Meet the FEC Directors
Kevin Turner – Chairperson
I am 69 years and have loved spending time building schools and homes in the Bellingen Area. I have also used to great success the Biodynamic methods on two small farms.
I am passionate about creating a Fairer, Sustainable, and more Participatory Society using the Economy as the means.
Gavin Tang – Secretary
I am 60 years old and live in the Upper Blue Mountains. I have been a carpenter for about 30 years (before that farming and teaching and a long list of other jobs), but my big interest has been in the realm of economics and social justice. For the past 25 years or so, I have been trying to work out, and implement, a socially just and sustainable economy from a grassroots project (i.e. without government support). The FEC approach is one such way. I may be considered the ‘architect’ of the FEC.
Mark Patton – Treasurer
I have consciously studied and participated in capitalism from many angles including studying commerce at Uni to managing private enterprise, to working in the education sector to local government youth worker. I’ve come to appreciate the necessity of collaboration and empowerment of the human spirit. The fractal economy model addresses some of the inequalities of the capitalistic system and is worthy of our participation.
Dr Gull Herzberg – Director
I have always seen the collective as a powerful force for good. Having lived on kibbutz for for seven years, I have hands on experience in intensive collaborative lifestyle. While this is not for everyone, there are important lessons from communal living that can be adapted to society at large. I have lived in Bellingen Shire since 1997, working as a doctor, for many years as a GP in Bellingen and currently Integrative and Cannabis Medicine in Coffs Harbour. My two sons were born in Bellingen Hospital, and I live in Kalang. In 2015 I instigated a drive to create a community entity to purchase the former Fosters Garage site in central Bellingen with a view to creating a community run business. While this didn’t get off the ground, there was much excitement and interest in the community. When I came across FEC, I recognised an idea, process, and people with similar perspectives to me: local economy, pooling and fair allocation of resources, direct democracy, unity through diversity, to name a few.
It has always seemed obvious to me that the uneven distribution of resources is one of the major hurdles on the road to a better world. There is more than enough to go around. The Fractal Economy Cooperative is one way to help make this happen. I am honoured to be involved.
Toni Wright-Turner – Director
I am 68 years old. I have worked in Steiner Education as a teacher and principal.
My current interest is in caring for Possum’s and Birds as a Wires carer.
I also have a deep interest in environmental protection and economic resilience.
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