Goals

Goals

  • Develop an active, vibrant, high quality family-focused sustainable community, with common shared facilities so that people can spend less on their homes and share common resources.
  • Provide modern, high quality, adaptable housing so people can age in a village close to their family and community.
  • Create a community of 50 to 100 homes for families with a diverse mix of demographics.
  • Provide a mix of site and/or housing options to encourage diversity and provide more affordable living options.
  • Provide house and land to enable those with an interest in ecology and sustainability to live in harmony with nature.
  • Demonstrate that sustainable communities can provide financial, environmental, cultural and social benefits in parallel.
  • Provide some suitable accommodation for visitors and those of all ages and abilities.
  • Employ holistic sustainable design by preferencing passive solar design techniques including optimal solar orientation of lots and homes, and people-focused transport networks.
  • Create a resort-type development (not ‘retreat’)
  • Achieve an independent national-leading sustainability rating using a tool such as Green Star Communities

Principles

  • Maximise the quality of life for all residents and the wider community.
  • Facilitate local business and support the ability for residents to work from home.
  • Provide infrastructure to enable resource sharing, to reduce living costs and strengthen social connections.
  • Be 100% self-sufficient for water and create a recycled water network.
  • Provide high quality and optimal community facilities.
  • Use best practice sustainable development principles.
  • Minimise the consumption of resources whilst providing high quality of life.
  • Facilitate healthier living through the production of local fresh fruit, vegetables to provide improved nutrition and maximise the use of productive local soils.
  • Improve the biodiversity of native flora and fauna on the site by 200%
  • Minimise any disruption to existing endangered species.
  • Preference the use of environmentally friendly materials.
  • Provide a safe place for raising children and community living.
  • Respect the cultural, agricultural and historical values of the site, residents and the wider community.
  • Reduce cost of living by focusing on long-term operational costs.
  • Engage local residents and government in the development process.
  • Preference the use of local resources and friends with relevant expertise and knowledge.
  • Become an educational resource for students and professionals through tours and workshops.
  • Work with local universities to study and evaluate the outcomes of the project.
  • Create buildings with excellent indoor comfort and adaptability.
  • Create a sustainable development demonstration project for the benefit of the Wodonga region.
  • Show that living in such a community can improve and enhance the quality of living of people from all age groups with emphasis on positive mental health and mindful living.