Australasian Permaculture Convergence 14 (APC14)

Canberra Permaculture Tour

Old Canberra is the New Canberra

DATE: Saturday 14th of April.

The aim of the tour is to highlight a range of activities going on in the national capital, with a common theme around community involvement, partnering with government and other not-for-profits and how we can better look after the planet in an urban context.


(times indicative at this stage)

[all participants to give us an email address and a mobile number.  For people with their own vehicles, we are suggesting they park at the National Hockey Centre car park (Lyneham).  For those without a vehicle, we suggest they let us know where they are staying/going to be that morning, and we can make arrangements for a pick-up – this will become easier to work out when we know who we have got and where they are.]

from 9:00am – pick up at National Hockey Centre, or at designated pick-up points

9:30 National Arboretum – we’ll focus on the Southern Tablelands Ecosystem Park (STEP), gathering in The Clearing for a quick ‘get to know one another’ followed by presentations from Arboretum staff.  We’ll visit the ‘bush tucker’ garden and hear some of the story of the Arboretum, including around species selection (many of the species were selected as they are culturally known as multi-use species).

10:30 Canberra Environment Centre – an important community hub, where we will see:

Acton Community Garden (including their new solar powered composter);

Repair Café


as well as information on the CEC and its role within the Canberra community.

12noon The Co-op Shop and Café – find out about this members co-operative that has been functioning continuously for over 40 years, providing access to ethical, sustainable wholefoods, fresh produce (with an emphasis local and organic) and reasonably priced meals.

Lunch at the Co-op

Will be vegetarian and yummy, prepared by members of one of Canberra’s many refugee communities.  Please advise any specific dietary requirements on registration.  Cost of lunch is included in the tour price

2:00 – Lyneham Commons – this is an urban garden on unleased public land.  The garden has been established with permaculture principles in mind.  It is still quite a new project, but the people behind it are very enthusiastic to make it work, and will give us a good presentation, etc.

3:00 SEE-Change sustainable house – owners will give us an intro and talk about the house – looking especially at design features, etc here.  There will then be time for people to wander at will.

4:00 COGS Mitchell Garden – COGS run a series of urban gardens where residents can grow food following organic gardening principles.  We will find out about COGS and tour the garden.

End of the day arrange for a quiet spot at the Old Canberra Inn for a bit of a debrief and reflection back on the day.

COST: $55  per person per day [excludes accommodation and evening meal] includes transport, morning tea, lunch,

MEALS INCLUDED: Morning tea, Lunch, Afternoon tea

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