Otways & Coast Permaculture Group (OCPG) was formerly Apollo Bay & Districts Permaculture Group, started in 2004. The Otways & Coast bioregion roughly follows the boundaries of the traditional owners of the land, the Gadabanud and Gulijan people. The Katabanud country stretches east from the Gellibrand river at Princetown along the coast to Panicalac creek then inland to Birregurra and follows the Barwon river back to Barramunga and then over the ridge to the upper Gellibrand river and back down to Princetown.(*) Energy expenditure and usage, as well as flora & fauna habitat, also play a part in defining a bioregion. In a permaculture sense, as bioregions are life regions, people and human culture are a very important part of defining a bioregion. As Bill Mollison writes in ch.14.5 of Permaculture: A Designers Manual, “The acid test of a bioregion is that it is recognised as such by its inhabitants”.

OCPG meets on a monthly basis, usually the first Monday of each month. Activities are varied and often spring from these monthly meetings. (*) Thanks to John Clarke for the information on Gatabunud and tribal boundaries.

OCPG is under the umbrella of Permaculture Melbourne Inc. It is also part of Southwest Victoria Community Garden and Permaculture Network, which is linked with Cultivating Community Inc. and Australian City Farms and Community Gardens Network.

Areas covered: Victoria’s Otways and south-west coast

Upcoming Events


Permaculture Design Course, Langwarrin

Langwarrin Community Centre, Langwarrin Victoria

02/05/2017 - 19/09/2017
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Cross Cultural Permaculture Design Course from Melbourne to Timor Leste

CERES Community Environment Park, Brunswick East

06/05/2017 - 02/06/2017
9:00 am

Outer Eastern Permaculture Swap @ Bayswater North

Glen Park Community Garden, Bayswater North Vic

10:00 am - 11:30 am

Outer Eastern Permaculture Swap @ Mooroolbark

Red Earth Community Park, Mooroolbark Vic

10:00 am - 11:30 am

Bee Group Monthly meeting

Phyllis Hore Room, Kew Library, Kew

6:45 pm - 9:45 pm