About Durnford Dart. (C/V)
‘Mr. Bamboo’ is the name by which Durnford Dart is popularly known today throughout Australia. From farmers to manufacturers, related product producers, to purpose cultivation specialists, Durnford Dart is generally acknowledged as this country’s Bamboo growing and marketing expert.
After serving 6 years in the R.A.A.F. and building a highly successful business in the Auto Recycling business, his love for the land ( he was raised on a farm ) led him to establish, in 1989, ‘Belli Bamboo Parkland’ located west of the popular seaside resort town of Noosa Heads in Queensland.
He is now recognised in the massive Asian Bamboo Industry through scores of fact finding visits, co-operative planting programs and bamboo variety experiments here in Australia. His thirst for knowledge has led him to China, Thailand, Japan, U.S.A, Costa Rica and many other countries world wide where he has lived and worked on farms in most countries collecting valuable information to share with Australians. He was contracted as a consultant by the Bank of China to assist in the supervision in the planting of a 300 m2 garden of Moso (Phyllostachys pubescens) in the bank’s new headquarters building in Beijing. Such is his global recognition.
He has campaigned successfully to educate the populace on the benefits of growing our wonderful environmentally friendly renewable resource. Over an eight year period he conducted some 40 workshops and open days at Belli Park, participated in workshops and acted as a Bamboo consultant within Australia and world wide. This specialist information has proven to be beneficial to all the bamboo enthusiasts with whom he has had contact.
It was Durnford Dart and Dr Kerry Walsh of UCQ who initiated and secured funding from RIRDC to collect data that is of benefit to today’s growers.
Over the years “Mr Bamboo’s” Bamboo Australia has supplied clumps of bamboo (in excess of 15 metres tall) to the Chadstone Shopping Centre in Melbourne, as part of their refurbishment program, sent full 40ft container of poles from China to the city centre of Berlin where the Melbourne performance group “Bambuco” erected a structure for Aerial performances, procured other similar containers for a performances in Melbourne, Moscow, Singapore, London, Manchester, Antwerp & Lille. He also sold a container of Bamboo curtain rods to a company in Dallas and bamboo fishing poles to Western Samoa. He regularly supplies bamboo poles to the Australian Antarctic expeditions.