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A conference of community groups, civic leaders, academics, thought leaders, experts and businesses with the broader community.

A HOLISTIC DISCUSSION ABOUT THE FUTURE OF LIVING IN ENVIRONMENTALLY SUSTAINABLE, REGENERATIVE, ECONOMICAL AND SOCIALLY CONNECTIVE COMMUNITIES.

A unique event discussing the latest technologies, emerging models and approaches covering the many opportunities and challenges in relation to the future of living in regenerative communities, with leading speakers, expert panel discussions, Tiny Houses on display, and with live performances and music.
View the speakers list below, and get to know the topics.

Keynote Speakers

SANDY BOLTON MP (Noosa) • State Member for Noosa, Queensland Parliament

Housing Affordability & Community

For over 25 years, Sandy has lived, worked and raised her three children in our community, residing in Kin Kin, Pomona and now Cooroibah with her partner, four times world lawn bowls champion, Ian ‘Shoey’ Schuback OAM.

 

Sandy has been engaged in a wide range of roles including an NDIS project manager for disability service provider Sunshine Butterflies, a founding member of Innovate Noosa, a Director of the four local Bendigo Community Banks and Community Advisory Council Member of the Sunshine Coast Primary Health Network.

DR BRIAN STOCKWELL (Noosa) • Councillor for Noosa Shire

Designing with Nature – Eco Villages Noosa Style

As a Noosa Councillor Brian Stockwell chairs the Shire’s Planning and Environment Committee.  He is a passionate advocate for ecologically sustainable development.

In his 30 years' as a planner, environmental manager and ecologist he has helped Councils and community groups win a number of state and national awards. He believes the Noosa planning philosophy goes hand in hand with innovative eco village developments that blend nature, knowledge and nurture.

 

As a counter culturalist involved in the Down to Earth Movement in the 70’s, the concept of eco villages is not new to Brian, having stayed at several alternate communities in the latter part of that decade.  His first abode in Noosa was a ‘tiny house’ on a block donated to the local Permaculture group. Brian’s passion for sustainable futures drove his academic interest which culminated in PhD research investigating sustainable agriculture and local food systems in catchments along the Queensland coast.

New Zealand born Bryce Langston is emerging as an International YouTube Celebrity with his channel Living Big in a Tiny House now attracting well OVER 1 MILLION subscribers - he may as well be described as the Jamie Oliver of Tiny Housing. Bryce is also a film producer and television star, and a musician.

 

“I love the concept of marrying tiny architecture and permaculture to create a wonderfully sustainable living concept that is simple for others to follow.”

The YouTube series is dedicated to downsized, eco-friendly living. Tiny Houses, Small Space Design, DIY, Permaculture, Minimalism, Off-Grid Living. It is an important project for Bryce, as it symbolises another step towards a way of life that is more congruent with his values and passion for protecting the earth.

Bryce has worked as a permaculture consultant for the British Council, and also established an urban food forest on Auckland’s North Shore.

Sustainable Communities Consultant

Ben is one of Australia’s leading sustainability professionals with more than 20 years of experience in the property sector. Ben practices what he preaches, living in one of Australia’s most awarded communities The Ecovillage at Currumbin.

He will present a 12-year Case Study of the Ecovillage’s challenges and triumphs, whilst delivering tips on how to design, build and operate a (more) environmentally sustainable community. 
Ben’s award-winning sustainable house “Yagoi100” is energy positive and 100% self-sufficient for water and an integral part of the Ecovillage-wide tours he provides.

 

Ben, aka ‘Mr Sustainability’ is a Director of Ecomplish Sustainability, Smart Urban Villages and a former Bond University lecturer in Sustainable Development. He is an Assessor for the Green Building Council of Australia, for the Green Star Communities rating tool.

Morag Gamble lives a permaculture life with her family at the UN World

Habitat Award-Winning Crystal Waters Ecovillage near Maleny, Australia.

How A Truly Sustainable Way Of Life Looks Today

Morag is an urban permaculture and community garden pioneer and ambassador in Australia.

She has has reached millions through her online permaculture platform Our Permaculture Life.

She co-founded the incredibly successful Northey Street City Farm permaculture community

farm on the immediate northern outskits of the Brisbane city CBD, and also founded the

Australian City Farms and Community Gardens Network. She led the first women’s

permaculture course in Indonesia, the first permaculture design courses in the Bahamas,

South Korea and Hong Kong, and the first ecovillage design course in Italy. 

 

She is happiest teaching barefoot, hands in the earth, feasting her way around permaculture gardens, sharing meals and exchanging deep knowledge about regenerative ways of living and about real food and plants that is held in oral traditions

from all cultures. She has been invited to share her experiences on five continents - along with her recent trip to Africa.

Keynote Speakers

DR BRIAN STOCKWELL (Noosa) • Councillor for Noosa Shire

Designing with Nature – Eco Villages Noosa Style

As a Noosa Councillor Brian Stockwell chairs the Shire’s Planning and Environment Committee.  He is a passionate advocate for ecologically sustainable development.

In his 30 years' as a planner, environmental manager and ecologist he has helped Councils and community groups win a number of state and national awards. He believes the Noosa planning philosophy goes hand in hand with innovative eco village developments that blend nature, knowledge and nurture.

 

As a counter culturalist involved in the Down to Earth Movement in the 70’s, the concept of eco villages is not new to Brian, having stayed at several alternate communities in the latter part of that decade.  His first abode in Noosa was a ‘tiny house’ on a block donated to the local Permaculture group. Brian’s passion for sustainable futures drove his academic interest which culminated in PhD research investigating sustainable agriculture and local food systems in catchments along the Queensland coast.

BEN O'CALLAGAN - Smart Urban Villages

Sustainable Communities Consultant

Ben is one of Australia’s leading sustainability professionals with more than 20 years of experience in the property sector. Ben practices what he preaches, living in one of Australia’s most awarded communities The Ecovillage at Currumbin.

He will present a 12-year Case Study of the Ecovillage’s challenges and triumphs, whilst delivering tips on how to design, build and operate a (more) environmentally sustainable community. 
Ben’s award-winning sustainable house “Yagoi100” is energy positive and 100% self-sufficient for water and an integral part of the Ecovillage-wide tours he provides.

 

Ben, aka ‘Mr Sustainability’ is a Director of Ecomplish Sustainability, Smart Urban Villages and a former Bond University lecturer in Sustainable Development. He is an Assessor for the Green Building Council of Australia, for the Green Star Communities rating tool.

Morag Gamble lives a permaculture life with her family at the UN World

Habitat Award-Winning Crystal Waters Ecovillage near Maleny, Australia.

How A Truly Sustainable Way Of Life Looks Today

Morag is an urban permaculture and community garden pioneer and ambassador in Australia.

She has has reached millions through her online permaculture platform Our Permaculture Life.

She co-founded the incredibly successful Northey Street City Farm permaculture community

farm on the immediate northern outskits of the Brisbane city CBD, and also founded the

Australian City Farms and Community Gardens Network. She led the first women’s

permaculture course in Indonesia, the first permaculture design courses in the Bahamas,

South Korea and Hong Kong, and the first ecovillage design course in Italy. 

 

She is happiest teaching barefoot, hands in the earth, feasting her way around permaculture gardens, sharing meals and exchanging deep knowledge about regenerative ways of living and about real food and plants that is held in oral traditions

from all cultures. She has been invited to share her experiences on five continents - along with her recent trip to Africa.

MC - TIM BURNS

Master of Ceremonies (NZ)

Bio’s are funny things. Particularly when Tim writes about himself it is kind of like a Word version of the Selfie.  He is in love with his partner Mandy and has been for 20 years or so. In truth, he says that he is much better at loving her now, than he was at the start. He wasn’t really good at loving then. They have now 2 kids who, as he writes this, are pretty awesome. But if you were to ask him that when they’ve left the light on again or left their wet towel in a moulding mess on the floor, his thoughts turn differently.


Tim Burns is our irreverent Reverend, fantastic, funny and plausibly serious MC for our Event - a hard act to follow since he joined us for thevery first Tiny Houses + Eco Villages Seminar (August 4, 2018) so we thought it was safer to invite him back. We can't wait :)

Supplied own bio and pics.

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Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia.

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