About Paula

Springwood Gardens-47Paula has a background in journalism. In earlier years she held employment with the national broadcaster SBS and  contributed to the Indigenous newspaper, The Koori Mail.  She lives with her family in what she calls her “little farm” in Australia’s Blue Mountains. Her place has been developed using permaculture thinking and the family now enjoys a substantial amount of home grown food.

Paula has a BA degree in languages from the UNSW, is an accredited interpreter-translator, author of the  books for children: Why this farm!, The cleverest cinderella ever, La gran escapada., and is a contributor to the Spanish publication Ecohabitar.

Carob trees and vegetables at the front of my home constitute a productive and fire protective garden

Paula asserts that our Australian suburbs are an ideal setting for addressing climate change, by retrofitting for energy descent and localising our food supply closer to home.

Gardens should evoke fertility, life, and wellbeing.  Australian gardens should be fire protective, and edible.  They can be both ornamental, and productive. When the flowers in my garden turn into fruit it doesn’t stop there.  It is fruit that can be the cause of a conversation over the fence, fruit that gets given or exchanged, -and the beginning of a community that is sustainable and safe.


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