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-distributing small co-operative, the RTBCC is limited to 32 shares, which can be jointly or individually owned.

Each share entitles its owner/s to a long-term lease of an area of 1500sqm for the purpose of building a house and a kitchen garden within guidelines.

Living independently of each other, shareholders come together for various activities e.g.

  • land management

  • social get togethers

  • monthly management

  • projects

  • involvement with various other organisations and

  • flora and bird walks

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© 2017 RTBCC.

© 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.