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Centralisation and our fossil fuel future

Zaia

Zaia grew up in a family of musicians in Holland, and has a background in top sport (snow skiing) and web development and design. She co-founded the PRI Luganville and PRI Sunshine Coast Inc (now PermEco Inc.) with Tom, and runs the “invisible structures”, like finances, business administration, website design and maintenance, writes articles, records and edits videos and also organises the cooking and the kitchen on site. She assists Tom in running the Kendall Permaculture Farm and supervising other volunteers. She also specialises in consulting and advice for smaller scale properties (up to 5 acres). She has researched and studied nutrition and health for 20+ years, has a certificate in Nutrition and continues to study by research, reading and daily observation. She is an active member of several musical projects and bands, involved in community music and runs percussion and marimba workshops, is the percussion leader for the Woodford Folk Festival People’s Orchestra and composes as well as plays music. She is passionate about community music and loves seeing people discover that they can play!

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6 Responses

  1. Helen says:

    Incredible that you had to go to Sydney to get your passport renewed. Why couldn’t you do it by post? Presumably, that’s what you’d do in Holland – it’s certainly what I do in Britain.

    Anyway, the vagarities of bureaucracy aside, centralisation is dehumanising one way or another as well.

    Our village shop was taken over by a national company and the quality of everything just isn’t the same. It used to sell local food and unpackaged goods. Not so anymore 🙁

    • Zaia says:

      No, they do fingerprinting, so it has to be in person…
      I agree, the fading away of the local shops definitely is a huge issue, keep supporting your local businesses, farmers and anyone in the local community, and boycott the large multinationals that offer cheaper goods. The cost of these goods come in somewhere, usually by abusing people and/or environment. I hope you still have local alternatives in your village Helen, we are blessed that our local businesses are supported here, we hope they will stick around!

      • Helen says:

        Oh yes, I see (re finger prints – that hasn’t come in here, possibly because of the logistics rather than concerns about the environment).

        Unfortunately, the village doesn’t have a local food shop, though just outside of it there is an organic farm, where I buy a large part of our provisions.

        On the other hand, we do have an independent bike store (sales and repairs), so something is going right!

  2. Paul says:

    Hi Zaia,
    I love this post. I couldn’t agree with you more.
    Are biogas biodigesters sold in Queensland? I’ve been reading about yours but would love to know more.

  3. Zaia says:

    Hi Paul,
    Thanks for your comment!
    At this stage I don’t think biogas biodigesters are sold in Australia. I know there is an American startup company that have just released a model, I do not know whether they plan to export it to Australia. If you are interested in making one yourself, plans are readily available on the internet. Best of luck!

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