Maleny Eco Village and Instructions For Starting Your Own Ecovillage

Tyler Mc.

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Maleny Eco Village

An article in Cosmos Magazine is talking about a community that started with two people wishing to form their own ecovillage with only three and a half hectares or about 8.65 acres. With that bit of land and a dream, they were able to start a small ecovillage as well as a non-profit company called Eco Villages Australia that works to create a little ideal society within Queensland, Australia. They also realistically describe the problems and issues that come with starting an ecovillage. According to Claire Ogden - one of the duo who helped to create this village - "Many, many people are interested in starting a community, people are contacting us all the time, but very few are able to do it. The barriers are huge. Mostly, the projects don’t get off the ground. It’s a shame, but that’s the reality."

The eco village has collective housing (with a shared kitchen, a compostable toilet, and a pavilion-sty;e house) that corresponds with the organization's vision for eco-communities that start of with about five to twenty-five people before potentially growing from there. They are able to afford additions to the community as well as new developments since all residents are renters paying rent for living on the land. Most of that money is used to pay for materials to grow food and pay for things like solar panels to allow the community to be off the grid.

According to Ogden, there are five things people need to do if they want to create their own village: agreements, choose your land-ownership model (Ogden and her business partner Andew McLean recommend the “collectively stewarded” model); navigate councils and codes; choose your conflict model; and resources for community success. Make sure you have agreements with the five to twenty-five people you plan to start with, have a model for how the resources of the community will be used, navigate councils and any legal codes your community might have to be attached to be considered a legally livable place, choose a particular method for resolving any conflicts that take place in the community, and plan out what kind of resources you need for the village to succeed. Do these five things, and you can potentially be on the way to starting your own eco-village!

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