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Homeland Community

Basic Information
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Homeland is small community near the NSW Mid North Coast town of Bellingen. We aspire to embody principles including sustainable living, rainforest regeneration and cooperative sharing of resources.

Year founded: 
1977
Community size: 
20 to 50

Location

Thora near Bellingen, Coffs Harbour, NSW MId North Coast
769 Darkwood Road
Thora, NSW, 2454
Australia
See map: Google Maps
General Information

Homeland is a small community on the Bellinger River about 40 minutes from the coast and about 1 hour from Coffs Harbour. We look north to the river forming our boundary and the Bellinger River National Park encompassing part of the Dorrigo Escarpment.

1n 1977, Homeland was formed by a group of people wishing to emulate the Findhorn Community in Scotland. New Age philosophies and ideals were embodied in the constitution and the residents through the years have aspired to actualise them.

Most households have small veggie & herb gardens. There are 2 members conducting private garlic farming and another 2 involved in tofu and tempeh production. Most private residences are solar powered. We share resources such as: the Amenities Block, Coolroom, Community House, Tractor, machinery and Workshop.

We are open to visitors and guests and have some cabin accommodation.

Contact Information
Contact person name: 

Martin Watson

Email address: 
Physical Details
Setting: 
rural
Area of land: 
more than 100 hectares
Number of dwellings: 
15-20
Community Assets and Features
Shared facilities and features: 
guest room(s)
laundry
dining
theatrette / TV room
workshop
renewable energy generation
community gardens or farms
Social Considerations
Emphases: 

The members look for involvement and integration from prospective members in 3 areas: getting along amicably with the other residents, participating in & supporting the community meetings & decision making processes and attending & contributing to workdays and the maintenance of our common resources.

Food
Percentage of food grown on-site: 
10 percent
Shared meals: 

We have no formal arrangements. Community meals are usually lined up with a celebration or other events such as the open-mike or movie nights.

Dietary customs and restrictions: 

None.

Governing and Financing
Decision-making: 

Homeland Community Ltd is a company limited by guarantee. There are no shares here. The company owns all the land. The board of directors have delegated the day-to-day decision making to a committee which is comprised of the members attending a community meeting - usually held once a fortnight.

Financing Style: 

Members, prospective members and long term guests pay a weekly contribution towards overheads and costs of running the community and provision of services. It is currently $30/week/adult. A washing machine levy of 50c/person/week also applies to cover the cost of replacing the shared laundry equipment.

Labour contribution: 

Nominally 5 hours/week apart from special arrangements regarding maintenance of a guest facility or an approved service provided to the community.