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Last updated: August 11, 2013 (11 months ago)
Listing created on: September 5, 2007

The Beyond Community

(Minbun, Queensland, Australia)

  • Status: Re-forming
  • Formed: 2007  Established: 2007
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Contact Name: Bood Hickson
  • Phone: +61-429-121-212
  • Address:
    PO Box 712
    Minbun, Queensland, 4886
    Australia
  • This Community is Re-forming

    Ballintaggart

  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes
    Please drop an email with any questions you might have or to arrange a suitable time to visit, to Bood at bood@tpg.com.au

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes

Mission Statement:

Creative & meaningful living

Community Description:

The ‘Beyond’ Community gracefully appreciates how privileged we are to share space and desire to live in harmony with Mother Earth and Father Sky.

We are re-forming our community; mindful of the joy, achievements, challenges and lessons learnt from the Ballintaggart Community (2007-2012).

The key objectives remain, to build more sustainable and joyful lifestyles, by sharing mutual goals, which include developing individually and collectively our spirituality, knowledge and wisdom while increasing our self-sufficiency.

Our community is located on a beautiful 200 acre property in the hills behind Cairns and the Coral Sea, in tropical North Queensland (Australia). We are surrounded on three sides by rainforest wilderness, with magnificent views of the Atherton Tableland and Queensland’s highest mountains. Any 3 acres of these rainforests has more life forms than Europe or North America.

The ‘Beyond’ Community seeks to build strength and resilience through diversity, with an emphasis on respect, sharing, healing, and self-realisation.

A commitment of 20 hours per week by every adult* (18-54) towards income generation, shared activities and processes is expected in return for a beautiful place to live, accommodation, organic food, clean air and water and opportunities to develop resilience enterprises that utilise our skills, facilities and natural resources.

* Contributions by or for children or elders assessed on a case by case basis.

Six community working groups include, Community, Health, Administration, Recreation, Governance and Enterprise.

Community activities seek to build social cohesion, that realises our community’s shared values, objectives and aspirations.

Health looks after our physical and mental welfare, which includes tending our organic gardens, orchards, plantations, rainforest and livestock.

Administration manages daily affairs, budgets and maintenance programs.

Recreation coordinates cultural, artistic, musical and nature based activities.

Governance processes are critical to the success of any community and include transparent decision making and conflict resolution processes.

Enterprise seeks ways that add value to our resources, skills and talents.

People seeking to join the ‘Beyond’ Community can apply for membership.

Send names, dates of birth, experience, skills, what you hope to give and gain from joining our community, along with questions or other information that you might like to share to bood@tpg.com.au

Population

  • Adult Members: 3
  • Child Members: 2
  • Non-member Residents: 3
  • Percent Women: 0%
  • Percent Men: 100%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments: but they are not enforced

Social Factors

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Paganism/Earth Religions
  • Education Style(s): Public Schooling

Government

  • Decision Making: By a council, group of Elders, or leadership group
  • Identified Leader: Yes
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes

Land and Buildings

  • Housing Provided: Yes, for all or most members.
  • Location: Rural, Rural
  • Area: 208 acres
  • Land owned by: A subgroup of community members
  • Current number of residences: 2
  • Additional Comments: can accommodate 14 at present

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: Partial share of income
  • Shared Expenses: Partial share of expenses
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Required Labor contribution: 0
  • Join Fee: No
  • Regular Fee: No
  • Additional Comments: 20 hours per week

Diet

  • Shared meals: Approximately all meals
  • Current food produced: From 50-75%
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Not at all important – people may eat however they individually choose.
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals)
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.

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Community Network or Organization Affiliations

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.

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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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