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Last updated: February 17, 2013 (1 year ago)
Listing created on: May 6, 2008

Bellbunya Community Association

(Belli Park, Queensland, Australia)

  • Status: Established
  • Formed: 2007  Established: 2008
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Website address: http://www.bellbunya.org.au
  • Phone: ++617 5447 0181
  • Address:

    Belli Park, Queensland, 4562
    Australia

  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes
    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

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes

Mission Statement:

Sustainable community

Community Description:

We are individuals united to create conscious communities, guided by grace, 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 divine 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 influence society in positive ways.

The second is social sustainability and connection. This incorporates facilitating people from different ages, backgrounds and economic circumstances, setting a minimum community size of 12. It incorporates governance that is honouring to all, recognising the need to be heard; and communication and conflict resolution skills.

The third is economic sustainability, which incorporates desirable industry that supports our mission, as well as growing non-currency based internal economies, leading to an eventual grace economy.

The fourth is environmental sustainability, which incorporates food production on our rural site; water gathering, treatment, and dispersal; ecological building design, construction, and refurbishments; and renewable energy.

We host workshops and retreats in areas such as personal and spiritual growth, deep ecology, permaculture, community building and social justice.

Our 40-acre property has full conference/workshop facilities including a hall, restaurant, and suites of accommodations for small and large 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.

Population

  • Adult Members: 12
  • Child Members: 1
  • Percent Women: 50%
  • Percent Men: 50%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments: Spiritual basis, but many paths represented

    Private & public school bus at gate

Social Factors

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Eclectic (integrates pieces from many religions)
  • Education Style(s): Public Schooling

Government

  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments: Sociocracy

    All community members form a core circle

Land and Buildings

  • Housing Provided: Yes, for all or most members.
  • Location: Rural, Rural
  • Area: 40 acres
  • Land owned by: Community controlled land trust
  • Current number of residences: 12
  • Additional Comments: Abundant water supply

    Queensland Charity

    Some parts yes, some eco-village

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Shared Expenses: Little or no share of expenses
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Required Labor contribution: 0
  • Join Fee: 0
  • Regular Fee: 0
  • Additional Comments: Expect 8 hours/week

    Membership fees – please contact us for details

    Food pool, rental accommodation, utilities

Diet

  • Shared meals: Approximately all dinners
  • Current food produced: Between 25-50%
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.
  • Dietary Practice: Mostly Vegetarian
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Additional comments: Aiming for 90% within 2 yrs

    Other food at own expense and preparation

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

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

Fair Housing Laws

Our housing is a single housing unit and requires the sharing of bathroom, kitchen and common space membership/residency may be restricted based on sex/gender in accordance with the law. Our community does not discriminate based on race/color, national origin, religion, family status (i.e. having children, not having children, or being pregnant), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, ancestry, source of income, age, creed, personal appearance, political affiliation, HIV infection, military/veteran status, unfavorable military discharge, gender identity or expression, receiving public assistance, or domestic abuse.

Keywords

premaculture, organic, volunteer, WWOOF, retreat centre, yoga, sustainability

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We happily link to the following organizations, all of whom share our strong commitment to promoting community and a more cooperative world:
Cohousing The Federation of Egalitarian Communities - Communes Coop Community Cooperative Sustainable Intentional North American Students of Cooperation Global Ecovillage Network
Special thanks to the sponsors of our Art of Community Events.
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