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Published on Oct 9, 2009
Here's a summary of some of the amazing things I saw when I visited Crystal Waters (sorry about the dodgy camera work folks). This community consists of 85 households, around 200 residents and is widely considered one of the most successful Australian Intentional Communities. It is located North of Brisbane and holds ties in trade and spirit to it's nearest town of Maleny. Crystal Waters boasts it's own bakery, Permaculture veggie patch, swimming dams, bamboo and wood plantations, general store, fire brigade, cemetery, communal dvd collection, cinema, venues for courses and health retreats, market day and pub night. Many residents here are strongly connected to world beyond community as they utilise the internet to run various small businesses selling a plethora of ethical products. The Eco-village is focused on outreach and education so it's quite easy to explore Wwoofing, staying in luxury or budget accommodation or by taking a guided tour. The eco-friendly houses here are a sight to behold and vary from the most simple 'circle-on-a-page' design to elaborate masterpieces of green architecture. I noticed that in some Intentional Communities there was a strong expectation to participate in community but the large population base here means the energetic residents can become highly involved and others feel free to step back. There are some communal commitments such as the annual levy for weed control on communal land which can be paid by weeding! Bi-laws prohibit the use of chemicals being used on the land to protect their organic certification. There is a no cats/dogs agreement here and 30km/h speed limits around the village means kangaroos lope everywhere, bird life abounds and it's hard not relax. Crystal Waters is a great example of how Eco-Villages can work well! To learn more or see properties for sale, visit: http://crystalwaters.org.au/