Ausbale Committee

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Scott Goldie

Scott has been involved in strawbale building since 2006 and been involved in over 70 strawbale builds, along with other alternative builds. He discovered this form of building when he moved from the Blue Mountains in NSW (where he was a rural contractor) to South Australia. During this time he has worked closely with Lance Kairl from House of Bales as a project manager, working with owner builders and builders.

He enjoys the flexibility of strawbale and earth renders in the construction of homes and feature walls, creating a unique place for customers to call home with endless possibilities.

He was previous SA rep for Ausbale and now looking forward to a big year as President with the Victorian conference in 2018 . For any enquiries he can be contacted at or 0425 317 071.


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Michael Brady
Treasurer and NSW/ACT Representative

Michael Brady is a chartered professional environmental and civil engineer and an accredited building surveyor. Michael is inspired to fight mediocrity in residential engineering design. After spending 8 years in the Royal Australian Air Force as an Airfield Engineer Michael went on to establishing an engineering consultancy focused on providing engineering design for natural building materials. With this focus, Michael has helped his clients achieve visionary sustainable construction outcomes including many single and multi-storey straw and earth dwellings. Michael lives on a small farm in Delegate NSW with his wife and 3 children where he enjoys close proximity to world class fly-fishing waters.

Michael has recently been awarded Young Engineer of the Year 2017 in the Engineering Excellence Awards for the Canberra Division of Engineers Australia.


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Enga Lokey

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Enga Lokey

Enga came into the straw building world when she decided to sell a beautiful old weatherboard home and build a smaller, better designed and much more efficient one. At the time, she was studying Environmental Design and Building Science and living in the grainbelt of western Victoria, so the choice of building materials seemed clear.

Choosing a medium that is atypical and requires knowledge and skills that your ordinary architect, engineer, and builder do not possess adds a huge challenge to an already large undertaking. Having survived the process herself, Enga has now volunteered her time to Ausbale to help promote this more environmentally considerate building method and to help others get the info they need to smooth the bumpy road of building with straw.

Enga migrates to the US each winter to work as a river guide in the Grand Canyon.

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Kurt Piccardi
Co-Secretary & Qld Co -Representative

Kurt is a registered architect in Queensland and NSW with 20 years’ experience. He has designed buildings using strawbale, earth, adobe, earthbag & mudbrick and has spent the last 7 years owner-building his own strawbale house and office. He has designed over a dozen strawbale houses and has advised clients on their construction. Clients are predominantly owner-builders.

Kurt works from a strawbale office building on his property that incorporates Permaculture design principles as he also has a Permaculture Design Certificate. He has also redesigned over 100 timber buildings in the Brisbane area to allow clients to retain these houses for contemporary lifestyles.

Kurt is a firm believer in the integration of internal and external areas and empowering people to personalise their surroundings.

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Lance Kairl (House of Bales)
SA Representative

Lance is South Australia’s most experienced strawbale builder. He set up House of Bales in 1997 to promote and facilitate the construction of strawbale building in South Australia, and to be a resource for owners and builders. Lance has been working in the building industry and with owner builders for nearly 30 years.

Lance lives in his 2 story strawbale home, near Goolwa in South Australia. The house described by some as a strawbale earthship is equipped with a stand alone solar power system, reed bed waste water treatment system, composting toilet, ample fruit trees, and large vege production area, along with a handful of chooks.

Lance has previously served on the Ausbale committee as the SA state rep, and as secretary, and is looking forward to a productive year as President of Ausbale in 2016.

For any enquiries he can be contacted on 08 8555 4223

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Ian Redfern
Qld Co-Representative

Ian has been designing, and mentoring owner-builders of strawbale eco-healthy sustainable homes for about twenty years. He has presented at international strawbale building conferences and run many workshops to introduce folk to the simplicity and healthiness of building with strawbales.

All his projects are plastered and lime washed, inside and out for greatest vapour permeability and healthiness of lime plasters with traditional matured lime putty plasters.

Ian’s philosophy is to provide an affordable design service whilst creating cost effective and sustainable designs appropriate to the environment. For example in our wet sub-tropical upper New Zealand climate he prefers liveable verandas to smaller or negligible eaves overhangs. His houses are set above the surrounding ground to prevent inundation and many homes have warm stabilised earthen floors.

Ian and Chris (his studio potter sculptor wife) have recently sold Adobe Cottage and will be building their next (retirement) home in straw!

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Vic Representative

Per is a registered builder and carpenter in Victoria and specializes in energy efficient and sustainable buildings. Per with his architecture and construction company Unicorn House was part of bringing straw bale construction to Australia in the early 90’s as well as forming Ausbale. Per held various positions in Ausbale before having a break to concentrate on developing Australia’s first community owned wind farm Hepburn Wind, near Daylesford where he resides. Per migrated from Denmark in 1989.


Per has co-designed and build many sustainable homes all over Victoria, Australia and overseas for nearly 40 years and has an immense understanding and knowledge of what it takes to create a house with a comfortable indoor climate all year round with no mechanical heating and cooling.



Per can be contacted via and 0418 133 426.

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Stephen Cole
Tasmania Representative

Stephen Cole works as a Civil & Structural Engineer with 15 years’ experience, and is based in Coningham, Southern Tasmania. Stephen’s work includes the structural design and inspection for low rise (1-3 storeys) buildings, with a particular interest in natural materials and systems.

Stephen’s aspiration is to create healthy, sustainable buildings that relate harmoniously to their environment.

Stephen’s vision is a world where the structures we build relate harmoniously to the natural environment, and support the physical, social and spiritual nourishment and evolution of living beings.

For any enquiries he can be contacted on 0417 650 474.

Contact Us

You can contact Ausbale by phoning the Ausbale Representative in your state, or email us.