- Garden Ambassador — Costa Georgiadis
- Permaculture Ambassador — Hannah Moloney
- Sustainability Ambassador — John McBain.
- President — Naomi Lacey
- Vice-president — Lorna Martin
- Secretary — Josh Barnes
- Treasurer — Oscar Danvers
- Ordinary member — Karen Gardham
- Ordinary member — Jane Mowbray
- Ordinary member — Chris Smyth
CGA state representatives
Need help? Let us know how we can assist by contacting your state representative:
- NSW: email Emma Daniell
- NT (interim): email Josh Barnes
- QLD: email Gavin Hardy (view Gavin’s website profile)
- SA: email Christy Spier
- TAS: email Jo Dean
- VIC: email Lorna Martin & Oscar Danvers (view Lorna’s website profile)
- WA: email Chris Smyth (view Lorna’s website profile).
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- Russ Grayson — website stories and editorial support
- Moushumi Dewan — website support
- Digital Pacific — website hosting support
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Find out more about our Committee members…
…who volunteer their time to grow community gardening around Australia
President — Naomi Lacey
Naomi is a permaculturalist who is passionate about promoting healthy food systems, sustainable lifestyles and cultivating community. She helped to establish the first community garden in the satellite city of Palmerston near Darwin and from there became involved with Community Gardens Australia (CGA) in 2015 then taking on the role of President in 2019.
Naomi believes that community gardens have a pivotal role to play in ensuring better health outcomes for Australians, building community, addressing the climate crisis, reducing waste and educating people.
Awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 2019 to learn from community garden networks around the world, Naomi’s vision for CGA is to build the organisation into one that supports the growth and needs of community gardens around Australia, providing them with education, support, resources and sustenance to continue their work and therefore their positive impact on the communities they reside in.
You can contact her at: email@example.com
Vice-president — Lorna Martin
Why I love Community Gardening…
Is it the people you meet, the healthy fresh organic food you grow, the fresh air & exercise, the educational programs to teach others, the fun events and tours, or the delicious meal shared with members of other community gardens? It is all of these. It is also knowing that time spent growing our own food in a community space enables the sharing of knowledge through workshops & events, the exchange of excess produce through food swaps, and socialising with like-minded people of all ages and abilities. We all benefit physically, mentally, and socially.
Connect with her at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary — Josh Barnes
As Secretary, Josh is the receiving officer for all official communications.
He is a passionate about community building through gardens and believe in the power of the collective formed through our national network.
He lives in Darwin and is a member of the Mulch Pit permaculture community garden. By day he works in universities on equity access programs.
You can reach him at: email@example.com
Treasurer — Oscar Danvers
Oscar has a Bachelor Degree in Sustainable Community Development focusing on urban agriculture and community gardens, as well as 20 years’ experience growing home veggie gardens. Oscar works for Australian Ecosystems and Biofilta who are industry leaders in the Australian urban agriculture industry.
He is also the owner of Urban Food Revolution, a company that provides clients with urban agriculture solutions. Oscar has also worked with a number of community gardens on various projects, and he is currently studying for a Master’s Degree in Sustainable Agriculture focusing on urban agriculture.
Passion for urban agriculture is an understatement: I am obsessed.
You can connect with Oscar at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Karen is a passionate climate change campaigner motivated to create change for good. She has a background in environmental policy making, project management, community organising and campaigning across different sectors. She has also mentored young people and helped run an award winning social enterprise.
Karen was on the senior management team of the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens — the peak body for the community gardening movement in the UK, and now known as Social Farms and Gardens — where she managed a team of community workers supporting the community food growing sector across England. She is committed to the role of community gardening in building connections and bringing us closer to nature and each other, and the role of Community Gardens Australia in facilitating this.
You can connect with Karen at: email@example.com
Jane Mowbray has been a community gardener and seed saver for a couple of decades. She joined her local community garden in Sydney hoping to find or recruit more seed savers but instead she became a dedicated community gardener. Jane believes there is nothing that provides a better sense of belonging to a community and to the wonders of the natural world than being part of a community garden.
You can connect with Jane at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Chris helped set up Murdoch Community Garden in 2013. He manages the administration side of the community garden’s activities, helps out with garden maintenance, and makes preserves and other foodstuffs from the garden produce.
You can reach him on: email@example.com