Eco Dreamers: The Cape Patterson Ecovillage story.   Recently updated !


Exciting Networking Event:

Eco Dreamers: Cape Patterson Ecovillage Visit. 

Meet Brendan Condon, Project Director of “The Cape” (formerly the Cape Patterson Ecovillage) in Victoria, when he talks at the Narara Ecovillage (Visitor Centre) on Saturday 12 May 2018, from 3 to 5 pm.

       

Brendan is visiting the Narara Ecovillage as he, like us, wants to build networks with like-minded projects. “Unless we work together, we will never get anything changed!”, he said. Brendan is very keen to learn all about the wonderful Narara project.

The timing is right for this visit: Narara Ecovillage is now planning the second stage of its  development, and is once again scanning planet for the latest best idea and practice. The Mayor of the Central Coast Council, Jane Smith, has asked the Ecovillage to document as many examples as possible of eco-community developments.

Brendan will talk about:

  • The Cape: a 220 home, zero-carbon eco-development
  • Designing and building homes with 9 and 10 star energy rating
  • Why the architectural plans for their high energy rated homes are free
  • The value they see in offering pre-approved designs, bulk-costed house designs
  • Their experiences of being an eco-developer
  • Their Community Garden that captures up to 3 million litres of rainwater and will provide $140,000 of produce per annum.
  • Their weed-reducing wicking beds
  • Brendan’s ecological restoration company, with consulting, landscape, maintenance and fire services divisions, and its nursery and extensive seed bank, that had produced its 30 millionth plant by 2013
  • Biofilta stormwater management systems
  • The business partners that make their development possible
  • Why Brendan imitates frog calls
  • And more!

Places are limited, so book your place now, go to: https://eco-dreamers.lilregie.com/

Admission costs $30, or $15 for members of the Narara Eco Living Network (you can join online anytime at:http://neln.org.au/join-us/application-form/).

For further information, contact Joan on 0478 636 033 or Richard at: info@neln.org.au.

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Program.

3 p.m. Brendan Condon, Project Director of “The Cape” (formerly the Cape Patterson Ecovillage) in Victoria, will present the story of The Cape’s 10 year development, before the Narara Ecovillage responds with a short version of its own story.

4 p.m. following a short tea break, the seminar will then address the question: “Can ecovillages, working together, move government planners towards more sustainable development?”.

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Find more info about Brendan at:

Real Estate Perspective 2017.

https://www.domain.com.au/news/it-costs-3-a-year-to-run-a-house-in-victorias-most-sustainable-community-20170610-gwmy6e/

Sydney Morning Herald 2009.

https://www.smh.com.au/environment/a-man-of-heart-determined-to-make-a-difference-20090306-8rhh.html

Fifth Estate. 2011.

https://www.thefifthestate.com.au/articles/cape-paterson-report-claims-major-payback-on-sustainability

CSIRO Evaluation and review of Cape Patterson and ecovillages general .

http://www.ecosmagazine.com/?paper=EC12172

Gardening Australia (ABC TV) story:

http://www.abc.net.au/gardening/factsheets/my-garden-path—brendan-condon/9441056.