Recharge Kuranda

FNQ's Community Transition Centre and Meltingpot for Transitional ideas and Actions




the 3 Ethics in Permaculture


  1. Care of the earth means that our number one priority is taking care of the earth, making sure we don't damage its natural systems.

 2. Care of the people means meeting people's needs so that people's lives can be sustained and have a good quality of life as well but without damaging the earth.

3. Accepting limits to population and consumption is realizing that as a human species we cannot continue to increase and also sustain the planet. We must put limits on our own growth and on our own consumption. Sometimes you will hear this ethic phrased as "share the surplus, invest all of your means in the first two ethics". This means limiting your consumption so that you can invest your resources in caring for the earth and caring for the people. 

the 12 Principles of Permaculture

   Observe and Interact – “Beauty is in the mind of the beholder”
  1. By taking the time to engage with nature we can design solutions that suit our particular situation.
  2. Catch and Store Energy – “Make hay while the sun shines”
    By developing systems that collect resources when they are abundant, we can use them in times of need.
  3. Obtain a yield – “You can’t work on an empty stomach”
    Ensure that you are getting truly useful rewards as part of the working you are doing.
  4. Apply Self Regulation and Accept Feedback – “The sins of the fathers are visited on the children of the seventh generation”
    We need to discourage inappropriate activity to ensure that systems can continue to function well. Negative feedback is often slow to emerge.
  5. Use and Value Renewable Resources and Services – “Let nature take its course”
    Make the best use of nature’s abundance to reduce our consumptive behavior and dependence on non-renewable resources.
  6. Produce No Waste – “Waste not, want not” or “A stitch in time saves nine”
    By valuing and making use of all the resources that are available to us, nothing goes to waste.
  7. Design From Patterns to Details – “Can’t see the forest for the trees”
    By stepping back, we can observe patterns in nature and society. These can form the backbone of our designs, with the details filled in as we go.
  8. Integrate Rather Than Segregate – “Many hands make light work”
    By putting the right things in the right place, relationships develop between those things and they work together to support each other.
  9. Use Small and Slow Solutions – “Slow and steady wins the race” or “The bigger they are, the harder they fall”
    Small and slow systems are easier to maintain than big ones, making better use of local resources and produce more sustainable outcomes.
  10. Use and Value Diversity – “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket”
    Diversity reduces vulnerability to a variety of threats and takes advantage of the unique nature of the environment in which it resides.
  11. Use Edges and Value the Marginal – “Don’t think you are on the right track just because it’s a well-beaten path”
    The interface between things is where the most interesting events take place. These are often the most valuable, diverse and productive elements in the system.
  12. Creatively Use and Respond to Change – “Vision is not seeing things as they are but as they will be”
    We can have a positive impact on inevitable change by carefully observing and then intervening at the right time.

Permaculture Established! June 2012

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Permaculture Kuranda concieved

A substantial amount of energy is undertaken by some of the Kuranda area residents that are members with permaculture Cairns and so a dream has started to start an auspiced group up in Rainforest as to expand permaculture in the region.
have a read it was all pretty professional and official :)

To Permaculture Cairns From Re-Charge Kuranda

Proposal 1 to Permaculture Cairns from Recharge Kuranda Community Transition Centre (Recharge Kuranda)

Recharge Kuranda asks if PC would consider the following:

That Permaculture Cairns would auspice the Recharge Kuranda Permaculture group called: Permaculture Kuranda (PK) This would entail; 

 PC forming a new sub committee to be called the Permaculture Kuranda Committee.

  This group would come under the Not for Profit organizational structure of Permaculture Cairns, thereby coming under the umbrella of their insurance, legal entity, treasurer and audit processes.

  That all activities by PK would be approved by PC

  All new members to permaculture Kuranda would pay their membership fees to Permaculture Cairns until Permaculture Kuranda;

  Has sufficient members to fund their own registration as a Not for Profit organization

  Has enough members and energy to take on the required positions.

  That any monies or grant funding would go to PC to be dispersed to PK and that PK would acquit all grants promptly and give PC 10% for permaculture activity funding in payment for the auspicing and use of the PC structure.


Recharge Kuranda as a Community Transition Hub is aiming to structurally expand and consolidate the Permaculture movement and activity for the Kuranda Region by building on the strength PC previous work and activities and thus expanding the activities of Permaculture in the wider community, with the first objective to affect districts such as: Kuranda Town, Speewah, Koah, Myola and Mona Mona.

The Permaculture Kuranda Sub-committee would act under several banners;

Permaculture Kuranda

Recharge Kuranda

Transition Kuranda

This is to ensure we gather to the hub all the possible community members who are interested in sustainability issues.

Transition Kuranda

As the nature of Permaculture Groups is to empower active creators of sustainability and self reliance and community resilience, they are the hands of the Transition Movement.

Recharge Kuranda

Recharge Kuranda has evolved into a Community Transition Centre which deeply relies on the skills and knowledge of Permaculture and already applies many of the principles that Permaculture promotes.

Growth Without Division

To set up a Permaculture Kuranda group outside of the Permaculture Cairns Group could split the energy of Permaculture Cairns. In the development of sub-committees as proposed, the positions of President, Secretary and Treasurer do not need to be replicated.

As a sub committee the Permaculture Kuranda Committee can create doable actions that can be supported by Permaculture practitioners and lead to Permaculture action in the tablelands’community. We are hoping to inspire and reach out to the “Silent Permaculturists living in the forest” and bring them into a new, meaningful and proactive engagement with the PK Group, so that more permaculture activity can be realised in the wider community and thus more Transition work can take place.

We ask that PcC accept this proposal and support the emerging group in Kuranda. We also request some seed funding and/or help with grant writing to acquire equipment of our own so that the two groups can function fully at the same time without the need to share equipment.

Once Permaculture Kuranda becomes independent the seed funding will be returned to permaculture Cairns and/or used to start another group south of Cairns and another on the Tablelands ( following the Fibonacci pattern of natural growth).


Permaculture Starting up - Finally in May 2012

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