Bellbunya Community Association

Belli Park, Queensland, Australia

  • Last updated: May 4, 2017 (3 weeks ago)
  • Listing created on: May 6, 2008

Mission Statement

We are exploring living in ways that are spiritually, socially, environmentally and economically sustaining, whilst sharing and engaging with the world.

Community Description

We are individuals united in seeking to create conscious community that are havens liberating and nurturing the potential of all through social equity, integrity, courage, transformative growth, collaborative enterprises, and celebration and care of the planet.

In December 2008 we created a four-bottom-line intentional community / ecovillage on the Sunshine Coast hinterland at Belli Park, near Noosa, to model sustainable community living.

The first bottom line is personal transformative growth and the recognition of the connection that exists in all of us and our planet. The community thus has a spiritual, though non-denominational, basis. Our intention is fundamentally outward focused, with the intent to interact and contribute to society in positive ways.

The second is social sustainability and connection. This incorporates facilitating people from different ages, backgrounds and economic circumstances, setting a community size of 12 or more. It incorporates governance that is honouring to all, recognising the need to be heard; and communication and conflict resolution skills. We have clear processes in place to give transparency.

The third is economic sustainability, which incorporates the community’s stability as well as desirable industry that supports individual economic sustainability. We also seek the growth of non-currency based internal economies.

The fourth is environmental sustainability, which incorporates food production on our rural site; rainwater harvesting, treatment, and dispersal; building design, construction, and refurbishments; and renewable energy. Overarching this is respect and care of the natural country of which we are the current stewards.

Our 16 hectare (40 acre) property has conference/workshop facilities including a hall, restaurant, and suites of accommodations for small groups. We welcome enquiries for holding workshops and retreats that further our sustainable and ethical practices.

We are also open to additional community members at this stage. There may be building sites and rental spaces for like-minded people who share our vision and have the energy and enthusiasm to see this project through.

  • Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
  • Started Planning: 2007
  • Start Living Together: 2008
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Please read the details in Membership below before contacting this community. Send Message
  • Website address: http://www.bellbunya.org.au
  • Contact Name: Joan McVilly
  • Phone: +617 5447 0181
  • Community Address:
    114 Browns Road
    Belli Park, Queensland, 4562
    Australia
  • FIC Membership

    Since 2016
    This Community is an FIC Member
  • Location

About

  • Type(s): Ecovillage (organized around ecology and sustainability)
  • Programs & Activities: Volunteer, Internship, or Apprenticeship, WWOOF’ing, Guest Farming
  • Location: Rural

Housing

  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 16 hectares
  • Current Residence Types: Room(s) in a house or building, studio cabins
  • Current Number of Residences: 12
  • Planned number of residences: 7
  • Planned Residence Types: Room(s) in a house or building, Lots to build on
  • Housing Provided: Purchase, Rental
  • Land owned by: Community controlled Association
  • Additional Comments:

    Off-grid water supply (dam, collected rain water, bore if necessary)

    Registered Deductible Gift Recipient as Environmental Organisation

    Existing buildings have rooms/studios for rent. According to processes, building lease purchase allows building of cabin (maintenance fees apply).

Membership

  • Adult Members: 12
  • Child Members: 1
  • Non-member Residents: 4
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    Casual visitors are welcome. We have have a range of accommodation available at affordable rates. WWOOFing/volunteering is also available. Visit our website for information about coming events, accommodation options, volunteering opportunities. Go to www.bellbunya.org.au

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    All decisions regarding membership (beyond 28 days) are made by the Bellbunya Community Circle and can be initiated as a request/application or as an invitation.
    Those staying longer than a month may be invited to take part in BCC meetings.
    *A sponsor/mentor is allocated for each member (after first month for up to a year)
    *reviews are held by the BCA at 1 month, 3 months, 6 months and thereafter annually for all members.
    *sponsors can check in with candidates using the Community Commitments (see website) for reporting/feedback, at the intervals indicated. BCC reviews can be held at the BCC meeting closest to the intervals stated.
    *You may be invited to become a Full Member after at least 6 months membership. A $5000 membership fee becomes due. ($8000 for couples) Your level of participation, personal contribution and responsibility will increase as will your opportunity to affect the direction of Bellbunya. At the same time, some costs will decrease.

  • Additional Comments:

    Spiritual basis, but many paths represented. Dogmatism is foreign. Those who have done personal “work” feel most at home.

    Private & public school buses near gate

Government

  • Decision Making: Modified Consensus (everyone agrees, with some exceptions or fallbacks.)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    Consensus (not unanimity) is always sought.

    Sociocratic principles are used when numbers allow

    All community members contribute to decision-making although the process for proposals requires time .

Economics

  • Join Fee: $4000
  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Regular Fee per Month: $500
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 8
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes (some debt)
  • Additional Comments:

    Expect at least 8 hours/week (doesn’t include sared meal roster, meeting attendance). Commited community members generally don’t count!

    Membership and other (rental) fees – figures above will vary with exchange rates and space rented

    Food pool, utilities are extra although economy of scale operates advantageously!

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We use both systems.
  • Current renewable energy generation: 50-75%
  • Energy sources: Solar, Clean Energy from the Grid
  • Planned renewable energy generation: Almost All, around 90%
  • Current food produced: Between 26-49%
  • Planned food produced: From 50-75%
  • Food produced locally: From 50-75%

Lifestyle

  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Vehicle Share, Library, Workshop, Outbuilding(s), Swimming pond or pool, Large Scale Kitchen, Tractor & Farm Equipment, Stage or Auditorium, Fire pit, Internet, guest accommodation at low cost
  • Internet Available: Yes, community provides it
  • Internet Fast?: No, it is slow.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for some people.
  • Shared meals: Approximately all dinners
  • Dietary Practice: Local (food sourced within 150 miles), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), Mostly Vegetarian, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Somewhat – there are some dietary restrictions or customs.
  • Special Diets OK: Yes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Tobacco Use: No, this community does not permit tobacco use.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    Restricted diets may be catered for within the food pool budget (other than meat). Other food choices are at own expense and preparation

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Eclectic (integrates multiple religious or spiritual beliefs), resistance to dogmatic beliefs)
  • Education Style(s): Up to each family or individual
  • Healthcare Options: Up to each family or individual
  • Additional Comments:

    We recognise that community living is both exciting and challenging. It offers great opportunities to grow, connect, live sustainably and make a difference in our world. We create it with our shared intentions. To help us make it happen we have created the following personal commitments (see full text on website).
    1. Personal responsibility and integrity
    2. Creating a safe space
    3. Proactively building relationships
    4. Being present and connected with myself and others
    5. Doing my best to learn and grow
    6. Creating and joining in opportunities for fun, joy and celebrating diversity
    7. Shared leadership and making decisions with the wellbeing of all in mind
    8. Seeking to make a positive difference
    9. Bringing issues/conflicts into the open (with the people concerned) and working towards reconnection, understanding and resolution as soon as possible.
    10. Being open to receiving the support and guidance offered by others
    11. Offering solutions for problems that I present
    12. Acknowledging and valuing others

Additional Comments

Settled on land in December, 2008

1 December 2008

Renewal phase 2017

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

The Fellowship for Intentional Community (FIC), Global Ecovillage Network (GEN)

Keywords

permaculture, organic, volunteer, WWOOF, retreat, yoga, sustainability, conscious, heart, aware