1st February 2019
Construction is proceeding well on Stage 1 of The Paddock, with seven houses and the community centre now taking shape.
Building begins October 10th 2018
A brief interview with Justin Furgeson of FNG Group, Commercial and Domestic Builders.
Construction begins 5th June 2018
Part two of an Interview with Remi Rauline project manager at The Paddock Eco Village with Neil Barrett, Co-Developer.
Remi explains the process of beginning the construction.
Part one of an Interview with Remi Rauline project manager at The Paddock Eco Village with Neil Barrett, Co-Developer.
Remi introduces the Paddock concept.
7th May 2018
Neil Barrett introduces what is happening.
News release: 7/5/18
Planning approval obtained
The development was approved for planning purposes in November 2017. Several councillors, including the Mayor at the time, praised the project as exciting and needed by the Shire.
Official council endorsement of our plans was received by our project team in March 2018.
Those buyers of houses in Stage 1, completed a 4 part series of half day workshops early in February this year. Various consultants attended and gave us their advice on a range of topics, including water use, waste, energy, landscape architecture and how it creates community, the owners corporation and its rules and how to best manage the fruit and vegetable growing area. . We also learned a great deal from the six participants as their feedback had a significant influence on aspects of the development, including the garden shed layout and design and our decision to incorporate art studios in it.
Stage 1 sold
All seven houses in Stage 1 have been pre-sold to people who will all make a valuable contribution to the Paddock community. They include people involved in medicine, libraries, nursing and drug and alcohol counselling.
In April this year, we conducted a survey of those who have expressed interest in The Paddock over the past 11 months since our launch In May 2017. We were rapt to find that Interest in Stage 2 and later stages is very strong, to the point where, if the bank were to agree, we could proceed with Stage 2 now with 100% pre-sold. But it looks like we will have to wait, so that people can’t be officially signed up until well into this year. We will keep you posted on this. In the meantime we are still taking in expressions of interest in Stage 2, 3 and 4. See our website for details.
Recent media coverage
Our academic adviser, Dr Dominique Hes of the University of Melbourne, Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning appeared on local ABC radio’s morning show on 23rd April. Dominique spoke about the Living Building Challenge and investing in nature which are particular interests of hers as well as features of The Paddock. Dominique hopes the The Paddock and Bull St developments in Castlemaine will usher in big changes in land development in Australia.
Land clearing starts
On 23rd April, the sad but necessary task of tree felling began in order to make way for houses and gardening. Trees were cut into logs to provide seating and habitat round the Paddock or chipped to provide mulch, in fact a mountain of it.
Early in May the house and sheds will be demolished and earth moving will commence in order to make roads, paths and house pads and to render harmless a section of soil contaminated by Chilean Needlegrass. (The normal practice in land development is to simply spread noxious weeds over and beyond the development site, so we’re pleased with what we’re doing in this respect). Overall, about 1,000 cubic metres of soil will be temporarily removed to land next door, with most, if not all, of it being put back later.
Construction of the 7 houses and the 125m2 community centre in Stage 1 will start in June and be completed by April 2019.
The Midland Express: 17/4/18 2 page article on Neil and Heather Barrett and the Paddock development
Renew, the magazine of the ATA: March 2018 4 page article on The Paddock. See; http://renew.org.au
Domain: 10/12/17 Green light: The Castlemaine ecological village half a century in the making
Midland Express: 27/11/17 Eco village gets green light Read more
News release: 6/9/17 Local waste experts at Paddock workshop
One of the aims of The Paddock eco village in Reckleben Street, Castlemaine will be to reduce waste to a minimum. At the first workshop for aspiring members held last Saturday, local experts, Bill Grant of Blue Environment, Lucy Young of the Hub Foundation and Chris Hooper of the Castlemaine Repair Cafe, showed participants how it could be done. To the usual 3Rs of reduce, re-use and recycle, a fourth was added: refuse. This relates to the current campaign of the Hub Foundation and others to encourage people to actually refuse to take plastic bags from retailers.
Lucy, Chris and Bill also discussed the potential for cutting waste by bulk buying and reviving the old practice of getting things repaired instead of throwing them away as soon as something goes wrong. The Castlemaine Repair Cafe is a great new local innovation
Another speaker during the day was Damien Moyse of the Alternative Technology Association. Damien showed how the 8.5 star rating of the houses combined with 16 solar panels on the roof will mean that the community will produce more energy than it will consume.
The workshop is one of four which aim to introduce Paddock members to the eco village concept and the philosophy behind it, to provide feedback to the project organisers on a range of issues and to allow people to design their houses with the architect Geoff Crosby of Crosby Architects. The second workshop will be on the use of shared land and buildings such as sheds, laundry and community centre. The third will discuss participants’ expectations for their private spaces (both the internal living areas and private gardens) and at the fourth workshop the project team will present a proposal to address the expectations and needs raised by participants in workshops 2 and 3, including customised plans for each participant’s home.
The organisers hope to obtain planning approval in the near future and to commence earthworks and building early in the new year.
If you are interested please contact the Project Manager, Remi Rauline on 0481 255 990.
The Fifth Estate: 09/06/17 Castlemaine grows its eco hotspot reputation with second Living Building Challenge project Read more
Bendigo Advertiser: 19/05/17 Eco village to be all-solar, cars to play less dominant role Read more