These draft ideas are like conversation starters for the founding group to use as we collectively decide how we want to live together. They will become firmer once we are through the RECRUIT and WORKSHOP phases, but always subject to revision by the community.
We buy in bulk to minimise packaging and mimimise single-use plastic (towards zero but not militant)
No large plastic play equipment/toys
Avoid use of both soft and hard plastics, where possible (soft packaging, hard single-use bottles, and even multi-use buckets, kitchen containers, etc.)
Kitchen scraps and garden waste
Where practical, we share items/gadgets/tools
Buy as little as possible
Buy second-hand items where possible
Repair, repurpose, or manufacture rather than buy
Governance and Management
Consensus-based decision making / sociocracy
Community participation in collaborative teams, e.g. kitchen, garden, maintenance, cleaning and admin
We live in a bushfire prone area and we must have and adhere to a village fire plan
Transport and Reducing Fossil Fuels
We use hand or electric tools rather than fuels
We walk and cycle as much as possible
We use public transport
We share cars, which are electric / hybrid as much as possible
Car parking is limited to the entrance or extremities of the ecovillage
The central part of the village is car free, with the emphasis on encouraging incidental engagement between community members
Alcohol and Other Drug Use
Residents are responsible for their own bodies, health, safety, and choices. That being said, residents must agree to consider others in their choices and behaviour. For example, smoking is discouraged, and it is banned in communal areas.
Nudity / Loud Music / Behaviour Norms
Community needs to discuss and come to consensus on behaviours that impact others
Different zones may have different norms, e.g. the library, study and co-working spaces are quiet, the dining room is generally very social during meals, and the gym, dance and music spaces are louder.
Internet & Technology
We envisage that many residents will want to “work from home” so a reliable internet connection will be provided in the co-working and study areas.
We do not have TVs in shared spaces, except for in the “theatre” but TVs in personal rooms are ok
Limits may be placed on the use of screens during meal times and/or during community interactions
Dishes are washed after every meal and everything is put away, benches wiped
In shared spaces, everything has its place and is put back in its place after use
Guidelines about personal / collective responsibility will be necessary to avoid conflict and maintain a respectful attitude to others
Storage limited to each resident's personal room
Limited storage in the community toolshed, workshop, etc.