the Blueberry Lilly (Dianella revoluta) and the Purple Flags (Patersonia occidentalis). As the season comes to a close, you should also start to notice the white flowers of the weeping peppermint (Agonis flexuosa) as the blues start to make way for the white and cream flowers of Djilba.

Read more here

This beautiful artwork was sourced from the MercyCare website: here

Principle #12
Creatively use and respond to change 

“ Vision is not seeing things as they are but as they will be ” 

We can have a positive impact on inevitable change by carefully observing, and then intervening at the right time.

The butterfly is a positive symbol of transformative change in nature, from its previous life as a caterpillar. The proverb “vision is not seeing things as they are but as they will be” reminds us that understanding change is much more than a linear projection.

This month's Permaculture Principle is summarised beautifully by the Formidable Vegetable Sound System's tune......

Change!  <-- One thing is for certain! Change is inevitable! We never know what's around the bend!
Listen free here!!! 


A Cosy Home On Wheels

Searching for a more sustainable lifestyle, Adam and Sian moved to the country and soon felt the need to create their own shelter. They lived in the back of a 1969 Bedford truck while saving money, collecting materials and working on the design before transforming it into a cosy home with help from friends. The house truck is comfortable and quite heavy, not designed to move on a whim. Living on wheels gives the empowering flexibility to move with changing circumstances.

(Sourced Information & Photograph): Website: Permaculture Principles.   --> link ‘A cosy home on wheels’ photo by Keren Dobia. A tiny home built by Adam Hickman.

Changing the climate around Daylesford

An old tomatillo is found, it’s intricate outer case has begun decomposing but it’s contents are still edible. Daylesford Community Food Gardeners are at work compost building at their ‘annual food’ garden, one of the five around town. The group is establishing a food system enabling free, organic food in an era of increasing climate chaos, peak oil and dislocation from healthy foods and environments. Community gardening, ‘social warming’ in an era of global warming.

(Sourced Information & Photograph): Website: Permaculture Principles.   --> link Photo contributed by Patrick Jones

Imagine the future

“I planted these trees on this small patch of alluvial soil in 1987. They were planted for wood products, amenity, and to provide sheltered grazing underneath. My idea was to harvest the Poplars for high quality veneer as they reach 55cm in diameter and allow the Black Walnut to grow on for another 40 years after that. I am the custodian of this farm and one day it will pass onto my grandchildren. What better gift than a mature Black Walnut tree?” – Rowan Reid

(Sourced Information & Photograph): Website: Permaculture Principles.   --> link  Photographed at Bambra Agroforestry Farm in Australia by Rowen Reid

Unique OFF GRID - Straw Bale - 87 acres of Permy Paradise FOR SALE 
2178 Chittering Road, Lower Chittering, WA 6084

Do you dream of escaping the city life to your own hidden sanctuary? This unique property situated on 87 acres in the heart of the Chittering Valley offers unlimited potential for folks seeking to escape the grind of city living and establish the permaculture living dream on this already constructed eco-property.

Traveling along the 1km driveway, winding your way through the colourful wild flowers, tall timber trees and natural Australian bush brings you to a secluded section of the property, where the impressive off grid, self-sustainable home is located. The north facing solar passive home has been ideally positioned to capture great valley views across the escarpment. Your time should be spent unwinding listening to the sounds of the birds, trees and mother nature at her best.

Property Features include:

- Straw Bale Home with extensive timber features
- Double glazed windows with timber frames
- Three super large bedrooms
- Open plan living/family
- Kitchen with Chef upright cooker, stainless breakfast bar
- Bathroom with clawfoot bath
- Clivus Multrum waterless composting toilet
- Laundry/Mud room
- Slow combustion wood fire
- Wood fire hot water system
- Wrap around verandah
- Workshop (approx.) 9m x 6m
- 3m (approx.) Lean-too
- 20 Solar Panels with 240v battery packs
- 3 Water tanks
- Chicken run
- Fruit Trees
- Vegetables Beds
- Reticulation

This property would make the perfect eco-friendly retreat, the serenity will refresh the soul, rejuvenate the body and clear the mind from the day to day stresses of life. Step back in time and live the simple lifestyle that this stunning property has to offer.

For more information visit the online lisiting here or contact:
Kim Johnson on 0407 089 880
This a is a great introduction doco to soil health and the importance of carbon in the soil.  If you have a great documentary worth sharing send your doco link to and we will feature it here in the next eNews Documentary Review.
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In The Earth Moved, Amy Stewart takes us on a journey through the underground world and introduces us to one of its most amazing denizens. The earthworm may be small, spineless, and blind, but its impact on the ecosystem is profound. It ploughs the soil, fights plant diseases, cleans up pollution, and turns ordinary dirt into fertile land. Who knew? In her witty, offbeat style, Stewart shows that much depends on the actions of the lowly worm. Charles Darwin devoted his last years to the meticulous study of these creatures, praising their remarkable abilities. With the august scientist as her inspiration, Stewart investigates the worm's subterranean realm, talks to oligochaetologists-the unsung heroes of earthworm science-who have devoted their lives to unearthing the complex life beneath our feet, and observes the thousands of worms in her own garden. From the legendary giant Australian worm that stretches to ten feet in length to the modest nightcrawler that wormed its way into the heart of Darwin's last book to the energetic red wigglers in Stewart's compost bin, The Earth Moved gives worms their due and exposes their hidden and extraordinary universe. This book is for all of us who appreciate Mother Nature's creatures, no matter how humble.

Pip Podcast #20 Slow Clothing with Jane Milburn

In this podcast we talk with Jane Milburn about slow clothing and ethical fashion and why we need to think more about the clothes we choose and the way we dress.

Jane shares her preference for natural fibres and her slow clothing manifesto, with practical ideas we can implement into our lives.

To ready more by Jane visit

Remember that you can get a 10% discount on all new PIP Magazine subscriptions, just use the voucher PCWEST10 at check out! 

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