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2021/22 team

2021/22 team


CGA Committee

CGA State Coordinators

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CGA Regional Representatives

You can also contact your Regional Representative if you need local help:

CGA volunteer support


  • Fiona Campbell: website administration
  • Paul Hammond: website administration
  • Russ Grayson: website stories and editorial support
  • Moushumi Dewan: website map listing support
  • Niloofer Golvala: website map listing support
  • Digital Pacific: website hosting support

Graphic design:

Find out more about our Committee members…

…who volunteer their time to grow community gardening around Australia

President — Naomi Lacey

Naomi is a permaculturalist who is passionate about promoting healthy food systems, sustainable lifestyles, and cultivating community. She helped to establish the first community garden in the satellite city of Palmerston near Darwin and from there became involved with Community Gardens Australia (CGA) in 2015 then taking on the role of President in 2019.

Naomi believes that community gardens have a pivotal role to play in ensuring better health outcomes for Australians, building community, addressing the climate crisis, reducing waste, and educating people.

Awarded a Churchill Fellowship in 2019 to learn from community garden networks around the world, Naomi’s vision for CGA is to build the organisation into one that supports the growth and needs of community gardens around Australia, providing them with education, support, resources, and sustenance to continue their work and therefore their positive impact on the communities they reside in.

You can contact Naomi at:

Vice-president — Karen Gardham

Karen is a passionate climate change campaigner motivated to create change for good. She has a background in environmental policy making, project management, community organising and campaigning across different sectors. She has also mentored young people and helped run an award winning social enterprise.

Karen was on the senior management team of the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens — the peak body for the community gardening movement in the UK, and now known as Social Farms and Gardens — where she managed a team of community workers supporting the community food growing sector across England. She is committed to the role of community gardening in building connections and bringing us closer to nature and each other, and the role of Community Gardens Australia in facilitating this.

You can connect with Karen at:

Secretary — Jill Osborn

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As Secretary, Jill receives the official communications for Community Gardens Australia.

She is passionate about how community gardens bring people together to socialise, educate and grow food. She enjoys how each season brings different produce and loves to find new recipes to use vegetables that are in season. 

She lives in Melbourne and also works as an in-house lawyer at a specialist fibre and network solutions provider. 

You can contact Jill at:

Treasurer — to be announced soon

Details to come soon

You can contact our treasurer at:

Ordinary members

Josh Barnes

Josh is passionate about community building through gardens and believes in the power of the collective formed through our national network.

He lives in Darwin and is a member of the Mulch Pit permaculture community garden. By day he works in universities on equity access programs. 

You can contact Josh at:

Jane Mowbray — membership

Jane Mowbray has been a community gardener and seed saver for a couple of decades. She joined her local community garden in Sydney hoping to find or recruit more seed savers but instead, she became a dedicated community gardener. Jane believes there is nothing that provides a better sense of belonging to a community and to the wonders of the natural world than being part of a community garden. 

You can contact Jane at:

Chris Smyth — State Liaison

Chris helped set up Murdoch Community Garden in 2013. He manages the administration side of the community garden’s activities, helps out with garden maintenance, and makes preserves and other foodstuffs from the garden produce.

You can contact Chris at:

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