We began Digger Street eight years ago as a living social experiment in working out ways to live outside the traditional urban/consumerist model. Digger Street asks each participant – Engage in the communal processes of those who have lived here before. Be actively involved in learning new ways to provide food, pay bills, use technology in a way not achievable in the Single Unit House.
This group approach allows each of us the greater privilege of having more time to pursue what is really important to one’s personal self whether it be arts, environment or community building. Some terms that might apply to Digger Street, New Urban, Co-Hosting, Intentional Community, Artist in Residence and yes, that old perennial Commune.
During 2013 Digger Street broke up into 3 separate projects listed below. This is the beginning of our efforts to expand the space as a neighbourhood service centre supported by residents and neighbours. *T-House* – the service house for the project broadening its view to be of service to our neighborhood. The goal being a neighbourhood funded neighbourhood house *Revitalise 101* – Reversing a derelict house from certain slow decay to uninhabitable into a functioning house for the neighbourhood – aiming for an arts/tech house *344Sheridan* – Our Community Garden Space which now makes garden plots available for neighbours
For more information http://diggerstreet.com/
Further information on intentional communities
The website www.equilibrium.org.au provides co-operative living information for Australian intentional communities. It provides information and support for people living and wanting to live in co-operative communities and other intentional communities. These include ecovillages, cohousing communities, residential land trusts, communes, student co-ops, urban housing cooperatives, alternative communities and other situations where people live together with a common vision. Here you will find resources for starting a community, finding a community home, living in community, and creating more community in your life.
Examples: Narara Ecovillage http://equilibrium.org.au/coophousing/
Illabunda eco-village http://www.illabundavillage.com.au/