QUniversity has awarded an Honorary Doctorate to the co-originator of the permaculture concept, David Holmgren, during the launch of the Graduate Diploma in Permaculture Design.
The event at The Joinery in Adelaide, on 19 April, echoed the launch of the Graduate Certificate program (by South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill) which took place early last year and included the award of an Honorary Doctorate from CQUniversity to the late permaculture co-originator Bill Mollison, accepted on his behalf by Geoff Lawton.
This year’s event featured a speech by State MP for Ashford Stephanie Key and also introduced a new David Holmgren book titled RetroSuburbia.
Published by Melliodora, RetroSuburbia highlights changes to our residential landscapes to make them ‘fit for purpose’ before the world slides into energy descent.
As author David Holmgren remarks that “the incremental and ongoing retrofit of the built, biological and behavioural domains of the household is recognised by many as the best bet to weather the storms of uncertain times and contribute to a better future for the next generations”.
The recent event in Adelaide also enabled a showcase of the first year of the Graduate Certificate in Permaculture Design. It featured presentation of ‘capstone projects’ which have enabled Graduate Certificate students to apply what they have learned to a specific idea.
Projects presented by the CQUniversity students ranged from conventional permaculture designs for food production through to the application of permaculture ethics and principles to projects in existing disciplines like the ‘perma-psychology’ project, and permaculture education projects.
The projects also included development of proposals for new start-up businesses like ‘Companion Planting’ (a sustainable/regenerative pet memorial service involving pet burial via container gardening) and The Food Print Experience (a food van that sells delicious permaculture food while also providing educational permaculture workshops).
Bushfire has been a recurring theme in my work over nearly four decades and a central concern for anyone involved in permaculture design, teaching and practice in rural Australia, especially the south east of the continent, which has the dubious title of being the most bushfire prone region in the world.