incorporating intentional communities
The purpose of this site is to bring together the various intentional community projects in Australia; cohousing, eco-villages and other co-ops.
Cohousing and eco-villages
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Ecohousing Heidelberg is a community in Melbourne’s inner north, based on the principles of cohousing and sustainable living.
Located in Heidelberg, within walking distance of
local parks, schools, public transport and shops.
Approximately 15 kms from the centre of Melbourne and close to La Trobe University.
18 private residences over three levels, clustered
around common facilities. Available are 6 one
bedroom, 6 two bedroom, 4 three bedroom, and 2 four bedroom homes.
Environmentally Sustainable Design
• Shared facilities make it easier for residents to live sustainably by reducing resource use.
• Rainwater harvesting and solar collection.
• Highly permeable site to reduce storm-water run-off.
• Solar orientation to reduce the need for artificial lighting and heating or cooling.
Completed in December 2011.
The residents are currently agreeing on processes for decision making and management of the neighbourhood. Decision is by consensus using a modified sociocracy model. Regular meetings are held with input encouraged from all members.
It is expected that there will be shared meals at least once a week.
All members are expected to participate in decision-making. The exact form of decison-making (consensus/majority rules etc) will be decided by the community. There is further information on community management on the CEH website at www.cehl.com.au.
Earth CERC is a Common Equity Rental Co-op. Members income must be below a certain threshold and rent is generally 25% of income. Further information on the CERC program is on the CEH website at www.cehl.com.au.
Members must participate in community management.
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