This page hosts the musings of a dream to create an ecological cohousing site in Brisbane.
1st June 2015. A discussion with friends leads me to believe that there may be a common thread among people in my social circle to come together around the making of an urban ecoblock like Christie Walk in Adelaide. They include some baby boomers with disposable income, progressive outlooks, an interest in social living arrangements, and a desire to make a difference where it matters and retain access to city facilities. Another a set of younger friends are connected to the Zeitgeist Movement and have the same interests, but fewer assets (& hence greater dependence on income-generating employment). They also want to form a city community based on science and sustainability. These people are culturally, racially and sexually diverse.
3rd July, 2017. I upload a page about the geographical features and facilities of Nyleta Street. This comes from a growing awareness of what’s already here. I also uploaded a post about adjoining properties and ask a neighbour to make up a spreadsheet plan that a small group can use to see what it would take for them to buy and live or rent in one of them. The plan allows them to alter variables such as purchase price, subdivision, rental expenses (if any), interest payments (if any) and number of participants.
15th July, 2017. I discover The Henry Project and some very similar urban co-housing projects, both long-established (Pinakarri Cohousing Community) and conceptual. These definitely require some reading time! Thanks to Lesley Gillet of Narara EcoVillage, for passing on the info!
6th August, 2017. Now I waver between just finding a community and starting one. There are many communities along the east coast of Australia to consider (see a list here). Starting a community or co-housing project is a huge undertaking. I may spearhead a drive in Brisbane and see what comes of it.
26th of August, 2017. Spend about 3 hours from 3am looking at properties in Mullumbimby – a small town in NSW with a number of 1 hectare acre blocks close to town with potential. I think registered an Expression of Interest to engage others in a project. The Henry Project offers services to ensure the feasibility of a proposal.
25th August, 2017. Visiting Hobart’s Cohousing Cooperative and neighbouring Cascade Cohousing projects, I see the value and possibilities (as well as dangers of the plug being pulled and the time involved) in government funding. Cascade is private, Coop is mostly government and renters. One has a greater sense of property (and less cohesion, but that may be unrelated).
Another thought occurs to me about pets. Most communities disallow pets, usually to protect wildlife. If pets provide touch, affection and company, my Faerieland experience suggests to me that for those for whom touch is a language of love, hand-holding and neck massages or more is a solution I haven’t seen widely experimented with. Found another place in Melbourne I might stay at called Murundaka. Earlier this month I learnt about the Walter Segal self-build homes in Brighton, U.K., called Hogs Edge… these seem simple, modular inside so flexible for changing relationships and publicaly funded.
19th November, 2017. Found a real go-to site for intentional/sustainable cohousing and communities website portal listing many projects around Australia called Cooperative Living. Another portal that I’ve been contributing to is a Zeitgeist Movement inspired project called RBE10K which has a list of Sister Projects. Also today at a BrisLETS Trading and Services Salon Day I discovered an old acquaintance interested in a very familiar with cohousing; Michael Cahill.
28th March, 2018. Michael and Jeni Lewington and I visited a property for sale in Goodna, Brisbane Tce; former Goodna Produce barn, 3,500m2, $600K, excellent transport. It gives inspiration for a community hub in the southern suburbs.
I found Russell Austenberry’s Brisbane Ecodigs work online, which is a potential resource.
Brisbane North EcoVillage BNEV claim to have found a property in the Gold Coast hinterland.