PASA Gathering November 2010

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PASA recently held a jam-packed gathering on Sunday 7th November at Lochiel Park, Campbelltown. We heard from Sustainable Communities SA and Transition Adelaide West about the great work they are doing building re-localised communities that are resilient to peak oil and climate change, by growing food locally, supporting local businesses, sharing skills and knowledge, and reducing energy dependence. This was followed by a shared lunch and AGM at the newly established community garden at Lochiel Park, under the shade of a beautiful old red gum. We discussed the future directions for PASA, which included the possibility of hosting the Australasian Permaculture Convergence in 2014 or 2016, expanding the role and support of the bioregional permaculture groups (where the action is!), and the possibility of a new “permafest”-style annual get together of environmental groups in Adelaide. We’ll keep you posted! The newly elected members of PASA are:

  • Chris Day – Chair
  • Nat Wiseman – Secretary
  • Michael McMillan – Public Officer & Treasurer
  • Sally Knight, Atma, Eric Nicholson and Sophia as committee members.

Congratulations to all new committee members! After the AGM, we had a tour of Lochiel Park, which included some interesting sustainable urban design elements such as stormwater capture, retention and re-use, “rain-garden”-style swales to infiltrate and clean runoff from the roads, and an integration of housing layouts to maximise solar gain.

Thanks everyone for coming along and for making the event possible!

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Rod and Nicole from Transition Adelaide West

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Morning tea at the Lochiel Park Sustainability Centre

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Lochiel Park Sustainability Centre

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Lunch at the Lochiel Park Community Garden

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The newly planted beds in the Community Garden

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Down to business – the AGM!

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Tour of Lochiel Park – lots of open and pedestrian space for playing!

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The wetlands – stormwater capture, infiltration and reuse within Lochiel Park