innovative collaborations, cause for celebrations

We would like to thank the wonderful passionate, creative and innovative community we have worked with in 2014. We have made many new friends and colleagues, entered new industry sectors, commenced new projects and ended others.

Our work is broad covering design of the built environment, sustainability strategies, frameworks & assessments, research and radio talkback. At the end of the day we are driven by the passion for regional economies, food production, ecological systems, equality, health and wellbeing.

IE Christmas Message 2014

Innate Ecology will be enjoying a break with family and friends from the 19th December through to the 8th January 2015.

Feeding our Regions: Geelong Food Hub

How often do you consider where and how the food you are eating has been grown or who the growers are you are supporting with your purchase? Whether you are keen on tracking you food from ‘Farm to Fork or ‘Produce to Platter’, eating healthy and nutritious  local food supports economic growth, reduces food miles, minimises food waste and enables a higher return to local farmers.


The Geelong Food Hub Feasibility Study is currently underway and seeks to develop our regional understanding of current food production, distribution, processing and retail, as well as regional barriers and opportunities to local food production, distribution and farm viability.  The link to “Geelong Food Hub Feasibility Study” survey is and closes December 14th.

The Geelong Food Hub Feasibility Study will identify key functions for a Geelong based food hub to assist with improving the distribution of regional nutritious food direct to local wholesale and consumer markets within the region, as well as support regional growers, inform future regional services and support food policy initiatives. The feasibility study is led by Deakin University with Future Proofing Geelong and Enterprise Geelong, City of Greater Geelong and consultant Innate Ecology.

A series of workshops will identify current local food production and practices, and explore how growers sell produce locally across premium grade and what is colloquially know as ‘natures grade’ produce. A stakeholder panel of regional industry personnel informs the  feasibility study and includes representatives from G21 Agribusiness Forum, Future Proofing Geelong, Golden Plains Shire, Geelong Food Co-Products Cluster, Closed Loop, Committee for Geelong and the Food Purveyor.

The study is funded by Regional Development Victoria, Deakin University and the City of Greater Geelong, including Enterprise Geelong, Future Proofing Geelong and Planning Strategy. The Geelong Food Hub Feasibility Study will be published early 2015.

What Melbourne can learn from nature!

BiomimicrySwarm Australia is hosting a multi-disciplinary panel discussion on ‘How can Melbourne learn from nature’ to create a sustainably regenerative and generous city. This event is part of Melbourne Knowledge Week and Melbourne Architecture Annual, in  partnership with the Victorian Chapter of the Australian Institute of Architects and DesignInc.


Jane Toner, Biomimicry Specialist and founder of BiomimicrySwarm Australia will chair the multi-faceted panel of:
Suzette Jackson, Director of Innate Ecology
Leigh Baker, Director of Balance 3
Stephen Webb, Design Director at DesignInc
Jeff Robinson, Global Sustainability Leader at Aurecon
Ian Shears, Manager of Urban Landscapes at the City of Melbourne
Ed Cotter, Head of BioRegional Australia

Date: Wednesday 29th October, 2014
Time: 6 – 8pm
Place: Deakin Edge, Federation Square

There will be refreshments and networking after the panel discussion for the conversation to continue.

To book:

This event also goes under the banner of Raising the Green Bar, an ongoing series of activities to raise awareness of sustainability, organised by the Sustainable Architects Forum and sponsored by Bank MECU.