Pip Permie awards and Pip Project awards 2018

We had a wonderful response to our Pip Permie awards for individuals and projects to celebrate dedicated people making change in the world with permaculture.

Here is the list of nominees, finalists and our winners. Full profiles on our winners and finalists will be in the Pip issue 11, coming out mid June 2018.

Congratulations to all those nominated, they are all deserving.

2018 Pip Permie Of The Year Award


Callum Champagne –Wollongong NSW.

John Champagne – Brogo NSW.

Che Hall – Watsonia Victoria

Kat Lavers – Melbourne Victoria

Tom Speldewinde  – Perth

Kate Venning – Mallee, Pinnaroo SA

Kelly Ryder – Bourke NSW.

Peter Axisa – Killabakh NSW

Tania Brookes – Devonport, Tasmania

Oscar Woods – Melbourne Victoria

Phil Shanny – Acton Park, Southern Tasmania

Karen Lenehan – Wagga, NSW

Remus Avramides – Roseville, Sydney


Stuart Muir Wilson – Melbourne VIC

Stuart Muir Wilson grew up working on his grandfather, Bill Mollison’s, farm. Stuart completed a Master of Architecture degree with his Honours focused on a permaculture-based project centred around social housing, urban food production, growing biofuels and creating meaningful livelihoods. He has taught and worked extensively with permaculture projects overseas.  

He runs the Seedwell program in Melbourne, which is one of three social and environmental justice programs covering an intro to permaculture, mushroom growing, tiny homes and garden to kitchen programs. He works with volunteers and the most vulnerable in our society to form resilient permaculture communities based on environmental stewardship.

Lis Bastion – Blue Mountains NSW

Lis co-founded the Blue Mountains Permaculture Institute with Rowe Morrow and teaches Introductions to Permaculture, PDCs and permaculture teacher training courses. She’s also developed her own permaculture property with a cold climate food forest in Blackheath and established and coordinates Blackheath Community Farm.

She’s also the founder of The Big Fix Inc. which is a non-profit arts, community and media development service working cross-sector to build social, economic and environmental resilience according to permaculture ethics and principles in the Blue Mountains, NSW.

Michele Franzinelli – Perth WA

In a suburban Perth backyard Michelle’s garden has an estimated 200 food-producing trees, 168 seasonal vegies, 144 herbs and edible native plants, and 23 vines. Michelle regularly welcomes PDC and Transition Town participants, gardening groups and visitors and runs a thriving Facebook group where participants share their knowledge and tips for growing and preparing food. An incredible example of good permaculture design.

Lisa Ferris – Bunbury WA

Lisa has been the volunteer coordinator for the last five years of Thommo’s Community Garden in Bunbury. The garden is not for profit and Lisa coordinates the planting and harvesting of the produce grown for Foodbank in Bunbury—delivering an amazing amount of seasonal organic produce each week. She’s also the founder and active member of the Dardanup Edible Gardening Group. Lisa’s passion is empowering others, aiming to build people’s confidence in living and gardening sustainably.


Aaron Sorenson – Wollongong NSW

Aaron Sorensen is our Pip Permie Of The Year for 2018.

Aaron’s dedication to permaculture has made a huge impact in the 18 schools he is involved with and the students he has taught in the Wollongong area.  

Aaron works with children, teenagers and adults, teaching them how to practically implement permaculture into their lives and gardens. He has helped Five Islands Secondary College develop the curriculum for permaculture to be offered as a HSC subject with practical activities in their Living Classroom, which is also a Permaculture Demonstration Site.

Aaron’s also very involved with the community gardens which is a fantastic permaculture demonstration site on the Wollongong PCYC grounds.

Pip project of the year


Fair Harvest WA

Food is Free Inc VIC

Yarra Valley Ecoss

Skyfall Farms Pasturised Eggs VIC

Seedwell VIC


Green Connect – Wollongong NSW


Read the full interview with Aaron and all the other winners in Issue 12 of Pip Magazine.

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