Bend Neighbourhood has been created by the Bega Eco-Neighbourhood Developers Inc. which was a not-for-profit Incorporated Association that formed in December 2002. It aimed to purchase a particular site on which to develop a working ecologically and socially sustainable urban housing neighbourhood where people of diverse socio-economic status can flourish.
This is essentially complete. Much has been done and achieved - explore the relevant tabs above to see how our various project teams and objectives progressed.
Living at Bend
Since buying the site in 2004, the developer BEND cared for the land and nurtured the vision of an eco-neighbourhood through to fruition. Upon finalising the sale of one-third of the subdivided blocks in March 2009, ownership of the overall community title lot legally passed to Bend Neighbourhood Association (NA) and the Management Statement (see Resources tab) came into force over the 21 building lots.
The Neighbourhood Association had its inaugural Annual General Meeting on 2 May 2009, ending a transition period in which BEND the developer and Bend the neighbourhood shared some responsibilities. Office bearers and ‘focus group’ members were appointed, who will continue to oversee the care and development of Bend. BEND remains involved both as an interim owner of the Affordable Housing lots and while it completes included works such as the building of a Neighbourhood House.
To contact the Neighbourhood Association, email the secretary onbendNA(at)bend.org.au or write to the NA at PO Box 715 Bega NSW 2550.
The Bend Land
The land purchased for the BEND project is situated on the northern edge of Bega, with approximately 2.5 hectares available for residential development, allowing subdivision into 21 residential blocks.
This is an ideal site to collect and utilise solar energy and water and create a highly productive landscape based on permaculture principles. The blocks, ranging in size from 570 to 920 m2, are relatively small by Australian standards, with as many as possible opening to agricultural and conservation areas to the north.