Last updated: October 14, 2009 (4 years ago)
Listing created on: September 17, 2006

Light

(Brisbane, Queensland, Australia)

Mission Statement:

ethical enlightened child-safe

Community Description:

I am looking for like-minded people to form an intentional community on the outskirts of Brisbane, perhaps around Ipswich. There are many pretty, hilly, and perhaps, still collectively affordable areas surrounding Ipswich, which is more of an underrated and overgrown country town rather than a city (e.g. Rosevale, located a half hour west, where deceased estate farms are popping up for auction). Some commute over two hours inland to the groovier coastal Byron Bay in New South Wales. While Brisbane—approximately 1 hour away—isn’t that, there’s various cultural and other access to be had, regardless.

I envisage a non-elitist setup, with workable homes in the tradition of solar passive, green energy, ecologically sustainable designs. I see permaculture orchards-in-common if not vegetable gardens, with all plantings based on biodynamic principles. I also see locale-appropriate native and low-water, hardy plantings in uplifting landscapes. Given the water issue, extensive collection/tank infrastructure and composting loos, etc. would be used.

I anticipate a convergence of wholesome, ethical people aspiring/committed to improving health and awareness on all levels. While we may subscribe to different sets of beliefs, respecting others’ beliefs, along with the usual sensitivity to people of varying backgrounds and cultures, is a given. Essentially, it is a place where people create true peace and beauty to live amongst.

A fundamental (and otherwise deal-breaking) value would be the provision and upholding of a safe, nurturing, harmonious, optimistic, creative, and stimulating environment for children. For that reason I do not feel particularly fascist over the issue of canines and felines; and I feel fine if the consensus felt that a nightly restriction was a compromise to the native animal population.

Another core feature is that while, of course, we enjoy our sweet or otherwise toxin-laden treats, I prefer people to be sensible, and aside from perhaps the odd occasion, I want it to be a distinctively junk-free and “numbers and colours”-free food zone (i.e. organic). Ditto for other addictions. This is to be the “island within the island” refuge for those who feel war-weary and alienated by societal norms.

I’m dying in urban sprawl! Is it possible? What’s lost by trying? Whoever feels the same way and is wanting to make the jump, please contact me. Oh and the name, “Light,” was just to fill in the field, so this is just the seed waiting to be germinated. It could be an area-appropriate aboriginal name; better still, their blessing in a smoking ceremony to open.

Population

  • Additional Comments: Home or alternative schooling would be an aim

Social Factors

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Eclectic (integrates pieces from many religions)

Government

Land and Buildings

  • Housing Provided: No, we are a different type of community.
  • Additional Comments: Please contact me if interested

Labor and Money

  • Required Labor contribution: 0
  • Additional Comments: Set up infrastructure, on going maintenance

Diet

  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Somewhat important – there are some dietary restrictions or customs.
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Additional comments: As natural and toxin free as possible
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
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