Formed: 1985 Established: 1988
This page last updated:4/5/2013
Crystal Waters Permaculture Village
(near Maleny, approx 11/2 hrs from Brisbane , Queensland)
Crystal Waters has been designed from inception according to the principles of permaculture by Max Lindegger, Robert Tap, Barry Goodman, and Geoff Young. It is a wildlife sanctuary where dogs and cats are banned and people really do try to live in harmony with nature. Eighty percent of the 640 acres are owned in common, and these are a mix of terrains: the clear waters of the Mary River, serene lakes, open grasslands, timbered hills and gullies, and, increasingly, pockets of rain-forest trees planted as part of the community's passion for reforestation.
The idea was that people should be able to operate from home, and many businesses operate from here, e.g., foresters, mail-order businesses (books, organic gardening supplies), carpenters, builders, an electrician, permaculture course providers and consultants, nurseries, caterers, craftspeople, architects, entertainers, a baker, bed-and-breakfast and homestay accommodations, furniture manufacturers, and ecovillage designer.
Crystal Waters won an award in the 1996 World Habitat Awards and was a finalist in the 1998 Best Practices Awards. Many innovative ideas in building, wastewater, water, agriculture, and nature conservation are evident. The model has proved attractive to the relatively mainstream as well as an alternative market. Crystal Waters is the home of the Award winning Eco Center. About 240 live now in the village.
Community location is placed at the center of the zip/postal code, city/state, or city/country (not based on street addresses)
This page last updated:4/5/2013
Visitor Process: Write or ring. Don't bring a dog, please. Visitors are requested to make prior arrangements before visiting.
Statement of Housing Non-discrimination:
Our community does not discriminate in regards to housing based on race/color, national origin, religion, sex/gender, family status (i.e. having children, not having children, or being pregnant), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, ancestry, source of income, age, creed, personal appearance, political affiliation, HIV infection, military/veteran status, unfavorable military discharge, gender identity or expression, receiving public assistance, or being the victim of domestic abuse.
Our community does not provide land or housing and is therefore not subject to fair housing laws.
Members(adults and children):
(as per Community Titles Act)
Leadership Core Group:
(Body Corporate Committee and Coop Directors)
Labor and Money
Land and Buildings
640 acres (259.0 hectares)
Land Owned By:
(mix of private and common ownership)
Percentage of Food Grown:
Share Community Meals:
Dietary Choice or Restrictions:
Diet is up to each individual
(smoking not permitted within buildings)
Common Spiritual Practices:
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