John Waters has emailed us about his evolving Base Camps Conservation Network project. He says most of his days are spent researching other ‘intentional communities’ trying to get it right, especially the legal aspects.
There are hundreds of thousands of people with a passion for environmental conservation, bush regeneration and fauna protection who exist in cities and towns and who would love a ‘tree change’.
Cohousing and eco-villages are an option but for many older people – like John – the cost is beyond their scope. For a variety of reasons they have no savings and face living on an aged pension or disability benefit for the rest of their lives – just enough to survive. Many are obliged to live with all the problems and the insecurity of rented accommodation.
John currently lives at the Aratula Caravan Park where he is working on establishing a network of communities that provides affordable accommodation for people living on a fixed income including Centrelink Pensions and Benefits.
Having researched a lot of intentional communities in Australia and overseas, John has come up with his Base Camp idea which allows members a wide range of locations that they can move between or stay as long as they wish.
A not for profit foundation will hold all property and improvements in trust for the mutual benefit of the environment and the members. It will operate under Caravan Park and Mobile Home Park legislation.
It is anticipated that members will join a group activity and volunteer their energy for a few hours a day participating in something they are passionate about.
Some already established community title or multiple occupancy communities have social problems, John notes, largely because there are not enough members to provide a wide enough range of experience and abilities.
There is also the risk that some individuals will dominate decision making processes which can cause communities to fail.
Contact John Waters: Mobile 0409 646 993, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Let us know how it all goes John?