Tucked into a bend of the Bellinger River and fringed by subtropical rainforest, Homeland is a medium sized Multiple Occupancy on Darkwood Road, near Bellingen and located in a peaceful, open,and natural environment. Homeland was originally purchased by way of donations and weekly contributions made by all members, prospective members and guests. Homeland adopted a legal structure in 1988 which involved the “transfer of ownership” from the previous trustees to a company and the land is now entirely shared. Most households run on solar power and water from the river, and many people have organic gardens.
The community has a tofu and tempeh making enterprise and receives further income through organic foods and plants sold at the Bellingen Local Produce Market and the local Azalea nursery. In addition, Homeland facilitates occasional Café’s, Workshops and other social events such as the annual Peace and Healing Festival. Community workdays happen weekly on building, orchard maintenance and beautification. Aside from this, there are plenty of opportunity in the Homeland vicinity for bushwalking, swimming, camping and nature appreciation in the surrounding Bellinger River NP, Dorrigo NP and New England NP areas.
Individual members are open to WWOOF-style visitors. WWOOFing is dependent on a mutually amicable arrangement being made on a ‘work for keep’ basis with a member. Members of the community all pay a contribution of $25/week and long term guests are expected to pay an equivalent contribution. The contributions all go into a general pool which is budgeted out to machinery maintenance and purchase, maintenance and development of Community buildings and facilities, road maintenance, amongst other costs.
Membership & Visitors
- Current members: 25
- Open to new members
- Open to visitors
Non-working Guests welcome, Work Exchange welcome, Volunteers welcome,