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Sue Taylor - Chair
Sue has had a heart for simple living and a sense of wonder and responsibility for the natural environment since childhood. She has fond memories of meticulous weeding of the family vegetable allotment in the student apartment complex in Illinois in the 1970's in a time of relative poverty and petrol shortages. She cycled to primary school, high school, university and continues to use pedal power to get to work and most social engagements. Cycling and gardening are still two of the greatest sources of joy, and she was part of a small, enthusiastic group of local volunteers who established the West Leederville Community Garden in 2007. She has been serving as a lay pastoral assistant at St Barnabas in West Leederville since 1992, and established the St Barnabas Community Choir as a vehicle for community engagement and low-carbon entertainment in 2012. Our individualist, impatient society seeks fulfilment from devices and destinations. We would do well to intentionally seek our solace from relationships and the journey.
Gerard Siero has 46 years’ industry experience, on projects ranging from ecological planning to public buildings, schools and housing, emphasising ecological design for sustainability, economy, life and delight, in thoughtful architectures integrated with landscape. His practice has been based in Perth since 1985. Now a doctoral scholar at UWA/AUDRC, Gerard is studying how we can (re) make our cities, in our changing climate, through the application of the philosophy of Deep Ecology in Urbanism from an ethical, spiritual, ecological and practical perspective. In studying the ecological and social crises we now face: climate change, habitat and biodiversity losses, gross social and economic inequities, rather than disaster, Gerard sees ours as a time of creative opportunity for reconnection, relationship, equity, justice and wholeness … for transforming our societies, technologies, built environments and economies into life-giving systems in synergistic relationship with the Earth, our ecosystems, and each other!
Jonathan is an electronic engineer and a management consultant. He has been an Anglican all his life and his keen interest in ecological matters has been lifelong. Jonathan’s mother was an avid nature lover and he was in the scouting organisation for many years with regular activities into nature.
As an engineer, Jonathan is vitally interested in how we can minimise our impact on the planet.