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National Permaculture Survey
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Australia, AU
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Wet Tropical

Annie Sloman Chris Mansergh Jakarta Science Academy Lachlan Turner Maklon Kosmetikmu Shelley McClure
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National Permaculture Survey

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Permaculture Local Group/Transition Town/Permablitz

Project Summary

National Permaculture Body - what are your thoughts? Why are we doing this survey? The purpose of this survey is to gather the opinions of Australian Permaculture movement on the need for a national, representative body, and to gauge the movement's views on what functions a national body should be prioritising. It is recognised that some consultation has already occurred at Permaculture Convergences. However, at these events it is difficult to get a clear, quantitative answer where choices are numerous, and not eveyone gets to have a say. Living on a huge continent, it is rare that we all get together to discuss these issues, and not all Permies are able to attend convergences. It is hoped that surveys such as this will enable as many people as possible to have a say, and allow us to make some progress on this issue. The results of this survey, and all proposed models, will be used to inform a discussion paper on the issue. This paper will be sent out to all who have participated in this survey. No personal details or individual responses will be passed on to any third party. Your input to this process is completely confidential. There are fifteen questions in this survey, and it should take around 10 minutes to complete. It is essential that we consult as many Australian Permies as possible so please fill this in and forward this link to your permaculture friends and networks in Australia.

Project Description

Warm Greetings to all members of the Permaculture community,

The idea of unifying the many components that make up the Permaculture movement in Australia is not a new one, but after a rich 30 year history, an idea whose time has come. This survey initiative enables all of you that have completed a Permaculture Design Course in that 30 years or are currently active within your local Permaculture group to provide input toward progressing this concept to the next stage.

A brief history that has resulted in the culmination of this survey dates back to the Australian Permaculture Convergence in 2006 held in Melbourne. It began a dialogue that turned into a mateship between Bruce Zell, Ian Lillington and myself (the Amigo Troika) about what we perceived to be the differences embedded between key individuals and groups within the movement. We saw this as holding the voice of Permaculture back in its country of origin in order to refine an ideology that could effectively shape environmental and social capital
at a time when the word 'sustainability' was on everyone's lips. Permaculture defines 'sustainability' yet our enormous grassroots efforts were not having much impact for a lack of unity. We were an elephant acting like a mouse and felt in necessary to apply Principle 8 -'Integrate rather than Segregate', to ourselves.

We saw APC 10 in Cairns last year as an opportunity to flesh this subject out but wanted discussion beforehand to canvas views. We set up a Google Groups mailing list titled -  'Permaculture Australia' (http://groups.google.com/group/permaculture-australia-?hl=en-GB) to encourage this. The results of the discussions in Cairns were by no means conclusive, but rather a positive response to further the idea.

The 'Permaculture Australia' Google Groups list continues today and you are all welcome to join to get a better perspective of this issue by reading the past conversations (see Discussions & Pages) and contribute yourself to ongoing ones.

This survey is a product of these discussions as it was felt that many valuable contributors were unable to attend the Cairns Convergence and deserved an opportunity to have an input into this 'Great National Design Challenge'. It’s a starting point and just one tool that will inform this design process.  The survey will close at the end of March and all those that complete their contact details will be forwarded the results.

It's important that this survey reaches as many PDC holders and active group members as possible. Some of you have mailing lists of your local group, some are Permaculture teachers with a database of former students and some of you have friends you could pass it onto. Please, it’s vital we get as many responses to the survey as we can.

Responses from the survey will remain completely confidential and none of the information obtained from the results of the survey will be shared with any other party without expressed written consent.

We thank you for your contribution and here is the link to the survey:


Kind Regards

John Champagne on behalf of the Amigo Troika.


John Champagne – ph. 02 6492 7306   [email protected]

Bruce Zell             – ph. 07 4039 0621   [email protected]

Ian Lilington         - ph 0488724176    [email protected]


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