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Published September 23rd 2013
Tour a village that lives off the sun and eats from the land
This ecovillage is nestled in Currumbin Valley around 30 minutes south west of the Gold Coast. Here you can find a source of information and inspiration on sustainable living design as we move forward into a future threatened by climate change.
About the Village: The ecovillage is designed around sustainable living principles and all homes have certain building standards in which they adhere to. As a result, most residents have little to no electricity bills. Most houses have their own edible gardens with plans to make community vegetable patches around the village too. It also features its own water treatment plant and waste management facility. Collectively they have formed a community of environmentally conscious individuals living in harmony with the land and each other.
By booking yourself a tour you'll be taken around the community by a resident who can tailor the information to your interests and questions. Upon booking your tour, include a tour inside one of the eco houses as you can see the sustainable principles put into practice. There are also many tips you can implement in your own home like what type of insulation is best and where to place outdoor eaves to utilise the sun's warmth throughout the day. Tours can be arranged to suit your convenience at the availability of a tour guide, so be sure to send a enquiry.
Anyone is welcome to visit here, including various professionals looking to expand their knowledge of the field, those who are interested in purchasing a place in this ecovillage or are interested in living more sustainably.
Residents: Here you will find a range of people from those who work in the field of sustainability through to retirees. The sense of community is apparent here as there is a community hall where dinners and other activities such as coffee clubs and yoga classes are held. This also suits those living on their own - having an extended neighbourhood family. Once a dairy farm, this community has a focus to rehabilitate and revegetate the space, welcoming native wildlife such as local colonies of kangaroos (which can be seen relaxing in the shade of surrounding trees).
If you have an enquiring mind with the desire to learn more about how to lead a sustainable and community based lifestyle, this village gives you an idea of how to do so. It represents a new paradigm of living - taking the focus away from our conventional lifestyles and putting it onto mindful living which is especially important in the face of climate change.