Jane was born in the UK and came to Australia with her family in 1972, where her father worked with CSIRO on the Ord River Scheme just outside Kununurra before moving to Canberra. Jane completed her schooling and studies in Canberra before holding various public sector areas: sub-editor; Commonwealth fisheries management; combating illegal wildlife trade, and ACT Planning.
Jane’s graduate studies paid off when she secured a job with AusAID (now Foreign Affairs) and she spent many years living and working in the areas of humanitarian and refugee relief, disaster response, post-conflict reconstruction, and community development. Jane will always admire the resourcefulness of people who do not have access to goods and services that are taken for granted, or even wasted, by communities in developed countries. Household gardens, invariably the domain of the female in the family, contribute enormously to the health and well-being of the family. Small-scale farms provide the sole income sources for so many households, and with the cost of inputs often beyond reach, farmers often have to find ways to maximise production without the use of fertilizers, pesticides, and irrigation schemes.
After working and living in a variety of post-conflict and developing countries, Jane has developed a deep appreciation for the (relative) stability and peacefulness that can be found within a garden. In the two years that Jane has been in Toowoomba, she has concentrated on planting trees and shrubs that benefit the birds and bees so that she has little helpers when it comes to pollination time.
Jane considers Permaculture Toowoomba to be a fantastic way to meet a group of like-minded people, made all the more interesting by the range of lifestyles and experiences, and knowledge of fellow members.