Geoff Lawton workshops on the Sunshine Coast in May

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    Geoff Lawton talks and permaculture workshops on the Sunshine Coast , May 2006

    Thursday 18th May
    Permaculture Noosa Monthly General Meeting
    All welcome
    Venue: Cooroy RSL Hall, Maple St
    Maple Street Cooroy
    Time: 7pm (market stalls), meeting starts 7.30 pm
    Topic: ‘Drought Proofing Your Property” - water management strategies and design.
    Plus Questions and Answers and Geoff’s update with the latest from various overseas projects & events.
    Admission: Free

    Friday 19 May
    Public program:
    Venue: Nambour State High School (NHS) Technology Centre, Coronation Ave, Nambour
    (Access via the service road outside the Nambour State Primary School and driveway next to The Gatehouse)
    Topic:
    Drought Proofing Your Property
    Efficient Water Management for Landholders
    Talk by Geoff Lawton on Friday May 19
    Nambour State High School (NHS) Technology Centre Auditorium
    >From 7.00 pm

    Continuing drought is a worry to all primary producers as we enter another winter without receiving adequate summer rain. Many producers are giving up trying to make a decent living from the land as there seems to be no end to the prolonged dry periods that we are experiencing year after year.

    Geoff Lawton, managing director of the Permaculture Research Institute and permaculture consultant, designer and teacher is visiting the Sunshine Coast to talk on how to make the most of water on your property. Geoff has been involved in hundreds of permaculture projects, both here in Australia and around the world. Much of his work has been in dry-land areas, including Jordan and Iraq, where greening the desert has resulted in amazing results that have convinced even the most sceptical people of the value of permaculture strategies. In contrast, through experience with projects in the sub tropics and tropics, Geoff is able to show how to protect against flooding....for times when a huge downpour can happen in just hours.

    Listen to Geoff talk on how to catch, store and move water around the landscape for optimal food production in all climates. With earthworks that create swales, diversion of surface flow to soakage beds and a myriad of other earthwork techniques that work with land contours, Geoff can show how to create an abundant harvest in the driest of conditions. Learn about catching water when it is available and holding onto it for as long possible to assist drought proofing any property.

    All are welcome to see Geoff Lawton’s presentation at the Nambour State High School Technology Centre Auditorium on Friday the 19th of May at 7.00 pm. Admission is $5.00 with a $3 concession for members of local Permaculture Groups. Contact Elisabeth Fekonia on (0432) 180 523 or Chris Carroll on 54421 555 for further information and bookings.

    Saturday 20, Sunday 21 & Monday 22 May

    Series One – Three Workshops/Field Days - (numbers limited )
    Series One will be focused on using earthworks for water management to help drought-proof and flood-proof your property.

    Title: Practical Earthworks Using Permaculture Design with Geoff Lawton
    Students are invited to bring details of their own sites or potential sites.

    Where: Bailey acreage property, Eudlo

    Dates and Times:

    Saturday 20th May Full day 9.00 am to 4.00 pm

    Design and mark out earthworks on the site – practical workshop

    Sunday 21st May Full day 9.00 am to 4.00 pm

    Supervising real earthworks in progress – practical workshop
    Selecting appropriate species to plant to stabilise the area after earthworks

    Monday 22nd May Half day 9.00 am- 12.30 pm
    Seeding, planting and mulching to stabilise the new earthworks – practical workshop

    Workshop fees:
    Full day 9.00 am to 4.00 pm
    $50.00 General public (Non-members)
    $40.00 Members of Permaculture Noosa Inc. and Maroochy Community Permaculture Group Inc.


    Half day 9.00 am to 12.30 pm and 1.00 pm to 4.00 pm
    $30.00 General public (Non-members)
    $25.00 Members of Permaculture Noosa Inc. and Maroochy Community Permaculture Group Inc.

    Morning and afternoon teas provide. Please bring your lunch, work boots and sun hats

    For Workshop bookings please contact:

    Elisabeth Fekonia (0432) 180 523
    Email: [email protected]
    or
    Or Christine Carroll (07) 5442 1555
    Email: [email protected]

    Tuesday 23 May Public program from 7.00 pm
    '‘The Oil Crisis. What can we do about it?’
    Permaculture solutions for the world's suburban populations
    to help avoid the consequence of Peak Oil and the Energy Descent
    A presentation by Geoff Lawton
    International Permaculture teacher and consultant
    Plus screening of
    ‘The Power of Community- How Cuba survived Peak Oil’
    Lecture Theatre 1 University of the Sunshine Coast Sippy Downs
    Tuesday 23 May From 7.00 pm
    Free admission

    With the depletion of the world’s reserves of oil we are set to experience enormous repercussions world-wide in the not too distant future.

    Peak Oil means that we have reached the point of demand outstripping the supply of conventional petroleum and other fossil fuels. Already the price of fuel is skyrocketing. Our economy relies heavily on petroleum-based products with many of our food supplies dependant on fossil fuelled transport. It is not hard to see that this scenario signals difficult times ahead for millions of people around the globe. Meeting basic food needs could soon become difficult for people with limited incomes.

    Geoff Lawton, of the Permaculture Research Institute, an international permaculture teacher and consultant, will present permaculture solutions for suburban populations of this region and the world to help people avoid the consequence of Peak Oil and the Energy Descent. Questions will be answered with positive solutions, encouraging self-reliance.

    A screening of the newly released documentary, ‘The Power of Community- How Cuba survived Peak Oil’ will show Cuba as an example to the industrialised world, successfully dealing with the crisis of the reduction and loss of finite fossil fuel resources.
    The film shows the transition across Cuba from large farms and plantations, with reliance on fossil- fuel based pesticides and fertilisers, to small organic farms and urban gardens incorporating permaculture design.

    See Geoff Lawton’s unique presentation in Lecture Theatre 1 at the University of the Sunshine Coast, Sippy Downs on Tuesday 23rd of May from 7.00 pm. Admission is free.

    For further information contact Elisabeth Fekonia on 0432 180 523 or Chris Carroll on 5442 1555.


    Saturday May 27 & Sunday 28 May Series Two – Two full day workshops - (numbers limited)

    Title: Understanding the finer points of Permaculture Design with Geoff Lawton
    Students are invited to bring details of their own sites or potential sites.
    All student questions answered from Geoff’s experience.

    Where: Yandina Permaculture Gardens
    The Blue House, Cnr Farrell and North Sts, Yandina
    Browse through the gardens to see demonstrations of permaculture design
    Times:
    Full day 9.00 am to 4.00 pm
    Half day 9.00 am to 12.30 pm and 1.00 pm to 4.00 pm

    Saturday 27th May Full day

    Morning
    Overview of Permaculture Design Principles
    Design strategies used around the world - the impacts and benefits
    Earthworks for a variety of landscapes and climates - swales, terraces, ponds and dams

    Afternoon
    Successful water harvesting- catching, storing and moving water for optimum production in a variety of landscapes
    Designing appropriate strategies and earthworks to help drought and flood proof your property
    Selecting the most appropriate earthmoving machinery


    Sunday 28th May Full day

    Morning
    Application of permaculture design principles to food production, home design, construction, energy conservation and generation
    Straw bale building and uses of bamboo in structures

    Afternoon
    Sustainable living systems for a wide variety of landscapes and climates. Animal systems.
    Species selection and planting methods for small properties and broad acre properties
    Composting, compost tea making and mulching

    Workshop fees:
    Morning and afternoon teas provide. Please bring your lunch and sun hats

    Full day 9.00 am to 4.00 pm
    $50.00 General public (Non-members)
    $40.00 Members of Permaculture Noosa Inc. and Maroochy Community Permaculture Group Inc.

    Half day 9.00 am to 12.30 pm and 1.00 pm to 4.00 pm
    $30.00 General public (Non-members)
    $25.00 Members of Permaculture Noosa Inc. and Maroochy Community Permaculture Group Inc.

    For Workshop bookings please contact:

    Elisabeth Fekonia ((0432) 180 523
    Email: [email protected]
    or
    Or Christine Carroll (07) 5442 1555
    Email: [email protected]
     
  2. derekh

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    I'm certainly looking forward the talk and the field days on Drought Proofing. This topic is a must do for my property. I'm skipping college (TAFE) and taking a day off work to attend.

    Anyone on the northside of Brisbane want to share the transport costs ?

    cheers
    Derek
     

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