E-News - MARCH 2019
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We have a special announcement and a SAVE THE DATE for the 2019 Perth Permaculture Festival!  There will be a Gala Dinner on Saturday 10th August at Perth City Farm with the Perth Permaculture Festival kicking off on the morning of Sunday 11 August 2019 also at Perth City Farm.  We have some special guests lined up for the event and we will reveal more as the programme for the event is finalised.  So for now - SAVE THE DATE! You do not want to miss this one!
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.

Second Summer (Season of Adolescence)

February - March

The lifestyle for the Nyoongar communities during Bunuru

Bunuru is the hottest time of the year with little to no rain. Hot easterly winds continue with a cooling sea breeze most afternoons if you're close to the coast. Therefore, traditionally this was, and still is, a great time for living and fishing by the coast, rivers and estuaries. Because of this, freshwater foods and seafood made up major parts of the diet during this time of year.

Bunuru is also a time of the white flowers with lots of white flowering gums in full bloom, including Jarrah, Marri and Ghost Gums.

Another striking flower that is hard to go past is the female Zamia (Macrozamia riedlei). Being much larger than that of its male counterpart, the huge cones emerge from the centre of the plant with masses of a cotton wool like substance.

As the hot, dry weather continues the seed upon the cones change from green to bright red, indicating they're ripening and becoming more attractive to animals, particularly the emu, that will eat the toxic fleshy outer.

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Principle #10
Use & Value Diversity 

“Don't put all of your eggs in one basket.” 

Diversity reduces vulnerability to a variety of threats and takes advantage of the unique nature of the environment in which it resides.

The remarkable adaptation of the spinebill and hummingbird to hover and sip nectar from long, narrow flowers with their spine-like beak symbolises the specialisation of form and function in nature. The proverb “don’t put all your eggs in one basket” reminds us that diversity offers insurance against the variations of our environment.

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

Many Many!  <-- Listen free here and have a little jiggidy jig jig while you wash the dishes!!! 

Saving ancient grains for food security

Bhuni and Savitri are being trained in the cultivation of a range of rare millet varieties, which fell out of favour with Indian farmers around four decades ago when they switched to crops such as rice, hoping to make more money. In a country which is facing dramatic water shortages, the many varieties of millet are again being appreciated as a more sustainable crop that can be grown on rainfall, without irrigation. Seeds are collected and distributed throughout the region.

(Sourced Information & Photograph): Website: Permaculture Principles.   --> link  

Photo taken at THREAD, Siddharth Village – Odisha in India. A Permafund grant recipient.
We have a new kid on the block! Not a kid of course, just as the saying goes.  We were recommended to meet Lyndon Kidman recently at our recent committee meeting and he presented himself as quite the character, a passionate permie and ready to get his hands dirty with the Community Garden representatives on the Permaculture West committee.  

Lyndon is a habitual gardener, prone to piling greens and browns wherever he goes and sitting with plants long enough to understand what they're on about.
He is drought hardy and tolerant to a range of weather conditions but prefers long musical afternoons with good friends and fresh food.

Freshly transplanted into the Permaculture West committee, he aims to grow into a shady leguminous tree capable of absorbing knowledge and wisdom from above and below, that he may spread the seeds of a brighter tomorrow and enrich the ecosystem in which he is rooted.

If you see him on the street, feel free to have a yarn and take a cutting or two (metaphorically please).

Welcome to the Permaculture West Committee Lyndon!!
Showcasing Corymbia Farm - Stay B&B ~ A modern, comfortable self-contained cottage on an ecologically managed farm
Corymbia Farm stay is in the beautiful, rolling landscape of the north west of Tasmania. It is a working farm aiming towards sustainable farming. The farm is owned by Frank and Sue who fleet between their permy inspired retro fitted home in Mt Claremont in Perth, Western Australia and their stunning 75 acre rural escape in Tassie.  And as you can imagine they spend many months at this beautiful piece of paradise and Permaculture West were lucky to interview them for this month’s issue of our March eNews.
A little bit about Frank and Sue’s piece of Permy Paradise
Corymbia Farm is only fifteen minutes from Wynyard/Burnie airport, which has a direct connection to Melbourne. It is 50 minutes to historic Stanley village and a hop skip to the most beautiful beach in Australia, Boat Harbour.  (Wynyard/Burnie airport, taxi ( Wynyard Taxis) or Redline bus to Burnie from Launceston or Hobart. Bus comes to Wynyard as well.)
There are lovely bush trails next to the farm and around the property where even the most stressed person can unwind. Watching the cows chewing their cud is a mediation in itself. They have a bush hut with a wood fire place where guests can go to meditate, write or paint. No electricity means no distractions, and for the ultimate freedom and disconnection there is no mobile phone reception whatsoever – so it is a complete chill out and de couple from the modern world.  You will be able to watch the many varieties of birds that populate the farm; clouds of black cockatoos, pair of eagles, a sea eagle, many small wrens, red robins and honey eaters, colourful parrots all can be seen around close by.  There are wallabies, native mammals including the Tasmanian devil, echidna and quolls to be seen there on occasion too.  Trout in their dam that guests can catch and one can see the occasional platypus and many water birds. 

The cottage is very warm with an efficient wood fire and lots of solar orientation. The modern kitchen has a gas topped stove and electric oven. There is a washing machine and all the necessities for a self contained longer stay. The spa is a wonderful way to unwind. The view outside is of the garden and hills beyond. There is a covered entertainment area with bbq and weber. Plenty of easy access parking.  Fresh eggs are available and you can pick whatever is in season from the garden. The nearby town of Wynyard has all ones general needs with an array of local farmers markets and fresh local produce available together with some lovely walks around the Inglis River and the seaside.
Frank and Sue currently have a wonderful opportunity EXCLUSIVE to our Permaculture West eNews readers this month!  If you are a single or a couple interested in relocating for a few months to Tasmania, Frank and Sue are offering a work-and stay opportunity at their farm at no cost in exchange to work their beautiful land.  This opportunity is available from mid-July 2019 through to mid-October 2019 and you can contact Sue directly if you are interested – this rare opportunity will be snapped up quick so don’t think too long about it if you feel called to connect with them.  They are best reached at 0438 620 348 or
Permaculture West would also like to take this opportunity to say a special thank you to Frank and Sue who have recently donated several copies of the original PAWA Newsletters dating back to 1979 which PermacultureWest look forward to getting loaded onto our website in the coming months ahead and featuring some articles in our upcoming eNews and at the exhibition at the 2019 Perth Permaculture Festival on the 11 August - Save The Date!
Are you holding an event for the International Day of Permaculture on 5th May 2019?  We want to hear about it!  Let us know so we can either feature it in our April eNews and or our Facebook page to help spread the word! 
Go Permies! Go Permies! Go Permies! Go!

Permaculture West are currently seeking old stories, information, photos and articles about Permaculture in Perth over the last 40 Years.  We are in the process of collating information to share openly on our PermacultureWest website and at the upcoming Perth Permaculture Festival - Celebrating 40 Years in August 2019.

The very first of our archives is courtesy of Frank and Susan Hartley, who we are very grateful for their generosity as they have recently donated their original copies of the PAWA Newsletter, dating back to Volume 1, Issue 1 in November 1978!   We have included the front cover opening of this publication for you below and we aim to publish many articles over the coming months ahead and we welcome as much knowledge, memories and information from all those who can contribute to the Perth Permaculture community via,au or

It's up to all of us to keep the history of Permaculture in Perth alive and shared amongst the community for many years to come.   Thanks again to you both Frank and Sue!

Free Local Knowledge, Workshop Notes and Perth Simple Living Guides!!!
Charles Otway has kindly provided some FREE information, past workshop notes and other useful articles that he has shared for any of those who are interested via his website.  Check it out here!
Are you running a course or training program related to Permaculture in the coming months ahead?  Email Tamara at by the 15th day of the month to be included in our next issue.

PIP Magazine Issue #13 and you can have a sticky beak with a virtual flick through this latest issue here!

In this issue of Pip Magazine you get to explore the exciting new possibilities that ebikes provide and have all the info you need to decide if an ebike is for you. Ethical clothing is a highlight this issue and there are some tips about how to make ethical choices while dressing dapper.

There are some great articles to help you grow your own food, including making a mushroom garden, growing carrots and the regular sections; permaculture plants and animals, eat your weeds, save your 
 and seasonal garden guide.

Plus discover an unusual retrofit in Melbourne, an inspiring permaculture designed property in Tasmania and share practical tips for projects at home.

And last but not least - learn about some great food traditions and look at how you might incorporate this into your life. And dip into the world of honey and explore what makes quality honey.

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

Know of a great workshop coming up? Or a permablitz near your place? Is your garden looking fabulous or are you’re just bursting to share photos of your community or school garden? Would you like to introduce your Permaculture business? Would you like to connect with local community gardens in your area?
Well we would
LOVE LOVE! to hear from you!  

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