About

Permaculture Toowoomba Inc.

Our Facebook Group was first established in 2018 to seek community interest in forming an incorporated not-for-profit association.  Following significant support, a public meeting was convened at Sunday 16 June 2019 at the multi-purpose community meeting room on Level 3 of the Toowoomba City Library. 

We had 28 people attend this inaugural foundation meeting, and 9 others who sent their apologies, and the resolution was passed unanimously to become Permaculture Toowoomba Inc. in compliance with Associations Incorporation Act 1981.

On 24 July 2019, our application to become incorporated was approved by the Office of Fair Trading and our Incorporation Number is IA58883.

As an incorporated association, we have Rules approved under the Associated Act 1981.  These Rules require us to have a Management Committee that is elected each year at the Annual General Meeting (AGM).  Management Committee Members are all volunteers who meet regularly and work within the Rules to ensure the effective functioning of Permaculture Toowoomba Inc.

Management Committee 2021-2022

Debbie Bassingthwaighte

President 2019-2022 | Events Communication 2021-2022

Adam Gould

Vice President 2021-2022

Sam Rogers

Vice President 2020-2021 | Events Coordinator 2021-2022

Tim Nash

Secretary 2020-2022

Ingrid Tatow

Committee Member 2020-2021 | Treasurer 2021-2022

Sophie Murphy

Membership Registrar 2021-2022

Janet Dennison

Secretary 2019-2020 | Welcoming Officer 2020-2022

Shirley Dunsdon

Committee Member 2020-2021 | Events Host 2021-2022

Janine Brown

Committee Member 2020-2021 | Newsletter Editor 2021-2022

Facebook Group

In addition to this website, we have a Public Facebook Group as a place for you to connect with others, share interesting ideas and exciting projects, and learn and be inspired together.

The purpose of our Facebook Group is to facilitate proactive online interactions that connect, educate and empower our local community to build individual and collective permaculture-inspired resilience, knowledge, and skills.

We believe it’s important that our Facebook Group clearly reflects this purpose and that all group members understand expectations for online interactions and the content of posts.
 

Please read our Facebook Group Policy. You’ll see headings including:

  • Purpose
  • Eligibility
  • People Care
  • Events, Products and Services
  • Intellectual Property
  • Disputes and Moderation

We welcome discussion on Permaculture topics:

  • Land and Nature Stewardship
  • Building and Passive Solar Design
  • Tools and Technology
  • Education and Culture
  • Health and Spiritual Well-Being
  • Finances and Economics
  • Land Tenure and Community Governance

We also encourage you to ask questions, share tips and online resources, and upload your photos.  We enjoy seeing:

  • Images of gardens, plants, food, retrofitting, upcycling and your many creative projects
  • Recipes, plans, charts, lists and guides
  • Examples of Permaculture Designs
  • Ideas, concepts, case studies and examples that showcase achievements and highlight possibilities

People Care

People Care is a very important focus when interacting online in our Facebook Group.

We celebrate the diversity of our members and strive to create a welcoming online environment where everyone feels safe.  

All Facebook Group Members are expected to communicate in the following ways:

  • Be respectful, inclusive, and considerate of others.
  • Have honest, friendly, and positive interactions.
  • Be helpful, curious, and thoughtful.
  • Promote learning through information sharing, questions, and healthy debate.
  • Protect individual privacy and be aware of confidentiality.
  • Keep all posts and comments aligned with permaculture ethics (Earth Care, People Care, Fair Share) and the aims of Permaculture Toowoomba Inc.