Introducing Shani Graham and Tim Darby from Ecoburbia
Shani and Tim have become two of Perth’s most well-known “Sustainability Gurus”, partly due to the hands on and community focussed nature of the work they do. As well as winning a Fremantle Chamber of Commerce award in 2011, and a West Australian Environmental award the same year, in 2012 Ecoburbia was honoured to win the Australia wide Banksia award for excellence in small business.
After becoming increasing concerned about climate change, peak oil and other environmental issues, Tim and Shani undertook a bit of a ‘sea change’ in 2005, establishing The Painted Fish , a business providing a sustainable bed and breakfast type accommodation in South Fremantle.
Their new business Ecoburbia offers various educational opportunities for others interested in creating a more sustainable livestyle. Their talks, workshop and courses always incorporate sound adult learning principles, with lots of time for interaction, hand on activities, and a bit of fun and laughter! Rather than focussing on the pressing difficult issues we face, Ecoburbia prides itself on focussing on what individuals can actually do; leaving participants with hope – motivated and encouraged to make changes in their own lives.
The work Ecoburbia does includes running movie and discussion nights, presenting the award winning Living Smart course, giving talks to groups of individuals from school teachers to corporate businesses, and running various hands-on workshops. Tours of their home, business and street have proved especially popular with universities, school groups and as a very different staff development opportunity.
Ecoburbia is happy to tailor a program to meet your needs, and we encourage you to get in touch with us to discuss what might suit your group.