December 4, 2017

Early Co-op members were so determined not bring weeds onto the land that they dug by hand the first house site for fear of machinery bringing in seeds from outside the area. The sheer hard yakka of that task modified the thinking and earthmoving machines subsequently...

December 4, 2017

The trees to be removed are marked. The site is ready to be excavated

Before you get to this stage you’ve been through:

  • becoming a member of the co-operative (a saga in itself and another blog topic)

  • choosing, negotiating and purchasing a site

  • watching the...

December 4, 2017

Round the Bend Conservation Co-operative Limited is a unique community living in a bush environment and sharing the experience of managing the integrity of the 128 hectares of dry foothills forest.

It was formed in 1971 by a group of people who thought that a community...

December 4, 2017

Many Round the Bend Conservation Co-operative members have photographed the stages of building their mud brick houses and will share their experiences through this blog and Victoria Collections.

Building a mud brick house

Excavating a site by hand!

December 4, 2017

House in the bush.

The idea of a residential national park, where people live as custodians of the land, appealed to Round the Bend Conservation Co-operative members.

Early documents and articles talk of living in harmony with the land, and creating a model for future co...

December 4, 2017

Different aspects of the surrounding bush inspire us every day.

This section of the blog shares them with you.

e.g. every day looking out my window I have this sense of space. I hear the calls of the birds, see the changes in the natural world and feel the complexity of...

December 4, 2017

Is there no privacy?

Spotted from my balcony as it bathed in the pond.

The lease for Round the Bend Conservation Co-operative shareholders stipulates no domestic animals but the wildlife is prolific  and great to observe.

December 4, 2017

Welcome to Nillumbik Shire’s best kept secret.

Have you heard of the Round the Bend Conservation Co-operative ? If you have you are in a minority.

Just as in the 1970’s when the co op was founded the reaction is still …..”Oh that’s the hippy commune started by Neil...

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© Images supplied by Sirion Pierce

We thank the following for images used on this website: Frank Pierce, Sirion Pierce, Kay Hawkins, Neill & Karyn Kamminga and other members of Round the Bend Conservation Co-operative.

We acknowledge the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nations as the Traditional Owners of the land on which the RTBCC stands. We respectfully recognise Elders both past and present and endeavour to demonstrate this respect by managing this unique land and protecting its integrity.