Remember that rundown old house on Ferry Road that used to have magnificent permaculture gardens, chook pens, compost heaps, herbs for sale and gardening workshops? Well developers also thought it was pretty special and Gold Coast Permaculture moved to Carrara behind the Carrara markets as a result. And now they’re on the move again. As the Carrara site is being redeveloped for the biggest night market in Australia – The Fareground – Permaculture Gold Coast needs to find a new home in May.
Gold Coast Permaculture was started by Justin Sharman-Selvidge in 2007 and was recently renamed Abilities Plus Permaculture with Jen Stuart leading andLyn Mansfield organising workshops. Abilities Plus employs around 25 people with varying disabilities to work at their site while running a Cert II in Horticulture through Ashmore TAFE. They also sell herbs and compost, and supply the restaurants at QT Hotel with herbs.
It’s not just people with disabilities who can work on site. University students, travellers from overseas and other members of the community volunteer their time in exchange for learning about permaculture. You can get more information, or join the volunteer team via abilitiespluspermaculture.com.