Making Scarecrows at November 2016 Open Day

At our November 2016 Open Day, we researched straw and other natural building materials. So what better time for the kids to figure out how to make scarecrows from a big straw bale? Oh, and then there were PUPPIES. Here are a few snapshots from the day: Thank you to all you kids for coming along. It’s probably fair to …

Huff ‘n’ Puff Strawbale Workshop #160

Over the October Labour day long weekend, Vanessa and I (along with kids and grandparents) visited Ganmain to attend the Huff ‘n’ Puff #160 strawbale workshop. You can find out more from their website below. http://glassford.com.au/main/ Can’t wait to build our own strawbale house at Narara in the coming months!! – John

Civil Construction 3rd Sept 2016

Quote for the week “One minute you look and think ‘well that’s never going to happen’ and then a couple of hours later with really BIG equipment the landscape changes before your eyes.” – Joy

The Narara hills are alive….

…with the sound of microbats 24 August 2016 New Wildlife Refuges An Environmental Survey by ecologist Robert Payne revealed a remarkable feature of the ecology of the Narara Ecovilage: the site is home to no less than 13 species of insectivorous microbat (and one Flying Fox / “Macrobat” species). In preparation for site works, members have already installed microbat roosting …

Let’s go power flowering!

22 August 2016 This Open Day on Sunday 28 August the kids activities are going to be all about spring blossoms, native seed bombs, and of course planting the Permaculture way. With all sorts of seeds, bulbs, and blooming flowers in our big garden bed. And lead by our Permaculture practitioner John Seed. When? Sunday, 28 August from 10:30 AM …

An ecovillage emerging from the rubble

18 August 2016 Hang in there: we are truly going to be the world-class demonstration Ecovillage we have been talking about. Walkways in landscaped gullies, meandering pathways through our common gardens, a diversity of unique housing styles, edible fruit trees and climbing vines, quiet spaces by the dam and over the creek, and so much more. Look past the mountains …

Our first crop

This is NEV’s first crop planted this week! It is special grass called Gahnia which is to be transplanted when we start landscaping in 6 months or so why pay for plants when you can grow them!

Little Kids Play Area – The Making of

Narara is a great place for kids to play and explore all day. And for a long time, we’ve been playing with the idea to have a space for our youngest Nararians to enjoy it, too. So in June 2016 we started to create it. Follow the the natural play area as it takes shapes –  picture by picture: The …

Habitat for Wildlife

“Microbats are widespread throughout the Central Coast and are known to occur throughout residential areas – a good species to make a box for if you live in suburbia like me. Of the 16 threatened Microbat species in NSW 10 have been recorded on the Central Coast. We would like to monitor the wildlife boxes, it’s a good idea to …

Open Day – 25th June 1.15pm

The Open Day is free for members of the Narara Eco Living Network, for members of the NEV Co- operative, and for voucher holders. For others the cost is $10.00 per person or $20.00 per family. 1:15pm                     Gates open 1:30 – 2:45pm      Registration and small group guided tours of …

Open Day – 29th May 10.15am

Don’t forget to put this in the calendar. Gates open at 10:15am. And at 2:15 pm, the talk this month from our friends at Narara Eco Living Network is “Hemp, Wonder Plant” and “Earthship Homes”: 2 talks you won’t want to miss. Full details here. 10.30-11.00 a.m.  Registration, tea/coffee etc. 11.00 a.m.              Presentation and Q and …

Designing your Sustainable Home – workshop

Rating by a previous participant: “ Graham is an excellent presenter and this is a VERY interesting course”. The workshop, “Principles of Energy-efficient Homes, and introduction to Narara  Ecovillage Building Standards”, will be held on Saturday May 21 2016, 9 am -1:30 pm, atthe Visitor Centre, Narara Ecovillage, 25 Research Road, Narara. Sustainability Architect Graham Hunt will introduce the principles of …

30th April Open day and dinner.

Our next open day is first after the Narara Ecoburbia Festival put on by our lovely sister organisation – Narara Eco Living Network. Did you go? We’d love to hear all about it? Got some photo’s…we’d love to see them. No matter what come along to this open day and take in the amazing Autumn surrounds and maybe pick up …

Open day April 2nd

We skipped an open day March thanks to Easter so we are looking forward to seeing many people at the next open day on the 2nd April. 2nd of April is a Saturday so the times are: Please wear closed shoes for the tours around the site.  1.15 – Gates open 1.30 – Registration – there is a $10 fee …

Open day – 27th Feb + Modular Homes.

Dont forget to put this in the calendar. Gates open at 1:15pm. And at 4:30 pm the talk this month from our friends at the Narara EcoLiving Network is “Modular Homes: the sustainable homes of the future?”. A presentation by Built Smart Modular Homes of Lisarow. An introduction to modular homes, their advantages, and how to work with a modular …

Open day 31st Jan + Birds of Narara

Originally posted on the Narara Ecoliving. Richard Cassels, bird enthusiast, archaeologist and ecovillage member, has enjoyed birds around the world, excavated extinct ones and been recording the living birds of Narara on a weekly basis for the last 2 ½ years. He will talk about “ Living Dinosaurs: The Birds of Narara, and what they are up to” at 2.15 …

2016 Open days announced.

The open days are great on 2 fronts. It allows people to come and visit the Narara Ecovillage, have a tour of the site and hear about the history of the project mostly from the founder Lyndal Parris. After the village tours / talks the Narara Ecovillage Network host a topical talk on the month. We’ve seen sustainability officers from …

Next open day on Sat 28th Nov.

Our next open day is coming up! Saturday 28th of November. Come along to hear a presentation on the history of the project, a guided tour around the land, some light refreshments then stick around for our monthly talk from Mark Donohoe on “Sustainable Environments and Optimal Health.” Dr Mark Donohoe is one of Australia’s most experienced and best known …

Many hands make light work.

At the village we have at least 2 working bee’s a month. With so much land to maintain, council requirements for use and to get ready for building there’s always something to do. The major working bee’s normally tackle the hard work. The type of work is determined by our Site Management team and could involve: Chainsaw work from any of members that …

The Project – Oct 2015

The Project – October 2015 Organisation – the People We have a Project Director; a Construction Project Manager for Stage 1 infrastructure and the Bower Cluster; a Community Architect who liaised with the firm Hill Thalis to produce our Masterplan and about 20 other consultants. We have a Project Team, a Community Development Team, a Land Team, Buildings & Infrastructure Team …

Our trial Sunday open day.

We trialled a different format today and for those that came along we’d love to hear your feedback. What did we do differently? Well for one we held the Narara Eco Village open day on a Sunday instead of the usual Saturday. We brought the start time forward to 11am and ran the project presentation first. I think this last …

October open day on Sunday 25th.

Some folk have told us that Saturday’s can be tough to get to our open day! So this October we’ll hold the open day on Sunday. Sunday 25 October Open Day tours and our Network Talk of the Month 10.30 a.m. Registration, tea and sandwiches. 11 a.m. Presentation on Narara Ecovillage Project, followed by questions. 12 p.m. Site tours. 1 …

Project updates are on their way.

We’ve heard feedback from many folk that we need to get more information on this site. Particularly in relation to the project status but also things we are seeing with other Ecovillages around the world! As we start to pull together the content we’d love to hear what you’d like to see. Comment below and see what we can do! …