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On the couch - "Community building" with Mark Snell

posted 19 Sep 2012, 18:54 by Kestrel Maher

When:             Sunday afternoon, 23rd September, from 2pm
Where:             Bellbunya Sustainable Community & Eco-Retreat Centre, 114 Browns Road, Belli Park
What:             “On the Couch” with Mark Snell – discussing “Creating a strong, hinterland community”

There is no doubt that living in the hinterland is living in a slice of paradise.  In contrast to this, we face the tyranny of distance and isolation.  Added to this is the high cost of rural living from a financial and land-maintenance perspective.  Do co-operatively based communities offer a solution?


Leading Melbourne speaker on co-operative communities, Mark Snell, is at the Bellbunya Sustainable Community on 23rd September, where he will lead an “on the couch” discussion from 2pm-4pm.

 Mark will be exploring questions such as what is a co-operative economy?  Is there a role for social enterprises to build strong local community? What role can intentional communities play in relocalisation?

 Mark Snell is chairman of Equilibrium Community Ecology Inc, a community-based non-profit eco-village group on the NSW Central Coast, which operates an online Co-operative Living Information Service ( A co-founder of the   Moora Moora Co-operative Community Ltd in Healesville Victoria, a community settlement co-operative that remains successful after more than 30 years, Mark is passionate about co-operative living. He is honorary editor of a local newspaper in NSW.

 Everyone is welcome, cost is by donation. The discussion will be followed by a tour of Bellbunya Community. Questions and bookings can be directed to Karyn Maher at Bellbunya on 54470181 or email