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Currumbin Hinterland QLD


CONTACT: Ken Jacob @ Ray White Tugun
LINK: http://theecovillage.com.au
EMAIL: ken.jacob@raywhite.com
PHONE: 07 5598 2577 or 0413 865 323


FINAL RELEASE NOW SELLING Never To Be Repeated Opportunity! Surf the Alley. Live in the Valley. This opportunity can never be repeated so close to famous Currumbin Beach! Currumbin Valley's last ever elevated acreage. High on the oceanside ridge of the beautiful Currumbin Valley, just 8 km from Currumbin Beach, there now exists a very limited opportunity. Overlooking 150 acres of green mountain forest and creeks is The Highlands. Build your dream home here and live in harmony with nature, with all your daily needs including... [MORE]

FINAL RELEASE NOW SELLING Never To Be Repeated Opportunity! Surf the Alley. Live in the Valley. This opportunity can never be repeated so close to famous Currumbin Beach! Currumbin Valley's last ever elevated acreage. High on the oceanside ridge of the beautiful Currumbin Valley, just 8 km from Currumbin Beach, there now exists a very limited opportunity. Overlooking 150 acres of green mountain forest and creeks is The Highlands. Build your dream home here and live in harmony with nature, with all your daily needs including shops, schools and transport within minutes. The comm Enjoy elevated acreage living in the award-winning Ecovillage community, set amidst 150 acres of green mountain forests and lakes. Your new pavilion style home at The Highlands includes:unity even features its own swimming pool, playground and café. Currumbin Valley's best ever elevated acreage estate, The Highlands at EcoVillage is now selling its final 13 lots. Located high on the oceanside ridge of the beautiful Currumbin Valley, this land development is only 8km from Currumbin Beach. Build your dream home here and live in harmony with nature, with all your daily needs including shops, schools and transport within minutes. The community even features its own swimming pool, playground and cafe. Overlooking 150 acres of green mountain forest and creeks - Surf the Alley. Live the Valley. This opportunity can never be repeated so close to the famous Currumbin Beach. Be Sure to Register Your Interest Today. (http://rea.colliers.com.au/property-residential+land-qld-currumbin+valley-200401179) Contact The Ecovillage Sales Team for further information on the remaining acreage sites available. Ecovillage: The ecovillage is a peaceful, tranquil haven only 7 minutes from Currumbin Beach, 18 minutes to the Gold Coast Airport and 35 minutes to Surfers Paradise. The ecovillage contains 147 blocks of land ranging from 450m2 to 8000m2. Most are however sold. Some limited land parcels and completed homes are currently for sale. Ken Jacob is a local “ecovillage and acreage” specialist and has sold many properties within the ecovillage over the years. Please contact Ken for more information . Awards The Ecovillage is Australia’s most awarded residential development. This recognition, via mainstream and sustainability awards programmes, is a valuable tool to effect change in the development industry. The Ecovillage at Currumbin, is a project that has as one of it’s “caps” The World’s Best Environmental Development” (FIABCI Prix D’Excellence Award 2008). This highest accolade judged by peers in the development industry was a goal of the Ecovillage team at the outset of planning the project. The project has been acclaimed with over 30 international, national, state and local awards recognising the Landmatters vision – see the Awards List at 2011. (http://ecovillageatcurrumbin.files.wordpress.com/2013/04/awards-list-v12_50511.pdf) About The Ecovillage in Currumbin is a living community that was conceived by a passionate group of friends in the late 1990s. It is now home to over 200 people, several small businesses and an active community that enjoys weekly events at its community hall. These include yoga, pilates, qigong, dancing and may other social event options for residents and guests. The community contains 147 lots over 270 acres of land, in the most southern hinterland of the Gold Coast in Queensland, Australia. The Ecovillage at Currumbin has won over 30 accolades for its design and leadership in sustainability – see the Awards page for more information. At the start of 2013 about 80 homes had been completed. The community’s first residents started their lives in the village in 2006. The land is nearly sold out. A cafe operates from the front of the village and a large community centre contains are large pool, bali huts, large kitchen, library and playground. The centre was constructed from and old dairy that previously existed on the site. The final cafe/bakery building, Reduce/Reuse/Recycle (RRR) Centre and home office units are planned for future. A school and additional community gardens are also planned. To build a house in the ecovillage requires owners and builders to meet specific building codes that encourage sustainable building practices which improve quality of life for occupants and help to reduce on-going operation costs. For example, most residents have little or no electricity bills. The ecovillage is not a religious, arts or organisation based community. It developed organically with people from all walks of life choosing to live in the estate for a range of different reasons. The demographic is widely spread with some young families, older families, singles, travellers and retirees all enjoying the best the village has to offer. Summary: Amidst the threat of global environmental crisis, the challenge of this century is how to live and develop sustainably – in harmony with nature, to foster community and a modern quality of life. Landmatters vision is to “inspire sustainable living and development practice awareness” by creating a residential community that exemplifies World’s Best Practice in Ecologically Sustainable Development. The project comprises a diversity of landscapes and living opportunities and provides for 147 high benchmark sustainable homes on lot sizes ranging from 450 – 8000 sqm. The Ecovillage at Currumbin achieves: Self-sufficiency in energy usage and complete autonomy in water and waste water recycling: 80% of site as open-space, 50% environmental reserve, and the same yield as standard development Food and material self-sufficiency through edible landscaping and streetscaping, household farming and other productive strategies Preservation of natural landforms and rehabilitation of the degraded site’s environmental integrity Extensive wildlife corridors, negligible vegetation loss and extensive native plant regeneration Cutting edge integrated water quality measures to exemplify Water Sensitive Urban Design Cultural Heritage honoured and integrated Mix of socially-oriented innovative ecological, energy efficient housing catering for diverse needs On-site work strategies and facilities for village and local community Waste recycling strategies including an innovative RRR recycling centre Comprehensive traffic saving strategies to reduce vehicle impacts on and off site Well researched administrative framework providing social equity & enduring community integrity Initial and ongoing social planning to foster cohesion and promote sustainable community Continuing education of sustainable living and development practices via the Interpretive Centre Sustainable economic performance both with the development and the ongoing community. The innovative project design has followed a collaborative approach with an extensive and unprecedented Community Consultation program yielding strong design input from indigenous groups, residents, stakeholder groups, referral agencies and the general public. Currently, the final stages of construction approach completion and the project has received an extraordinary market response with over 85% pre-commitment. The Interpretive Centre, officially opened by Qld Premier the Hon Peter Beattie in December 2005, publicly showcases the project’s innovative subdivision design. The Ecovillage is a Queensland Govt Energywise and Waterwise Demonstration Project and involves significant partnership with community universities, industry and various tiers of government. The Ecovillage has won 21 Awards from industry and Government, including the highest honour in the world, the FIABCI (International Real Estate Federation) Prix d’Excellence for Environmental Development. The product of 11 years of worldwide research and design, the developer established a benchmark standard for sustainable residential development, with environmental, social and economic sustainability as its driving principles. The Land The precincts fall predominantly into three main types: The Creek Ecohamlets bordered by Currumbin Creek Road and the pools and cascades of Currumbin Creek; The Valley Terraces gently sloping elevated pasture overlooking Currumbin Creek; and The Highlands, an elevated undulating valley system with its own forested ridges, small creek and views towards the Pacific Ocean. The local aboriginal Kombumerri Tribe kindly help the developer team name the streets, which typically represent local flora and fauna (e.g. Yagoi means Bandicoot in local aboriginal language). The large (110 ha / 270 acre) and magnificent Ecovillage site has a diverse array of topography and features.“Willumbin”, as it was known in recent times, has had an interesting history. This extraordinary site forms an important part of the beautiful Currumbin Valley which, in pre-European settlement must have been an absolute paradise. Located just a few hundred metres upstream from the tidal salt water of Currumbin Creek, Willumbin has a diversity of land forms from creek flats to hillside ridges, an elevated valley and a second water course that surely proved a magnificent home for the indigenous owners who resided in the locality for thousands of years. We have been advised by our cultural heritage consultants that the main ridgeline on Willumbin formed an important ‘foot highway’ from the coast through to lands to the west including rainforest areas of Springbrook and beyond. Apparently, the ridges were ‘public property’ for travellers, whilst the lower lands were tribally guarded and used for hunter gatherings and camping of the local groups. European settlement commenced with timber getting of rainforest species with the valley being a rich resource. This was followed by farming procedures which saw much of the slight sloping land cleared for beef cattle pasture. Banana farming around the turn of the century completely cleared most of the valley hillsides including Willumbin’s slopes leaving only creek vegetation, giant Fig trees, some mango trees and scattered hardwood along the ridge – the Ecovillage land was almost totally denuded. After the banana ‘bunchy-top’ epidemic in the early 1920s and a moratorium on all banana production, dairy farming was resumed on the site. The land was used for dairy grazing with fodder cropping on the creek flats through to the 1980s. There has been much vegetation regrowth since the site was simply used for grazing purposes and The Ecovillage has a comprehensive revegetation plan to beautify the site and enhance biodiversity. In the 1970s the previous owner (farmer) planted a 25 acre native Hoop Pine forest which is now a mature feature. The diverse landscapes of “Willumbin” allowed a site led design to unfold throughout the planning stages of The Ecovillage. As ‘developers’ of the project, Landmatters took on a ‘custodian’ role – believing that the land dictates what is right for where and merely helping others align themselves with that vision. Many principles that protect the land are in place – minimal cutting and filling to position homes, smaller footprints of buildings, leaving the topography and site hydrology intact and working so as to not impact on other areas and increasing of biodiversity on the land – bringing it back to its original state. Revegetation and regeneration have occurred to beautify and coax wildlife to cohabitate on the site – this is why there is a strict ‘no dogs / cats’ policy in the Ecovillage, as required by the local Council. Local residents have spotted over 160 unique bird species on the site, which is a huge increase from those from the farming days due to the re-introduction of hundreds of local indigenous plant species. ... http://www.infolink.com.au/c/Ritek-Building-Solutions/Australian-ecovillage-receives-sustainability-awards-n806190 14 July 2008 The Gold Coast’s Ecovillage at Currumbin, has recently been awarded three prestigious sustainability awards.         The Ecovillage has been acknowledged as the world leader in ecologically sustainable development.  Beating more than 100 international commercial and residential developments, the Ecovillage took out the highest honour in word real estate Environmental Development category at the International Real Estate Federation (FIABCI) Prix d’Excellence Awards in the Netherland’s recently.  In the same week, the Ecovillage was awarded the United Nations Association of Australia’s Environmental Development Award.   The Housing Industry Association (HIA) has just announced the GreenSmart Award for the Australian Building of the year and the winner is, you’ve guessed it - an Ecovillage building, the Living Laboratory Home.   At the heart of the award winning home is the roof, providing many unexpected benefits to designer Will Collins.  Will said, “The owner originally specified the Ritek custom roof panel which I had not incorporated in my designs before.  The roof’s strength allows for large unsupported spans of up to 8 metres and the sleek aesthetic curves complement the Ecovillage’s unique natural environment.  The brilliant cantilever capability of up to half the back span provides protection from the summer sun.  The thin profile and simplicity of construction meant that supports such as purlins and rafters were unnecessary.  The galvanised finish on the roof also ensures high quality water is harvested from the rain and dew.”    As the name would suggest, the award recognises the building’s responsiveness to the environment. The state-of-the-art technology incorporated into its design places the emphasis solidly on innovation and includes smart metering.     The home is owned by the Ecovillage’s Managing Director and founder Chris Walton and his wife Kerry Shepherd.  This self-sufficient home captures the essence of what GreenSmart is about, addressing the full suite of sustainability criteria for a building.    The modern architectural design reflects Queensland’s traditional heritage.  As well as conserving and recycling water, the building incorporates the fundamentals of sustainability which are good orientation, maximising solar gain in winter while also taking advantage of cross ventilation in summer and large overhangs to provide shade against harmful solar rays.  Add to this the latest technology, this Living Laboratory monitors the home’s resource efficiency.   Home owner Chris said “The thermal comfort provided by the Ritek roof helped eliminate the need for air-conditioning.  The roof is perfect for innovative, solar passive design with unobstructed views.”    “I wanted to overcome what I call the ‘inertia of building culture’.  There is a resistance to moving away from traditional project homes which are usually ‘square’ in shape.  They do not take into account solar passive design, so in winter they have bad solar gain and in summer, poor ventilation.  In these days of rising prices in fuel and electricity, these homes will not be economically viable in the future.”   The roof panel incorporates Colorbond Custom Orb sheeting as the lining for the roof for both the top and bottom sheets and is bonded by thermal efficient, 95% recyclable polystyrene.  When reused in its whole form into another home construction or renovation, it is 100% recyclable.   This same house "The Living Laboratory" has also been nominated for  the Queensland Building Designers Association’s ‘Most Sustainable House’ Award.  The winners will be announced on 1 August.   Another of the Ecovillage homes designed by Will also with a Ritek roof, has now been nominated for the Queensland Master Builders Award in the category of Most Sustainable House and the winner will be announced on 19th July.   And if you thought you had heard the last of the awards for this amazing development - think again.  The Highlands , the final stage of the Ecovillage,  the peak 35 lots of elevated prime acreage, is being released next  month.  A few of these lots have now been earmarked for homes to be designed by the industry’s finest, including names such as Gabriele Poole, Will Collins and Paul Witzig. 

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