Dear All

Where did the year go?  It is always good to look back and reflect on what we have done when we can get some time to do it!  Thank you to everyone who has participated in Permaculture Northern Beaches (PNB) this year.  From our permatours, educational meetings, workshops, online forum, permabees, work on native bees, fundraising, special events, to establishing our own seed saving group each step has helped along the way sharing knowledge, skills and learnings.

Below is our December What's On and also a reminder in January we will not be holding monthly meetings or permabees or tours. These will recommence in February 2015. We will instead have a new initiative in January to keep you thinking permaculture and sustainable solutions over the holidays. We will announce this later this month!

Wishing you all a productive December,
Elle Sheather
for Pemaculture Northern Beaches Committee
PNB Coordinator
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The 21st Manly Ocean Care day has a theme of 'Healthy Oceans Need Sharks.' 145+ exhibits, live entertainment, speakers, thoughtful presents for Xmas, and a very interactive PNB stall. Come lend a hand!   Contact:

PNB FEAST, QUIZZ NIGHT CHRISTMAS PARTY  DECEMBER 18, 7:30pm  Help celebrate the year ending.  Bring a plate to join in a feast combined with a trivia quizz night. Swap and learn some new recipes and enjoy the delicious food. 

Lakeview Room, Narrabeen Tramshed Arts and Community Centre, 1395 Pittwater Rd. Narrabeen.     Contact:

NATIVE BEE ART COMPETITION JUDGING  Our native bee Primary School Art Competition is drawing to a close on December 5. Our judging panel will meet on December 9th to select the two schools which will each win a native bee hive.  The judging panel is comprised of:

  • Clair Jackson - Aboriginal Artist and Elder
  • Councillor Vanessa Moskall - Warringah Councillor
  • Aaron Hudson - CEO Kimbriki
  • Kiri Combes - early childhood educator and PNB Committee member

Also check out our new native bee fact sheet on our website. 


PNB 2015 COMMITTEE ELECTIONS  All of the permaculture events, education forums and workshops cannot happen without the behind the scenes work of the PNB Committee.  Our 2015 Committee election will be held on December 18th. Nominations need to be with the returning officer Cathy Natoli by December 11th. Anyone who is a member of Permaculture Sydney North and is over 18 years can apply. To date we have received nominations from both new and existing committee members.  Thank you to all.

Interested in helping out through creative communications? We are still looking for a publicity officer in 2015.  This role helps get our message out through the media, publications, local radio etc. It can be a creative role to help spread the word an networking.

We are also looking for either an individual or two or more people to look after the teas/coffees/snacks at our monthly education nights at Narrabeen Tramshed on the fourth Thursday of the month. Help make the meetings more enjoyable!

If you would like to contribute either by being on the committee or by being  helper for one of the roles on the committee please contact or



Wanting to know more about permaculture?  This course covers the key ethics and principles of permaculture and outlines basic design techniques such as zoning, site analysis, and climatic factors. You will leave looking at your house, garden, and landscape in a different way. The learning style is collaborative and participatory.

Cost $290 members, $335 non-members, pensioner and student discounts available.9:30am to 4:30 pm both days.

Venue:  Kimbriki Eco House and Garden, Kimbriki Rd (off Mona Vale Rd), Terrey Hills.  Bookings are essential contact:

For those of you who want a farm stay experience PNB are also working in collaboration to run the same course at Jamberoo Valley Farm in Illawarra on March 21-22, 2015. JVF is a biological farm around two hours drive south of Sydney. Bookings|

These courses will give you the tools to enable you to live a more simple, healthy and sustainable life. Be inspired!


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