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A rare opportunity for multiple occupancy in Central Vic

Birrith Birrith* is an appropriate development for the Hepburn area – close to the permaculture home of David Holmgren and Su Dennett. The owner, Maureen, is a life-long permie and is looking for a group of permaculturists with vision to buy this hectare with three dwellings and a shed/studio/workshop, set amongst useful, beautiful trees, a woodlot that provides timber for building, furniture and fuel.

The dwellings are passive solar and made from local and low-energy materials. The land has a good northerly aspect. The long-term vision for the land is to support a community of people living together, sharing a sustainable lifestyle. All buildings were built with the possibility of being living spaces with minimal changes.

David Holmgren will be a speaker on those tours, as will I.

Maureen’s work in house energy rating and passive solar design education (as partner in Solar Sisters), manifested in the building of four passive solar buildings:
• main mud-brick house (built 1992),
• double storey studio (1997),
• 12 x 10m workshop shed (2004) with 3-phase power,
• 9 x 6m studio shed (2010).

Birrith Birrith has been part of the loosely defined permaculture precinct in Hepburn for 23 years. A group of permaculturally-minded folk could enlarge and continue this permaculture precinct, and extend the region’s leadership in resilient, low footprint living. New owners with ideas for home based work and food-production will make this investment a viable and sustainable life option.

The property is located at 8 Fifteenth Street, a few minute’s walk from Melliodora. A group could move in and, having saved themselves 10 [or more] years of setup work, get on with their own projects straight away.

The package includes ~130,000 litres of water in tanks, a tool shed, a mobile chook house (on a trailer), the original blacksmith’s shed, veggie gardens, fruit trees, a woodlot that provides ongoing fuel for space heating and stove cooking, a poly-tunnel for tomatoes, etc. which also houses the composting toilet, equipment and tools if required, and a small covered caravan that provides extra accommodation for visitors or WWOOFers.

Stephen wood work for web

Price is $785,000. Shared amongst a group, it becomes an affordable opportunity. All reasonable offers will be considered. Zoned residential, there is potential for any number of additional dwellings, but with the four substantial buildings already there, Birrith Birrith is ready for family groups to move in.

For an inspection or more information contact:
Maureen Corbett – [email protected] and phone 03-5348 2592 or 0447 196 948

The first of two open days is in 10 days.
There is an open day on 27 Sep which is repeated 3 Oct to give maximum opportunity to see the place.
David Holmgren will be a speaker on those tours, as will I.

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* in the Woiwurrung Language [Melbourne area] “birrith birrith” means “plover”

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