The Chimneys (Homedale) – a sustainable village

homedae-chimneys-logoKew, mid North Coast of NSW, Australia

The Chimneys (Homedale project) is a 66 dwelling sustainable village is a residential development demonstrating environmental, architectural, social and  economic sustainability while addressing key issues of water, energy, food, transport and community well-being. It will establish new benchmarks for sustainable development in Australia.

Apart from generous building blocks for sustainable homes (average around 650 sq mtrs) this world’s best practice sustainable sub-division will incorporate 8 townhouses, 6 terraces (zoned for Home business) as well as a community hall, tennis court, solar lap pool, walking and bicycle tracks and food growing areas. This 30 acre, beautiful rural setting is nestled by the banks of the Camden Haven river.

The Village is located 20 minutes/23 kms south of Port Macquarie and 35 minutes/50 kms north of Taree, NSW Australia. It enjoys comprehensive transport links (rail , coach and airport) and is close to existing retail, educational, medical, cultural and recreational facilities.

During the planning and development application stage many in-depth studies were undertaken by leading consultants including: agricultural assessment, Aboriginal archaeological assessment, heritage assessment, threatened species assessment (flora and fauna); site contamination assessment, bushfire threat assessment and a geotechnical survey, plus temperature-impact studies.

“ARCHITECT (the late) Ian Bailey believes it is individuals, not governments, who will lead Australia into a low-carbon environment and he’s putting his money — as well as his time, skills and health — where his mouth is. He and his partner, designer Annie Georgeson, have taken on the role of sustainable development entrepreneurs, driving a sustainable village project on the NSW mid-north coast….”   Morris Kaplan, writer The Australian (national Australian newspaper (read full article) .