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Cape Ecovillage launched

THE Cape Paterson Ecovillage project team and builders hosted a public launch and detailed briefing on the project on Sunday at the RACV Resort, Inverloch.

Official group: the team behind the Ecovillage and supporters, from left: Tony O’Connell, director of TS Constructions at Wonthaggi, Bass MLA Ken Smith, Ecovillage director Brendan Condon, Ashley Beaumont of Beaumont Concepts and Ecoliv Buildings at Wonthaggi,and Dave Martin of Archiblox, Wonthaggi.

Official group: the team behind the Ecovillage and supporters, from left: Tony O’Connell, director of TS Constructions at Wonthaggi, Bass MLA Ken Smith, Ecovillage director Brendan Condon, Ashley Beaumont of Beaumont Concepts and Ecoliv Buildings at Wonthaggi,and Dave Martin of Archiblox, Wonthaggi.

The briefing was followed by a visit to the Ecovillage site and information centre at Seaward Drive in Cape Paterson.
Bass MLA Ken Smith officially launched the project. In his speech, Mr Smith commented the Ecovillage has taken 11 years to bring to reality, which is a testament to the commitment of the project directors.
The village demonstrates sustainable housing, solar energy and water conservation, and will show how Victorians can build beautiful homes that are comfortable and have low running costs and a light environmental footprint.
Mr Smith explained he has supported this project from day one and was delighted to officially launch the project.
Project director Brendan Condon said: “We were very happy with the turnout of the event, with a good attendance from locals and people travelling from Melbourne and the Latrobe Valley for the launch.
“We appreciated the support of Ken Smith and our local builders TS Constructions and Archiblox.
“The huge amount of upfront work we have invested in good sustainable design has helped our builders to eliminate the premiums normally associated with sustainable housing.
“The homes will be comfortable in all weather, generate their own energy through grid connected solar energy systems, and have 10,000 litres of water storage.
They will have very low running costs compared to conventional housing. The house and land combinations at the Ecovillage will be on par with quality properties in Cape Paterson. The project has been priced at great value.
“All of these features are proven, reliable and will help residents cope with a future of rising energy and water costs and climate change. The features protect people’s comfort levels, household budgets through lower bills, their resale values in future, and the environment.”
Mr Condon continued: “The builders from respected local companies TS Constructions and Archiblox are now in a position where they can work with residents to design and construct a beautiful house on any home site in the village, to the unique requirements of the homeowner, while still meeting the sustainability benchmarks and guidelines of the Ecovillage.”
Tony O’Connell, director of TS Constructions, said: “The Ecovillage is no doubt the way of the future. TS Constructions will be constructing demonstration houses at the village and as a sign of support for the Ecovillage, if we have 10 houses starting within a close timeframe in stage one, we will offer a significant discount to these first 10 homeowners. We look forward to a continued association with the project.”
Following the launch at the RACV, attendees headed to the Cape Paterson Ecovillage site in Seaward Drive, Cape Paterson, and walked the site.
The project team took the opportunities to explain the other features unique to the Ecovillage, including more than 50 per cent open space, kilometres of walking and cycling paths, restored habitat and wetlands, community gardens, ocean views and nearby surf and swimming beaches.
Mr Condon said: “If you missed the launch and are keen to find out more about securing a home site at the Ecovillage, feel free to call our team on 1800-701-471 or email us at info@capepatersonecovillage.com.au, or visit the onsite information centre at Seaward Drive, Cape Paterson each weekend between 11am and 2pm any weekend from now to summer.
“You can also contact our local agents Stockdale and Leggo, through their branches in Wonthaggi or Cape Paterson, to organise a site visit.”

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