I help with Melbourne Perl Mongers.
I spend an awful lot of time talking about Perl, and have had my picture in the Australian newspapers with a camel. That's rather scary.
PerlNet - The Australian and New Zealand Perl Portal
During my travels I've discovered that the Australian and New Zealand Perl communities are very active, but also very insulated from each other. While lots of activity can be seen in local user-groups, those groups rarely talk to each other to share ideas, code, or activities.
Unfortunately, having such insulated groups makes it more difficult for anyone who wants to have a better idea of the state of Perl in Australia. I'm regularly asked "who uses Perl?", "who supports Perl?", "where can I find a Perl job?", "where can I find a Perl programmer?". While I've often been able to answer this questions accurately and successfully, the knowledge has come from my own personal experience, and not from a freely available source.
In order to better encourage communication between Australian and New Zealand Perl groups, users, businesses, and organisations, we quietly launched PerlNet almost a year ago. It's been running in stealth mode since that time, but now it's finally time to take it out into the open.
There'll be a formal announcement a little later on, but for those who read my journal you're welcome to get involved early. The site is aimed at the community, we want you to get involved.
Chatter can be found on irc.freenode.net #PerlNet, and the main website at perl.net.au. It's a wiki, so be bold in your edits.