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 used were washed before entering the Round the Bend Conservation Co-operative’s land. Unfortunately this is one practice that has not continued. Is that why we’re starting to battle weeds on Co-op tracks today?
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 sun rise and set during different seasons (because this influences your house orientation) designing an environmentally friendly house running your plans past the building committee applying for a planning and building perm
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 settlement would be an active and positive way of preserving the Australian bush on a small scale. It does not aspire to self-sufficiency. Registered under the Victorian Co-operation Act (2014) as a non-distrib
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!
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 communities interested in conservation. This concept is embraced in Round the Bend Conservation Co-operative purpose to this day. Follow the development of the Co-op as it unfolds……. The Pre Co-op Scene Forward
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 the ecosystem in which we live. It promotes a stillness and peace.
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.
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 Douglas isn’t it?” ?” or “So ….. you grow your own food and have cows and goats?” The word co-operative conjures preconceptions and misconceptions in most people’s minds. Interestingly attitudes to the word Co oper