Sunday, 29 April 2012

May 2012 meeting update

This month, as part of our first year anniversary meeting, we are lucky to have Nicole Foss visit to undertake a short question and answer session.  Nicole is considered "one of those all too rare big picture people who understands and can explain the links between the many converging factors now threatening the world" (source: Transition Town Sunshine Coast).

It will also be a great time to catch up with everyone and their gardens and if we get time, chat about some community opportunities for a permaculture garden on land associated with the Men's Shed in West Woombye.

Look forward to seeing you all there for some information sharing and connections between like-minded people.

Trade, swap, buy and sell markets, as well as the Organic Co-Op markets from 7pm. Speakers from 7:30pm. Gold coin donation to cover the hall rental.

Also don't forget, 6th of May is International Permaculture Day. What activities will you be undertaking to celebrate this grand event? Don't forget to share these with other members at the meeting on Tuesday night or post a comment.

Friday, 27 April 2012

One Year Anniversary & May 2012 Meeting

Permaculture Eudlo Celebrates One Year Anniversary!

Our Permaculture group has just made it to our first year together - a major milestone! We always love welcoming new faces and getting to know our neighbours in the local community and we've learned a lot along the way over the last 12 months.

We have a great group of enthusiastic locals sharing the responsibilities and have enjoyed listening to some knowledgeable speakers (from both within and outside our group). We've also learned about local produce, plants, permaculture concepts, watched movies and presentations plus had garden tours. More lined up for the rest of 2012.

Come along and join us at our next meeting on Tuesday, 1 May ... from 7.00pm at the Eudlo Town Hall, Rosebed Street, Eudlo.

We've got some great guest speakers lined up as well as the Organic Co-op Market prior. So bring along any surplus produce you'd like to sell, swap or share and mingle with like-minded others. And of course, have a cuppa with us to celebrate.

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Community Garage Sale Trail – Saturday 5 May

Palmwoods Woombye Lions and Cr Jenny McKay, in conjunction with Sunshine Coast Regional Council, are asking YOU to get involved in your local Garage Sale Trail on Saturday, 5 May.
You can host a sale or put on your walking shoes on the day and wander around your town browsing the fine wares on offer. 
The Garage Sale Trail is a national initiative and sees homes and business all across the country opening their garage and front doors to sell their second-hand and hand-crafted wares – all on the same day!  The Garage Sale Trail is about sustainability, community & creativity.

Where: Homes, businesses and community centres throughout the local area.
COST:   Free
Why should you get involved?
·        If you are a household, the Garage Sale Trail is the perfect way to de-clutter & make a little pocket money.
·        If you are a maker or creator, use the Garage Sale Trail as an opportunity to market your wares to an audience who want to discover treasure.
·        If you are a local business it’s an opportunity to connect to your neighbourhood and make a positive contribution to your community.
·        If you’re a community group or cultural institution, the Garage Sale Trail is the perfect way to fundraise and/or connect to your local community.

How to get involved:

If you make jewellery, paint landscapes, or other, then open up your garage to sell (and promote it) to the community.  If you’re in a band, then turn your garage into a temporary stage. Or, if you just have a lot of trash and treasure lying around, this is the perfect opportunity to make a bit of cash off it!

Whatever your wares, you must register your garage sale online at

For more information please contact:

·        Palmwoods Woombye Lions
·        Contact:   Dawn Hebblewhite 54421226
·        Cr Jenny McKay -  0409450726

April 2012 Meeting Update

At this month's meeting, there was a good turnout of around 15 even with the recent wet weather.

There was limited produce to swap/share with most people's gardens washed out with the rain. However, the Milk & Honey Cafe in the main street of Palmwoods usually has a veggie swap on Tuesday mornings. 

Catriona brought along some Stevia

Fleur's Organic Co-op: Fleur will in future, be bringing only dried fruits and nuts to the meetings but she is able to fill orders via email to pick up at meetings. Contact Fleur at:  
This month's presentation topic was: Making and Using a Cob Oven (and Tandoori Oven). 

Speakers were Roy Gasson & Diane Livingstone. Diane, apart from being an accomplished cob-oven maker, has also been a reflexologist, nurse and Permaculturist. Roy describes himself as a ‘gentleman’ and has been a bee-keeper, potter, did a PDC a few years ago, and is now a tandoori oven maker.

Diane had some great pictures of her experience with making the basic cob oven.

Roy went on to describe a more high-tech version that uses a hi-temp refractory material in place of cob (sand, clay, straw). The tandoori oven is yet a further advancement; it only takes about 20 minutes to heat up, is very wood efficient and, Roy claims is 10 times more useful than the old-fashioned cob oven.

There were lots of questions during the presentations as well as after. Great interaction between speakers and audience. Roy’s son is a Tandoori oven expert known as the ‘Mobile Pizza King’. Several people in the group seemed very keen to make an oven for themselves.

There was lots of conversation over a cuppa after the presentations and some delicious supper to share.

Next month: We are hoping to have Orion talking about bamboo – and perhaps some other interesting things as well.

Native Bees: Robert Raabe, a noted native beekeeper will be speaking at a date yet to be fixed (and perhaps at another venue during the daytime – rather than on a Tuesday evening).

Frogs & frog ponds: We are hoping to have Sean Morrow speak on this topic soon.

Next meeting is Tuesday 1 May - everyone is welcome to come along and join us.