-Our end of year celebration, Friday Dec 2nd, from 6-8pm. including a commentary from those that will provide content.
-Earthen masonry "mud" building weekend workshop Dec 3rd and 4th.
-Welcome to Penny by Stina.
Also, it has come to our attention that the newsletter which we send out via Mailchimp is not reaching most people’s inbox and therefore not being opened. It gets ushered away into various email folders such as social or promotions, so this is not ideal. If you are getting the email no problems and you know why or how then let us know. If anyone knows a better way to distribute our newsletter, then let us know.
Saturday Dec 2nd 6pm-8pm End of Year Event - Program
6.00 - 6.30 Musical mud stomp (come early 6.00 start!)
6.30 - 7.00 Info Session Topics
7.00 - 8.00: Q and A and refreshments.
Musical mud stomp by David
Make sure you come early and on-time on Friday, 5.30-6pm sharp! to attend our interactive musical mud stomp performance to mix mud with our bare-feet to the sounds of live music in front of those that want to be the audience. The clay-sand mud mixtures will be formed into bricks and/or used to build a little wood fired stove (on Saturdayand Sunday) Think of it as a celebratory, theatrical show - a fantastical portrayal of “breaking ground” on a construction project, where we are all the players. Bring your imagination, your friends and your family. Note: Adolescent youth, the magical hybrid of adult and child, have been the most highly prized in this methodology previously. Sign them up. Music and drums are essential. If it ends up sounding more cacophonic than melodic, that’s ok. The goal is to break the norm and have some fun. Please let me know if you can be involved in making this performance a success and if you would like to attend the workshop on the following Sat and Sun where we will continue finishing our stove, decorating it and cooking on it and planning the next steps. Email me- firstname.lastname@example.org
Since Sun Villages is required to have an outdoor BBQ area we are considering using festive earthen masonry methods to do this. For more info see www.mudfunaustralia.com
Dec 2nd Event Info Session content
6.30-7pm (10 mins each topic)
Construction Design Measures, by Garry.
The topics I would like to talk about on Dec 2nd are:
- how Sun Villages will function as an energy integrated structure.
- how we will harvest the heat from the whole building fabric and distribute it within the units to deliver grid energy savings for everyone.
-how the centralised hot water systems will work in concert with the open fireplace which will also supply heating to the common areas.
-the models for car sharing that we will offer to enable residents to access vehicles without needing to fund the redundancies of car ownership.
Investor Readiness from Lauren.
Whereas previously interest in Sun Villages has come from friends and family and friends of friends via word of mouth, we are now in the process of taking our offer to the general public which requires that we become compliant with the government agency ASIC. Our legal advise has been to get our own Australian Financial Services License (ASFL) and work on our Product Disclosure Statement to make it more readable. We are currently determining exactly how long it will take to get the ASFL and as soon as I have a definitive answer will let you know. I’m aiming to have something to report by Dec 2nd.. Meanwhile, we are determining the best way to get the word out, to find the rest of the residents that want to live at Sun Villages Queanbeyan upon completion. The more residents we have signed up ahead of construction, the more attractive the offer will be to investors. We know we have a unique, cutting edge "social impact" product that is a win-win for both investors and resident-investors, and one that no other organisation operating in this space has anything quite like. You early investor-tenants that have already committed to this project deserve unreserved praise. Without you this would only be a dream. Your vision has made this project a reality. Please continue to share your vision with others. Bring your friends, family members, associates and interested parties to the function, so that we can get a groundswell of interest and spread the word, and eventually attract the media attention this project deserves. We look forward to seeing you and yours Friday December 2
Sun Villages and OWLs, by Penny
The synchronicity of the universe works in mysterious ways. I had moved to Queanbeyan from the ACT and had walked past Sun Village more than a thousand times without knowing what it actually was. A friend sent me a link to the website and I investigated. I was elated to find that Sun Village provides the best solutions that I have seen-after thorough searching- to the problems faced by O.W.L.s the group that I have been advocating on behalf of. O.W.L’s are older women lost in housing and more info about them can be found at my website. https://www.pennycarpe.wordpress.com I look forward to meeting everyone on Dec 2nd to share more of my story upon Stina’s request.
Welcome Penny, by Stina
Penny, the founder of OWLs (older women lost in housing) is another miracle and it is totally wonderful to have yet another active person on our team - with such a passionate and broad based skill set.
Years ago I was aware of the problems faced by single mum's who are divorced and have a lump sum of money that they can't buy a home with, and no banks will lend to them - my solution was to form a company with these woman and buy places and do them up (value ad). We were able to do this because Garry and I had the borrowing capacity and were a catalyst for the company (in the early 2,000's). It certainly proved that people could act and work together in SYNERGY, but it was NOT repeatable - there had to be an even better solution - and that became the present upgraded Sun Villages model! Women - especially baby boomers - with not enough super to support themselves in old age and eventually are unlikely to be able to afford rent - even on a pension - these type of people form the social group that are promising to be the next recognised social crisis - there is a predicted tsunami of them!
These people are a proud group, and not really visible within our society - eventually they will be unlikely able to even support owning a car as they will have used their bulk capital to do so.
There are other candidates for this housing crisis as well.
So Please, if you know of anyone who looks as if they are a potential candidate - tell them about Sun Villages. If they get into Sun Villages now - then the clock will stop for them on the housing market and they will be able to put themselves in the drivers seat of their lives in a way that we have not seen previously in Australia.
I have a passion for this class of people as 40 years ago I was a single mum and there were no supporting parent pensions. I lived on my little farm in a caravan and built a little 12x12 foot room from the small amount of money I had. I had to get my own food – not buy it - I traded for some things such as help to kill my meat (I grew my own and could fully butcher a carcass), the use of a cow and a bale in which to milk her, and grew what food I could along with 4 acres of potatoes and half acre of corn that I hand planted (for income) in land ploughed by a borrowed tractor I had traded the use for by working in the wool shed with another woman - our kids in a playpen in the corner made of wool bales! When the first pensions came in I thought I was in heaven and started building my own solar house - I was proud, and determined to help myself and even though I had my future well planned - fate stepped in.
Well, time brought with it the unexpected and I finally find myself working with the most amazing group of people who also have a social conscience and an awareness of the social challenges that will be faced by a growing number of people. Again I beg you, if you have a social conscience please become aware and look out for these people - we all know someone who could fall into this category in the future - introduce them to the Sun Villages model - bring them along to the fun musical mud stomp and talks on 2nd Dec 2016. This action packed 2 hours will be very informative and also inspiring. Come meet some of our founding members who are each one of the miracles that enabled this vision to manifest. See you there. Light and Love, Stina.