Disconnection and the Need to Reinvent Community

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The climate emergency and its impact on all life on the planet runs parallel with a crisis of disconnection between individuals, families and nations. Ironically the human groups with the greatest control over the resources of the world are also facing the highest levels of loneliness and mental illness, violence and rocketing rates of self-harm.  For most of known history, …

Affordable Co-Housing Australia

Shared House at Narara Ecovillage

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There’s movement afoot at Narara Ecovillage for some of Stage 2’s building lots to be co-owned and occupied by groups or collectives of up to 8 individuals. The legal identity of such a structure is yet to be nutted out, not to mention the compatibility of individuals, the building design and a host of other matters. For now, let’s just …

Bush Regeneration

Bush Regeneration

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One of the pleasant tasks of life at the ecovillage is maintaining and regenerating the native bushland on the property.  The village is situated next to the renowned Strickland State Forest, and forms with it an unbroken corridor of forest on ridge-land and slopes down into the Narara Valley.  A volunteer team meets weekly to go into the forest and …

What is cohousing?

What is Cohousing?

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Cohousing is a model of residential light footprint planning that blends private space with shared resources. It originated in Denmark in the 1960’s and was adopted enthusiastically in America and the UK. Interest is now growing in Australia and innovative housing projects in both urban and rural environments, are drawing on the core elements of successful cohousing developments around the …

What is an ecovillage?

What is an Ecovillage?

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 According to the Global Ecovillage Network (GEN) website: An ecovillage is an intentional, traditional or urban community that is consciously designed through locally owned, participatory processes in all 4 dimensions of sustainability (social, culture, ecology, economy)into a whole systems design to regenerate its social and natural environment. Ecovillages are living laboratories pioneering beautiful alternatives and innovative solutions. They are rural or urban settlements …

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

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We get asked a lot of questions about the way things work at Narara Ecovillage. Here’s a list of out top FAQs and the answers, in case they’re helpful for you too. Please note that you should not rely on these informal answers for any legal or financial matters. The formal legal documents of the Co-operative are the Disclosure Statement, …

Founding a Life and an Ecovillage

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It’s taken 20 years to get here, but, as the first houses are being completed, Lyndall Parris’ dream is finally coming to fruition. Lyndall has this month launched her memoirs, which tell the story of her life path leading her to establish the Narara Ecovillage. This Ecovillage, like all projects that seek to step away from the status quo, started as a series …

Growing Food

Reviving the Triplespan Greenhouse

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For the last 6 months, a troop of enthusiastic volunteers have been working away at improving the soil in our Triplespan Greenhouse to get the ground prepared for growing food. We chose the greenhouse because of its location down on the floodplain and because the old structure meant we could grow in an area protected from pests. We started by …

Geoff's hemp house

Building News (in their own words)

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Geoff’s Hempcrete House My owner-build hemp house is ticking along slowly but steadily.  After a 5 month wait my double-glazed Murray River red gum windows and doors have been delivered and installed.  I think they look brilliant and well worth the wait.  My roof is on and we are now all ready for the hempcrete workshop starting on 13 April …

Pathways to Resolution

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The aim of Narara Ecovillage is to build a caring, friendly community with social sustainability at its heart. As there will inevitably be differences and conflicts, we need a philosophy and process that sets out pathways to resolution: who to talk to, how to say it, what to do? Social sustainability is based on the safety and wellbeing of everyone …

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 …

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 …