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Eco community NOW, 8 km from city

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Eco community NOW, 8 km from city

Time: August 5, 2012 from 6pm to 8:30pm
Location: Paddington
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Phone: 0423860848
Event Type: dinner, and, info
Organized By: gabrielle & russell austerberry
Latest Activity: Aug 11, 2012

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Our group (Ecodigs) has just made an offer on land in Chapel Hill, which presents an chance to develop the site into a ten-household eco-community. If our plans work out, this means a cheap, healthy and low carbon-footprint lifestyle on millionaire row in a supportive community. We're aiming for "home and community" packages from $300k. The catch? We need people to get involved early. Like now. Come along to our dinner and find out more... please RSVP to get the address! Dinner at 6pm ($5), presentation 7.00 - 8.00pm. Call Russell or go to website.

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Comment by Elaine de Saxe on August 11, 2012 at 22:56

Bummer. Oh well you know the one about the doors ;-)

Comment by gabrielle austerberry on August 11, 2012 at 16:55

OK that particular property did not work as the owner needed to sell fast and we are slow with due diligence and council approval.

However, if anyone knows of a property with 40 m street front and over 1600 square meters, within a 10 km circle of the city, please let me know. 

Comment by gabrielle austerberry on August 3, 2012 at 9:25

elaine you can be a critical friend and come and visit & holiday??? It really is a brilliant property, but even if it is not this one that works out, we have become clearer and clearer about what we need and it will really happen. Have most things in place now. cheers Gabrielle

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on August 3, 2012 at 9:09

Facing packing, moving, settling-in, making new gardens ... it's way easier to do earlier in life. We're still tweaking this and tinkering with that, 10 years after moving here. Not again, ever.

Comment by gabrielle austerberry on August 3, 2012 at 8:58

Hi people, Russell here (Gabrielle's hubbie).

Interesting to hear early history of Northey St Elaine - and Brenda, which ecovillage did you live in? Also... I'm wondering why both of you think you're too old to join in, we're hoping for a wide mix of ages, and for many of the homes to be ground floor access. We're planning to be able to live there well into old age in a supportive community!

Our group has gone in never ending circles regarding legal structure, but finally settled on the simple and well understood mainstream strata title system where you own your home and a share in the common facilities, and can buy and sell on the open market - with a body corporate in place as the way to govern the community. Our innovation is in forming a culture of consensus decision making which focuses on hearing every voice, with voting only as a fallback procedure. Frankly there's lots of legal possibilities which could work, but the underlying trust has to be there in the first place.

And yes, we have developed good processes for conflict resolution - and have successfully weathered a couple of storms already. 

Thanks for your responses!

brenda wilson Comment by brenda wilson on August 3, 2012 at 7:07

like elaine, i'm now too old to join this project.  however, i have lived in an eco-village and i suggest that you lease land rather than offer it freehold to participants.  freehold, in my experience, will divide the community (this bit is MINE), and undermine community.  the legal structure works best if all the land is owned by a coop or a trust, where each resident is a member with one vote.  land/housing can then be leased to each resident by the coop or trust, and members can make the rules, with just one vote for each member.

the other very important point would be for each resident to undergo training in NVC (non violent communication).  conflict can become a problem and communities need good ways of dealing with this.

very best of luck to all.

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on August 2, 2012 at 13:06

Just because we don't drive at night :-( About 25 years ago I was involved in a minor way in a similar proposal. At that time, although the architects had drawn up proper plans, in a nutshell, it fell over because the then City Council would not agree to having off-sewer housing. The other stumbling block was no money (!) participants would have to sell their own properties to get the money to buy the land. However, the people and ideas morphed in what today is known as City Farm at Northey Street. I'm very interested in the idea and ideals and if I were now 25 years younger I wouldn't hesitate. I do hope that the participants find what they want and that the proposal goes from strength to strength.

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