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Locals Trevor Wills and Ella Rose Goninan have signed up to the Village Development Program at Bruns Ecovillage run by Shane Sylvanspring, right. Photo Jeff Dawson

Local couple Ella Goninan from COREM and Trevor Wills are two of the first participants in the Bruns Ecovillage’s Village Development Program, a comprehensive education and design process for future residents of the Ecovillage and a requirement for living within the planned intentional community.

The pair are excited about being part of the initial design of the village, learning ,

Shane Sylvanspring the co-ordinator of the Village Development Program and Ecovillage Design Educator, is excited about the number of people already registered for the program and the outcomes planned for the VDP.

‘Bruns Ecovillage is an innovative project that has embedded community education in the social design of the village,’ Shane said.

‘The VDP will inform the working group what is needed in the design of the village and will also allow future residents to choose their neighbours and their smaller community clusters, based on their shared values and common interests.

‘No process like this has ever been required for any design of an Ecovillage I am aware of in Australia and is a great way for future residents to be involved in the initial creation of the community,’ he said.

The Bruns Ecovillage Village Development Program will run over five weekends in a 12-month period in Mullumbimby and include guest speakers, field days, training, activities and design based on subjects recognised internationally as essential for sustainable community living and particularly what is planned for Bruns Ecovillage.

For more information on the Village Development Program and the Bruns Ecovillage itself, two public information days will be held at Mullumbimby Civic Hall on Saturday August 13, 1-3pm and Sunday August 14, 12 -2pm.

People can register for the Village Development Program including their interest in living at Bruns Ecovillage at www.brunsecovillage.com.au

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