Kemp Killerby from Flora4Fauna, will be our speaker for the July meeting.PLEASE NOTE: We are reversing our usual plan and will have the speaker first this time. He will bring plants for sale and anyone may purchase them in the break.
Having grown up in and around Australia's number one (Internationally recognized) 'Biodiversity Hotspot', the love of nature came easily for Kemp Killerby, who conducted his first plant sale and eco tour at the tender age of 10 years. On both occasions, success in the field came naturally, as did the appreciation for the natural surroundings, growing up on a 120-acre Vineyard in the pristine Geographe Bay area of South-West Australia.
Kemp is a third-generation citizen conservationist and a second-generation Bushfood & Biodiversity Tour Operator. Named after his grand-father who during his years in charge of a Government portfolio, managed to save the picturesque and now critically endangered 'Tuart Forest' of the Ludlow region, approximately two and a half hours South of Perth, West Australia. Kemp's Grandfather then continued public life as a long serving Mayor of the historic town of Busselton, WA, culminating in being awarded the O.B.E (Order of the British Empire) by the Queen for his long-standing services to the community.
Ever-enthusiastic to learn more about sustainable food production and our place in the natural world, Kemp spent nearly a decade researching, learning about and practicing Permaculture in both Northern and Southern NSW, before studying Horticultural Management at the University of Sydney. It was at this time, when Kemp had an 'epiphany' that for human civilization(s) to (sustainably) feed themselves (and others), a radical change in their approach to food production and their attitudes towards the environment would be required.
During his tenure at the Department of Agriculture, Kemp was fortunate to meet and learn from an Indigenous Australian Elder, Dr. Noel Nannup, who expanded his knowledge and understanding of Native Australian Bushfood, local Indigenous Australian philosophy, culture and religion and how to read the signs in the landscape to find water, food and places of cultural significance, etc. This (ever-increasing) long-term interest in Native Australian Bushfoods, spurred Kemp to move to South-East Queensland, the country's second (Internationally recognized) biodiversity hotspot, where he currently resides in Brisbane, acclaimed as the most biodiverse capital city in Australia.
Kemp spends his time developing sustainable 'Bushfood & Biodiversity' Projects, holding regular Native Plant Sales, giving talks and workshops about using Native Australian Bushfoods to increase biodiversity, hosting Bushfood & Biodiversity Eco Tours in and around South-East Queensland and indulging in amateur wildlife and natural world photography.