Who is this couple who make up Ecoburbia?

Where did they come from?


Shani  Graham was born in Jamaica to Australian parents, but lived most of her early life in Canada.Her family had a type of urban homestead, where they grew most of their own food, and raised rabbits chickens and goats  for meat eggs and milk.

Shani always wanted to be a teacher of children with disabilities and spent the first part of her career working as a Education Support teacher, Visiting Consultant and Principal. Shani's last positions with the Education Department were Principal of Fremantle Primary school and the teacher of a support program for graduate teachers.

Tim Darby has degrees in Fine Arts and Recreation.  He loves working as a stone mason and wrought iron sculptor, and is the brains behind the design of all the projects Shani and Tim  have undertaken together. His latest creative outlet is sandsculpture. You can check out his work at www.sandsculpturewa.com

2005 was a pivotal year for Shani and Tim, with Tim becoming increasingly physically incapacitated after years of hard labour and Shani becoming stressed after 20 years as a public servant. While having some time off they became increasing concerned about climate change, peak oil and other environmental issues.

This led to a "sea change"  in 2006, when they established The Painted Fish, a business providing a sustainable bed and breakfast type accommodation in South Fremantle.

After completing a sustainable retrofit on a small cottage in the same street called (Shimtani), and recently starting another major home and garden project in Beaconsfield - Ecoburbia, Shani and Tim have the "runs of the board" when it comes to creating sustainable housing, gardens and community.

And as far as community goes, nothing tells the story better than this  TEDxPerth talk Shani gave in 2013.


Shani and Tim's newest business Ecoburbia has a goal of creating more sustainable, connected and resilient communities.

They do this by providing exciting and motivating educational programs based on sound behaviour change theory.

Ecoburbia, as an urban community and microfarm, is a living demonstration of Ecoburbia's intention that we share with others.

You can find out more by going to Ecoburbia Our Newest Project.

Ecoburbia shares this journey mostly through the Ecoburbia facebook page.

We look forward to hearing from you - whether at one of our courses, via email or when you comment on facebook!