Australasian Permaculture Convergence 14 (APC14)

Randwick Sustainability Hub

Vertical gardens, aquaponics and native solitary bee motels

Come on one of the tours of an urban permaculture community park project — the Randwick Sustainability Hub — it’s FREE.

JOIN US FOR THE OPENING THE FINAL STAGE of Hub project with Mayor Cr Lindsay Shurey and after we’ll be planting out our new garden with ABC TV’s host of Gardening Australia, Costa Georgiadis. A project designed by permaculture designers, Terry Bail and Steve Batley.

We are running our International Permaculture Day event early so those people who are coming to the Australasian Permaculture Convergence (APC14) and are passing through Sydney, can come for our FREE tours.

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The timber classroom

THIS YEAR we’re buzzing with native and honey bees, learning how to live off the fat of the land, taking a look at the energy, water and materials retrofit of the community centre, touring the range of garden trails and running a LETS market place.

CHILDREN are in for a treat with the Amazing Drumming Monkeys puppet show.

JOIN OLIVER BROWN TO LEARN ABOUT OUR URBAN WILD HARVEST. The wilder ‘zone five’ that is usually the location of reforestation and wildlife habitat in rural permaculture systems also apply in urban permaculture, though here in the cities we harvest it: seaweed from the oceanic wilderness; the common ‘weeds’ of unused spaces and gardens; the passing snacks of street tree fruit to meaningful harvests of staple foods. When approached ethically, the wild food of our urban areas are bounteous places for urban foraging if you know where to look. This talk is intended to be a guide to the wild harvest where we live.

BEES are our focus in workshops by landscape architect and native bee expert, Elke Haege; honey bees will be the buzz with Doug Purdie from The Urban Beehive. The Sydney Bee Club has installed honey and native bee hives at the Sustainability Hub and these will be on view.

RENOVATORS will find a lot to learn by joining the tour of the community centre’s energy and water retrofit with permaculture architect, Terry Bail. There’s ideas on materials selection, water harvesting and storage and energy management to take home. Then there’s the recently-completed classroom-on-the-commons that makes extensive use of recycled building materials.

HOME FOOD GARDENERS, TEACHERS and COMMUNITY EDUCATORS — there’s inspiration for you when you join the tour of the Permaculture Interpretive Garden and its balcony-scale aquaponic and vertical garden system; our guide is landscape architect and permaculture educator Steve Batley from Sydney Organic Gardens. Steve will also take us along the wild food and habitat trails that are used as part of the Hub’s pre-and-primary schools science education program.

So… there’e lots to do and see at the Randwick Sustainability Hub, the name given to the community resiliency education program at Randwick Community Centre.

WHEN: Saturday 21 April 2018
TIME: 1:00pm-5:30pm
WHERE: Randwick Community Centre, 27 Munda Street, Randwick.
(it can be tricky to find so beware of GPS – go down Bundock St and turn into Hendy Ave at the new housing estate then right into Marida Avenue and follow the road around until you get to the Randwick Community Centre.)
CONTACT: fiona.campbell@randwick.nsw.gov.au

Program

Arrive at 1:00pm for a 1:15pm start to workshops

1:15pm – 2:45pm — workshops

  • Energy and water trail tour with architect Terry Bail
  • Permaculture garden trail tour with landscape architect Steve Batley
  • Honey bee trail workshop/tour with Elke Haege
  • Native bee trail workshop/tour with Elke Haege
  • Living off the fat of the land workshop with Oliver Brown

1:15 – 2:15pm — LETS market place with Sydney Local Exchange & Trading System (LETS).

2:00 – 2:45pm — Amazing Drumming Monkeys — kids puppet show

3:00pm — Join us for a cuppa and a chat in our timber classroom made mostly of repurposed materials

3:30pm…

  • Join us outside the new entry works to the Randwick Community Centre
  • Opening of the final works of the Randwick Sustainability Hub project with Mayor Cr Lindsay Shurey and host of the ABC Gardening Australia, Costa Georgiadis
  • Join Costa while we get planting in our new habitat garden.

4:00 – 4:45pm — Amazing Drumming Monkeys — kids puppet show

4:00 – 5:15pm…

  • Repeat of workshops and
  • Getting unstuck workshop with Sydney LETS member Annette Loudon.
Permaculture Interpretive Garden

Permaculture Interpretive Garden showing part of the rain garden in the background

 

Reedbed Toilet

Reedbed toilet and filtered water station.


Getting there

From Bondi Junction by bus

  • catch 316 bus from Bondi Junction Interchange
  • get off the bus on the corner of Bundock Street and Hendy Avenue, South Coogee
  • walk down Hendy Avenue until you reach the entry to the Permaculture Interpretive Garden
  • continue along the concrete path until you arrive at the welcoming area
  • the trip takes about 30 minutes.

From Central station by bus

  • catch 374 bus from Eddy Avenue Stand C, Central Station
  • get off the bus on the corner of Alison Road and North Belmore Road, Randwick
  • catch the 317 bus from Randwick
  • get off the bus on the corner of Bundock Street and Hendy Avenue, South Coogee
  • walk down Hendy Avenue until you reach the entry to the Permaculture Interpretive Garden
  • continue along the concrete path until you arrive at the welcoming area
  • the trip takes about 35 minutes.

From Randwick shops by bus

  • catch the 316 bus along Belmore Road, Randwick
  • get off the bus on the corner of Bundock Street and Hendy Avenue, South Coogee
  • walk down Hendy Avenue until you reach the entry to the Permaculture Interpretive Garden
  • continue along the concrete path until you arrive at the welcoming area
  • the trip takes about 15 minutes.

From Coogee by walking

  • walk to the corner of Bundock Street and Hendy Avenue, South Coogee
  • walk down Hendy Avenue until you reach the entry to the Permaculture Interpretive Garden
  • continue along the concrete path until you arrive at the welcoming area
  • the walk from Coogee will take about 25 minutes.