Bend is an eco-neighbourhood in Bega, a small town on the far south coast of NSW, Australia.
Bend has been designed using permaculture principles, and we value environmental sustainability, social diversity, food production, and energy conservation. Our homes include passive solar design, composting toilets, rainwater tanks, and solar hot water.
As a community we share conservation areas and certified organic agricultural land, as well as neighbourhood fire-fighting, photovoltaic, and greywater recycling systems.
Our neighbourhood house includes a gathering area, a kitchen, guest accommodation, and a communal laundry for all to use. We enjoy coming together for regular meetings (where we make decisions by consensus), monthly shared dinners, and the occasional party!
There are 18 households currently living at Bend, including 10 affordable rental homes, with 9 other blocks yet to be built on or completed; our growing community living on-site includes 24 adults of all ages, and 19 children and teens.
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