Pip Permie Awards 2021 Winners

Each year, Pip Media recognises the individuals and organisations who are digging deep to create important and positive change. Meet the 2021 winners!

As Australia’s leading permaculture title, each year Pip recognises and rewards individuals and organisations who are creating important and positive change by demonstrating permaculture’s three key ethics of earth care, people care and fair share. 

We’d like to thank everyone who participated in this year’s nominations. We received scores of entries and it’s been so wonderful to read through the submissions and learn about the good things that so many of you are doing for your community and your planet. 

Reviewing the nominations led to some long and robust conversations! 

After careful review, we are delighted to announce the people and organisations who best represent permaculture’s three key ethics of earth care, people care and fair share. 

Congratulations to this year’s winners! 

 Project of the Year: 10 X 10 Cobargo

After devastating destruction in the small NSW town of Cobargo during last year’s Black Summer bushfires, a project has grown from the ashes in a bid to help rebuild the community. 

Dubbed 10 x 10 Cobargo, it’s a collaboration between the Cobargo Community Garden and supportive community groups and will see 10 fire-affected households provided the materials, knowledge and support to build and maintain a 10 square-metre  vegetable garden. 

Held over 10 weeks, organisers also hope the project will make the Cobargo community more resilient through the food-growing skills, but also help to rebuild important community connections. 

Business of the Year: The Social Outfit

A fashion label based in Newtown in Sydney, The Social Outfit is a not-for-profit enterprise providing support, training and employment to refugees and new migrants. 

Celebrating their creativity, refugees and migrants are educated in all aspects of the business, from design and clothing production through to marketing and retail. The garments and accessories are created using fabric donations from Australia’s manufacturing sector. 

More recently, The Social Outfit has campaigned the federal government to increase the humanitarian quota of Afghan refugees, pledging it will facilitate support, training and employment for new migrants. 

Permie of the Year: Mandy Milburn

Dedicated to building resilience and food security through respectful community connections, Mandy Milburn is creating important and positive change. 

As the chair of Kununurra Community Garden, Mandy engages with school and community groups and uses permaculture to foster a strong sense of belonging and illustrate the importance of sustainable practices. She encourages respect among a diversity of cultures and supplies a weekly meal for the community to share together. 

She has recently received funding to recycle fridges into garden beds which are donated to empower community members to have less reliance on supply chains. 

Each of Pip’s Permie Awards winners will be featured in an upcoming issue of Pip Magazine so that you can learn more about the fabulous work that they’re doing. 

If you’d like to join in spreading the word about the inspiring stories of our award winners, head to our Instagram and Facebook page to share the winners’ posts. 

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