History of the Site

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The  information supplied here of the Narara Agricultural Research Institute has mainly been obtained from the Conservation Management Plan, 2007 and the Conservation Management Plan Review, 2013, by Chris Betteridge, MUSEcape Pty Ltd for City Plan Services Gosford. After the supplies of valuable timber available in the area around the Narara Creek valley from mid-19th century were exhausted, the area …

Co-housing at Narara Ecovillage

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At Narara Ecovillage, we have triple bottom line aspirations. We wish to raise the bar in the areas of Social, Environmental and Economic sustainability. As a part of our Social sustainability, we aim to be a Cohousing community. We focus on creating social interactions and connections that foster strong community fabric. In addition to layout of neighbourhoods, footpaths, common outdoor …

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Water Supply at the Ecovillage

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Narara Ecovillage aims to be self sufficient for its complete water needs. Narara Ecovillage Water (NEV) Water provides all potable water, sewer and recycled water services to the Narara Ecovillage site.  NEV Water holds Network Operator and Retail licenses under the NSW Water Industry Competition Act (WICA). Narara Ecovillage was granted the first community-owned water licence in NSW by NSW …

Steam Weeding

Margo Parris Sustainability, Village Life

As a community, we’ve agreed to protect and maintain the health of our members and ecosystems, and manage the land using organic and Permaculture principles. We aim to minimise, and ideally eliminate, the use of poisonous substances and nominate alternatives to the use of poisonous substances on the Community Parcel where possible. So today, we welcomed Ben Larson of Weedtechnics …

Mikala Dind

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What drew me to Narara Ecovillage What was that drew me to NEV?  … I was moved to speak with Lyndall after her talk at an Open Day and flag my interest in finding out more about the village. While I’m not sure of the correct order of events, I do remember that I attended a working bee (or two) …

A Tale of Two Houses

Lincoln Project, Village Life

The Gosford Horticulture Research Station was established by the State Government as Narara Viticulture Nursery in 1912 as a consequence of failures to produce Phylloxera-resistant rootstocks to combat a major outbreak of the Phylloxera aphid in the grape growing areas in NSW and Victoria. Heritage House Of the two residences built on the 220 acres, the Heritage House was built 1915-1916 …

21st Century Homes for the Future Society and Climate: The Eco Dreamers seminar

Margo Parris Sustainability, Village Life

Yesterday (Saturday 12 May) 75 people came to Narara Ecovillage to hear Brendan Condon, Project Director, talk about the inspiring Cape Paterson Ecovillage in Victoria and their new 9 and 10 star sustainable homes. This was followed by a panel discussion with Narara Ecovillage. They key topic was the challenge of creating climate-proof, zero energy cost, sustainable homes and subdivisions, in …

Eco Dreamers Seminar – May 12

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“Eco Dreamers” seminar 10-star Eco Homes and Eco Entrepreneurs: The Cape (Victoria) comes to Narara. Meet Brendan Condon, Project Director, The Cape (Cape Patterson Ecovillage). “It’s not enough for an ecovillage to go it alone” Saturday May 12 2018, 3-5 pm at the Narara Ecovillage. Brendan Condon, Project Director of “The Cape” (formerly the Cape Patterson Ecovillage) in Victoria, will …

Sacred Spaces Design Workshop

Margo Parris Village Life

Member Scilla enjoyed Robina McCurdy’s 2-day Sacred Space Design workshop held at Narara Ecovillage over the weekend of 28/29 April. She said: ‘It was a great success on many levels. We were inspired by glimpses of special places from around the world, learnt about how ‘attune’ to this particular piece of Earth and followed our leadings to work on a …

Mark and Nicky

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Mark is founder and fellow director with his wife Nicky, of Qi Health and Yoga, a successful yoga and natural therapy business on Sydney’s Northern Beaches. They have been involved in the project for several years with Nicky previously assisting our Project Director and serving for 12 months on the NEV Board. Both from villages in the UK, living and …

Narara Kitchen Dinner Tuesday Night: Gratitude. Community. Life.

Lincoln Village Life

With this post we introduce a new-ish member of the Ecovillage. Dini is going to guest post various events from the village starting with this regular event we have at the village – shared dinners. Many thanks Dini! Narara kitchen dinners have been running for some time. Each one continues to be a hands-on example of making every moment count – …

Village day Feb 24th

Lincoln Village Life

Saturday 24 February, 1-4pm Our new format Village Day went off with a bang in January, with lots of activities to allow our 60 visitors to experience life at Narara Ecovillage. From 1pm our guests could choose to visit the tool library, have knives and tools sharpened by Rob and learn some bicycle maintenance skills with Mike.  Many people enjoyed a site tour with Lincoln and …

Know More about Owls!

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Know More about Powerful Owls on the Central Coast! Have you heard night-time hooting in your area? It may be a Powerful Owl, a spectacular and seriously large Australian owl, that is also now a threatened species. The Central Coast of NSW is privileged to be home to a number of these wonderful birds. Dr. Beth Mott, Coordinator of the …

Village Day in January

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The Village kicked off the year with a new format for the monthly Open Days. Renamed to Village Days we are inviting you to join us for ‘a day at the village’ – we’d love you to join in the fun and comaraderie of a group of people working and playing together. During the year as we start to build …

Wildlife at the village

Lincoln Village Life

A very healthy-looking Echidna was spotted late afternoon last week. Said Richard Cassels: “This was the first I have seen here after living for 5 years. It was digging into an ant’s nest, on the track to the creek bridge, before curling up into a ball and burying its vulnerable parts, in fear of me and pooch Bentley. The mobile phone …

Construction of outdoor kitchen

Lincoln Village Life

To accommodate our many outdoor activities in the Farm Square area, we are building an outdoor kitchen (led by Majella Lloyd, co-founder of the Natural Building Group) from recycled materials, not only for the convenience of a practical, usable space in the northern area of our site, but this project is a hybrid experimental foray into ancient natural building techniques …

Open Day is now Village Day! 27th Jan 2017

Lincoln Village Life

Saturday 27th Jan, 1-4pm Our exciting new format Village Day is designed to allow visitors more involvement and opportunities to engage with our community activities which will change from month to month. Village Day organizer, Jeni O’Connor says: “As our Ecovillage is moving to the next stage of development, with the imminent growth of houses and infrastructure, we felt it was important to …

The Natural natural builder

Lincoln Village Life

By Richard Cassels A pair of Magpie-larks have just completed this fine mud nest in a Pecan tree below the Fisheries Building. The source of their building materials is the dry mud at the base of the nearby detention basin. (The barrenness of the detention basin’s bottom is due to a flock of about 50 Maned Wood Ducks having eaten …

Ecovillage receives grant to rejuvenate Visitors Centre

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Originally posted on Coast Community News DECEMBER 2, 2017 Member for Robertson, Ms Lucy Wicks, has announced funding to rejuvenate the Visitors Centre at Narara Ecovillage. The $18,750 funding will be delivered through the Coalition Government’s Stronger Communities Program. Ms Wicks made the announcement during a visit to the Narara Ecovillage on Tuesday, November 28. “This is fantastic news for …

Dini, Pablo and their children Noah, Gael and India.

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Narara’s second semi-Argentinean Martinez-family are India (18 months), Gael (4),Noah (6), Dini and Pablo. NEV felt like “having found our tribe again – finally a people who not only believe, but also wanna show and live a life that’s not detrimental and draining, neither on our Earth, nor on our people”. Before joining Narara, they spent three years sailing the Med on their Moody 425 (more on their …