Indira Naidoo’s television broadcast career has spanned more than two decades. She has anchored and reported for some of the country’s most distinguished news and current affair programmes including the ABC’s Late Edition nightly news and SBS TV’s award-winning World News Tonight.
More recently Indira has turned her journalistic experience to the issues of food security, environment and sustainability.
Indira has worked as a media manager and spokesperson for consumer advocacy group CHOICEand as a Geneva-based sustainability communications consultant with the United Nations’ trade development arm – The International Trade Centre. In 2009 she was selected from 200 applicants to be trained by former US Vice President Al Gore as a climate change presenter.
It was Indira’s decision to turn her tiny, inner city balcony into a veggie patch that changed the course of her career. Despite her family and friends thinking she had gone completely mad, her project was a success, and it planted the seeds for her fascination and love of sustainable, balcony gardens.
Indira started recording these growing adventures on her blog Saucy Onion, which lead to her first book The Edible Balcony published in 2011. The Edible Balcony became a runaway bestseller and is now in its fourth reprint. Her garden and recipes have featured on ABC TV’s Gardening Australia and Network Ten’s ‘The Living Room’. Indira now travels the country for talks and demonstrations, and was also a contestant on the inaugural episode of Celebrity MasterChef.
Indira is an ambassador for the homeless crisis centre the Wayside Chapel and conducts weekly gardening classes on its rooftop vegetable garden for its homeless visitors. In 2012 she won the lifestyle category of the InStyle Magazine awards for her food activism work.
Indira joins Australian Garden Show Sydney as the curator of The Kitchen Garden, an area dedicated to sustainable, balcony and small space gardening.