Green Place, also known as Dulaiwurrong Village, is an intentional community and eco-village in the heart of Eltham, Victoria, Australia. The foundations of the village are to celebrate the true essence of Eltham, establish an intentional community, sustainable buildings and a sustainable lifestyle. The land is situated west of Railway Parade, Eltham, adjacent to the Diamond Creek and consists of 2.2 hectares (5.5 acres). The close proximity of the town centre and railway station provides the opportunity for a car-free lifestyle. The land is gently undulating; and will drain into Diamond Creek via a series of constructed wetlands.
Some of the other key aims for the village include:
- Enhancing local native bushland environment and caring for the creek;
- Drawing on the wisdom and experience of the local aboriginal tribe, the Wurundjeri people, including the acknowledgement of relevant site-specific totems and animals;
- Creating resourcefulness through applying permaculture design principles, including a fruit and nut tree-lined roadway and community vegetable gardens, wise water collection, use and conservation, and sustainable home design;
- Creating an intentional cohousing community - a place in which people can connect and enjoy the company and support of like-minded people;
- Applying architectural design that honours the pioneering history of natural building in the Nillumbik Shire.
In the footsteps of the local pioneers we intend to create a leading-edge concept, a community project that integrates sustainability at the core and provides an inspiring living model for others to draw upon for years to come.