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We aim to develop a database of resources and practical information related to cohousing and eco-villages, and making them happen.

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Introduction to Cohousing and Ecovillages

Posted by Sustainable Living Foundation (SLF) | 21 February 2009

Cohousing and ecovillages are a significant part of the solution to Australia's housing crisis, addressing the crucial issues of affordability, ecological impact and community building.

Cohousing and ecovillages are small, mainstream, residential projects facilitating and intentional way of living together and doing it better. They include the following features:

Distinctives of cohousing

Posted by Anthony Kidd | 28 February 2009

Cohousing began in Denmark in the early 1970s. People were looking for an environment with more community than the suburban neighbourhoods being offered at the time. It was a reaction to the suburban neighbourhoods we all know where each household lives on its own island, many people do not know their neighbours and the motor car is king.


Proposed legislative changes

Posted by Mark Snell | 24 February 2010
The NSW Government is currently reviewing two pieces of legislation relevant to owner-builder co-operatives: A proposed Cooperatives National Law and the Home Building Act.

Comment on the National Cooperatives Law is being accepted until this Friday, February 26. Comment on the Home Building Act is being accepted for a further three weeks, until March 19. Links to both proposals are listed under "Have your say" on the NSW Fair Trading website at

Hi from Homeland Community - 30 years of community experience - what would you like to know?

Posted by Homeland Community | 22 July 2010

In 1977, like many others, I was enchanted with the archetypal New Age community, Findhorn. On a sandspit in the middle of the North Sea amazing things were grown, people conversed with the spirits of plants and the whole place was governed based on guidance channeled directly from God. Paul Hawken's book, 'The Magic of Findhorn' and David Spangler's, 'Revelation: The Birth of the New Age' were the starting points for immersing yourself in the magic and mystery of the New Age. Was this the dawning of the Age of Aquarius?

Common Myths about cohousing

Posted by Anthony Kidd | 3 September 2010

Cohousing units don't have their own kitchen

Units in a cohousing neighbourhood are much the same as any other, whether they be detached houses, townhouses or flats. Each one has it’s own kitchen, bathroom, bedrooms and living spaces. Cohousing units are often smaller than traditional houses because it is not necessary to use space on facilities which are in the common house, however this is not universally so. The kitchens and bathrooms in cohousing developments are much the same as traditional housing, although are usually designed better.