Buy land in Tassie, create a land trust, & start an intentional eco community/art space/music school/collective

When I was a teenager, I woke up one day having had the most amazing dream:  I lived in an eco village, with small earthships that seamlessly blended in with the surrounding environment, with fruiting trees and bike paths between houses, with a giant communal kitchen and dining hall/community theater space in the middle of the village where people shared meals and talents and led workshops and co-created.  People would have their own small spaces to retreat to and enjoy, but the resource use/plan of the space would encourage people to cook collectively, to collaborate artistically, and to rehabilitate the land.

My goal this year is to get 15-50 people together, each of us chip in between $10,000-$15,000, and to buy a huge plot of land down in Tassie to slowly turn into this eco village over the next 10 years.

The land would be in a community land trust, which means that the individuals living on it could build on it within certain parameters, but if you sold your house, you wouldn’t be able to sell the land.  Decisions about how many houses could be built and what could be built would be by consensus (we would use non-violent communication and Quaker decision making (https://qandb.org/resources/publications/ethics-at-work/quaker-methods-for-decision-making) for making choices that affected the whole community), and we would host workshops to raise funds as we built towards the goal of a sustainable community.  The first few years would be devoted to planting fruiting trees and rehabilitating bushlands (if we bought some previously logged land we could even cut down the pines to use as timber for houses and re-plant natives and re-build the soil and whatnot), and prioritizing building communal spaces like the commercial kitchen, art workshop/tool space and dining hall/presenting space, and then as everything developed, we could build our own homes as each person was able to afford it.

Land is cheap down in Tasmania right now, and it’s only going to get more expensive as the world gets hotter and people are forced to the peripheries of the world to be comfortable.  The other place we could do this is New Zealand, but it’s more expensive for most of us to get there and involves more work (I think).  I wouldn’t rule it out though if that’s what more people wanted.

Note:  this could also be a potential site for future Newkind festivals 🙂

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6 thoughts on “Buy land in Tassie, create a land trust, & start an intentional eco community/art space/music school/collective

  1. I absolutely love this idea. I’ve been dreaming about building a regional community arts centre for a long while now, your concept builds on that idea amazingly.
    I’d love to help out, I can be particularly useful in the creation of the arts space, having worked as admin and technician in just about every arts space in Sydney and a large number of regional ones, I have a comprehensive idea of what is needed in these kinds of spaces and also of things that are frequently done poorly or just plain wrong in the creation of arts spaces.

  2. This is a fantastic idea, and is one that was actually talked about during the festival! I live in Tasmania and would love to help out. Unfortunately I have no funds to contribute (I recently graduated from uni and am yet to find work so I’m a tad poor) but I could definitely help in other ways. However by the time this goes ahead I’d likely have the money to contribute my share.

  3. Jodie Barry says:

    I would definately be interested in this. It’s what I’ve wanted to do my whole life. The only reservation that I would have is that I couldn’t live in this type of environment unless it was vegan.

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