Tiny House Possibilities

On Friday May 12th Humaneity Founder Mark Philpott spoke at a Local Government event in Brisbane hosted by Urban Utilities. The event brought together various risk managers from across many council districts for one of their regular focus group sessions.

During his speech Mark spoke about the possibilities of using the Tiny House movement to create positive educational and social outcomes.

After eight months the Humaneity team of volunteers has designed, and is now building a Tiny House in collaboration with All Trades Queensland at Shailer Park. Much has been said about the development of the sector, the pending legal challenges to locating Tiny Houses in our communities as well as the cost of these small dwellings.

It is just the beginning for the Tiny House movement in Australia and we are sure that there is going to be significant development, innovation and education continuing in this sector for many years to come.

 

 

Sustainable Living And Tiny House TV Show

On Wednesday April 19th at Tafe Coomera a live audience participated in the first Humaneity Television Q&A show called Sustainable Living and Tiny Houses. Our wonderful Moderator Michael Croaker magnificently managed proceedings as our fabulous Panel that included leading architect Philip Follent, Tiny House designer and builder Lara Nobel as well as Sustainability expert Anne Kovachevich and property renaissance guru Ian Ugarte all contributed to a lively and knowledgeable dialogue about the pros and cons of sustainable and minimalistic living.

Throughout the evening guests asked questions of the panel which often lead to intriguing responses, some even emotional as the plight of the current housing crisis in Australia was unpeeled layer by layer.

The show which was put together from a collaboration between Humaneity and Tafe Coomera team members offered the large audience that turned up a very intellectual alternative for a mid week event.

The first in a series of Humaneity Television productions the Sustainable Living and Tiny House show left many of the those in attendance with a great deal of food for thought as everyone grapples with the notion of how much do we truly need to be happy in this life.

Rotary Joins Forces With Humaneity

Several Rotary Clubs came together recently in support of the Humaneity Tiny House Project. Thanks to Diana Traversi of the Currumbin/ Tweed Rotary Club a special night was organised so that Humaneity Founder, Mark Philpott was able to share with the audience the Humaneity Tiny House journey.

After the severe weather events that ravaged many parts of Northern New South Wales and Southern Queensland a substantial audience turned up to the event which enabled many of the audience, who also included the Federal Assistant Minister for Vocational Education and Skills, the Hon Karen Andrews to ask questions about the potential of Tiny Houses in our Community’s.

Local Councillors were also present at the event, where there seemed a genuine interest about the future when it comes to building Tiny.

The night ended with many of the Rotary Club members showing an interest in supporting the Humaneity project as it moves forward.

ABC Radio Interviews Humaneity

The ABC Gold Coast Radio station recently interviewed the Founder of Humaneity, Mark Philpott about the organisations Tiny House Project. In the interview Philpott said, ‘ The Tiny House Movement in Australia is really gaining momentum. There are several Facebook Pages that have healthy followings, and plenty of Youtube video’s out there for people to watch on designing, and building Tiny Houses’.

When asked by the interviewer if he thought that Tiny Houses were the answer to Australia’s housing crisis, Philpott responded. ‘Look there are many benefits and advantages from building and living in a smaller space. Australia has the largest house footprint in the world per capita. I believe we all need to live more consciously for the sake of our environment, our cities and our souls.

The Humaneity You Tube channel now features Episode One of its Humaneity Inspired Living Show where viewers can follow the progress of the building of the Humaneity Tiny House which is a collaboration project that commenced in 2016 at Helensvale State High School on the Gold Coast.

You can listen to the radio interview here by clicking the link below.

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All Trades Queensland Joins Tiny House Project

In a recent announcement Humaneity has welcomed All Trades Queensland to join as a build Partner on the Tiny House project. This Partnership means that students and apprentices from All Trades Queenslands Shailer Park facility will get to work on the Humaneity Tiny House project as part of their course.

Mike Bareham, General Manager Training at All Trades Queensland says,’ The Humaneity Tiny House project is a great opportunity for our students at All Trades Queensland to gain greater experience working on a real world project. The students will also benefit knowing that the Tiny House will be used for a positive social impact in our community when the build is complete.’

The Tiny House build at All Trades Queensland will begin on May 2nd, 2017. It is expected to take around five weeks for the Tiny House to be built. The 18.75 sqm home will be built on a dual axle trailer that is seven and a half meters long, by two and a half meters wide.

Founder and CEO of Humaneity Mark Philpott added, ‘ We are thrilled to welcome All Trades Queensland to this project as it truly is a perfect fit. It has always been one of our aims of this journey to include as many young Australians as possible in the design and building phase of the Tiny House project’.

Humaneity has commenced loading videos on it’s YouTube channel that will share with viewers the many interesting steps of building the Tiny House as well as the products and innovations that are going into the home. You can view these videos at www. m.youtube.com/user/Humaneity

 

The Day We Went To Buy A Town.

On Thursday February 23rd, 2017 a group of random strangers came together to spend a fantastic day traveling to and from a Central Queensland town called Allies Creek. A real estate advertisement for the sale of the small town in the middle of nowhere had caught the eye of a few intrepid souls. United by a common theme, that was to venture off into the unknown to explore the property, and then to set about dreaming about what it could potentially be turned into.

The group hit the road from the Gold Coast shortly after dawn. The wonderful not for profit organisation FSG had kindly provided the mini bus in which we all travelled together. Our dedicated driver, Gary, made sure that the 863kms that we would travel during the day was done in the safest possible manner.

On board the mini bus we had students, people interested in architecture, town and urban development, sustainable development, permaculture, property investment, tv production and even singing.

Once settled into the rhythm of the Warrego Highway the group on the bus got to know each by sharing their backgrounds and reasons for coming along on this trip. The further we headed west the more we explored about each others past, present and plans for the future.

We arrived at our destination at 851 Mill Road, Allies Creek just 23kms east of Monogirilby some seven hours after leaving the Gold Coast. The last part of the trip had seen an end of the tar sealed road. Gary, our driver, expertly drove us down a twenty kilometre stretch of winding, dusty, bumpy gravel road until we came upon the oasis that is Allies Creek. Nestled between acres of trees, a street of houses, a few water tanks, a vacant saw mill, and a small dam this idyllic little setting struck everyone on the bus with a large degree of surprise.

Soon after stretching our legs after the long journey we stood around as a group and listened carefully as the real estate agents who had been awaiting our arrival explained to us as much as they knew about the property.

We then as a group ventured off around the tiny, yet fascinating little town to see what gems it may be hiding. The sixteen houses in the town were small quaint mining type cottages. All were being kept in reasonable condition to the surprise of many of us. The remnants of a tennis court was over grown by weeds, yet there was still signs of a cute little club house that still stood beside the run down tennis court.

Our first visit inside one of the dwellings on the property also took us by surprise. We didn’t find a run down ant infested structure, but a tidy little place that had previously been used as a school room.

We went from one dwelling to the next. Soon we were standing inside the towns community hall, church and present day table tennis club. Our group was already throwing around ideas on potential business opportunities for the town as well as ideas on how to get people excited to come and visit this far away place. All along a drone buzzed above our heads making a video memory of our trip.

Soon we were standing in the huge vacant de-commissioned saw mill. Large machinery stood silent and looking sad. Waiting for the day when they could be once again fired back into life. Then it was onto the nearby dam. There two ponds sat side by side. One was fill of ducks each pond adding to the tranquility and serenity of the property.

After a couple of hours of exploring the town, and quick goodbyes to the real estate agents we boarded the mini bus for the long journey home. As we re-traced our journey we spoke our individual truths about what we had seen in the town and whether or not we wanted to be part of some greater development opportunity.

The consensus was that Allies Creek while a lovely little oasis in the middle of nowhere did take us all by surprise, the fact that it is absolutely in the middle of nowhere prevented any serious intent from anyone on our trip to take this opportunity any further. As the sun set and we all dived into a packet of fish and chips on the way back to the Gold Coast, and to reality, we all reflected on what had been a great day out. As they say, ‘nothing ventured, nothing gained’.       

By the time Gary pulled the mini bus into the car park at FSG ,and we all unpacked our bags from the trip there were some pretty tired souls on the bus. We said our goodbyes, locked things up and headed off on a separate ways into the night.

It had been a great day out, an opportunity to dream big, to see something different but above all else to spend a day in the presence of some great human beings. Thanks to everyone who made the effort to come along. Thanks to Gary our driver for a sterling effort behind the wheel.

Let’s see where the next adventure will take us soon. Stay tuned.

Humaneity Inspired Living TV Show

In early February 2017 the Humaneity Television crew started filming episodes for the Humaneity Inspired Living Show. The first shoot was on the Gold Coast in Australia. The Humaneity Inspired living Show is going to feature inspirational people, places and projects as we bring you content from across the globe.

Inspiring people to live a happier life by seeing, hearing and learning from others who are already doing it. Where we live, how we live and how to make it happen. These are all aspects of the new show. To find out more about Humaneity Television go to the page on this site or write to tv@humaneity.com 

 

JMC Academy – Television Collaboration

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The city of Brisbane in Australia turned on a stormy afternoon on Wednesday November 30th, but that did not deter a group of eager Film and Television students from attending the Humaneity Television pitch event. Staged at the JMC Academy Auditorium in South Brisbane, the event brought together budding young students, as well as a few energised graduates to listen to what the plan is for launching Humaneity Television in Australia.

Robin Williams and Mark Philpott from Humaneity shared with the students the various ways, and reasons why they should consider getting involved in this project. Students sat and listen to personal journey’s of inspirational dreams, and ambitions. As a result many were engaged to ask questions about the finer elements of this project.

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Katie, Robin, Susan and Mark from Team Humaneity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Originally inspired by the Humaneity Inspired Living – Tiny House project at Helensvale State High School this collaboration opportunity now extends to various other potential opportunities. Humaneity is continually focused on how it can collaborate with students, educational centres, and businesses to create awesome outcomes.

A recently agreed Partnership with Tafe Gold Coast will see Humaneity Television collaborating with Tafe Film and Media students in creating shows and content for Humaneity Television.

Founder of Humaneity Mark Philpott comments,

It’s truly inspirational to work with young people who are passionate about following their dreams. Humaneity is all about inspiring people from every walk of life, and tonights event was another small step in that direction’. 

The event ended with the JMC students now able to apply to collaborate with Humaneity on various different projects as part of their academic journey or their personal passion.

If you would like to enquire about Humaneity Television you can send an email to tv@humaneity.com

To find out more about Humaneity check us on on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Humaneity 

 

 

 

Currumbin Eco Village Tour – Nov 19th

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Ben O’Callaghan -Tour Guide

On Saturday November 19th a group of our Humaneity Inspired Living – Tiny House team members, and some members from the Brisbane Tiny House Facebook group met at the Currumbin Eco Village on Currumbin Creek Road for a 1.5hr tour of the village.

Our enthusiastic tour guide, Ben O’Callaghan was ready and waiting as the majority of our group arrived under what were very sultry skies on the Gold Coast. Set in a lush tranquil setting, the Eco Village is not one of those places that ‘smacks’ you in the face upon your arrival. It’s meandering layout allows one to gently become accustomed to it’s somewhat mysterious presence.

Ben commenced the tour by providing some specific facts about the development. Originally purchased for $3m the land was eventually developed at a cost of over $40m. Today 144 dwellings sit on a the total acreage throughout various stages of the villages evolution.

We commenced our tour from the front, or main road side of the property, and then walked as a group through to the nearby community centre. What stood out immediately about the village was the design that enables true community interaction. No fences between dwellings, and facilities such as a community pool, gym, community hall where residents can come together and interact.

As Ben explained the planning that has gone into the design has resulted in the village winning numerous awards for its effectiveness and efficiently. BUT, and it is a big BUT, it all comes at a price. Many of the dwellings are over $1m to purchase and the smaller one bedroom plus studio are priced at over $600k. Affordable living it is not.

As a Tiny House group we are interested in how to make sustainable living affordable, and somehow, having a home on a trailer, that is mobile, and off grid seems to be very appealing to an increasing number of people here in Australia and across the world.

We continued our tour, and while it was great to hear about all of the innovative materials and systems that have been used in the village, my personal assessment was, ‘well lots of money can buy anything’.

Yet, if you are looking for some very cool design ideas, and want to adapt those to your own ethos around budget and location, then there is no doubt that the Eco Village will inspire you with many great ideas. Ben’s passion and energy definitely helped to create an atmosphere that mirrored the sustainable environment that our group was walking through.

It was also Ben’s generosity of opening up his own home to show our group through that brought another dimension to this already very personalised tour. Meeting his happy family, who obviously enjoy living in the village brought a real soulful, and intimate feeling to what we were sharing.

The Currumbin Eco Village has developed an environment where the sense of community can be sensed, yet, like in any community, gated or not, it is up to the ‘people’ who live there to decide how much ‘community’ interactive living actually takes place.

Plans for a community garden are underway at the Eco Village, an online shareable network to encourage sharing is well and truly in place, yet there is nothing really that sets it apart from a common neighbourhood in a common suburb where people do come together to do things as a collective.

Fast internet, eco friendly waste management, efficient power sourcing and management are all built in features of the eco village infrastructure. But really, like in any environment it comes down to the individuals, and whether or not they embrace all, or some of the sustainable behaviours that are available to us all.

So in summary I would say this. The Currumbin Eco Village is deservedly an award winning state of the art, expensive sustainable oasis nestled into a beautiful valley on the Gold Coast.

It is, attempting to provide people with a far greater level of sustainable living. I would need to talk to many more of the residents to truly understand how ‘much’ of this sustainable living they actually buy into. In Ben’s case it is his day job, running a consultancy on sustainable living, so there is little wonder that his natural passion may be more obvious than some of his neighbours.

Like this rest of our group, I learnt a lot on the tour, and was very thankful we undertook another opportunity to gain further knowledge on what others are doing, and creating, to live a more sustainable, and ultimately a more happier lifestyle.

To arrange your own tour of the Currumbin Eco Village you can contact Ben at ben.o’callaghan@ecomplish.com.au. Tell Ben , Mark from Humaneity sent you, and you just might end up with a great tour price.

 

 

 

 

Visit – Tiny House Company Brisbane

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On Thursday November 17th,2016 a group from the Humaneity Inspired Living – Tiny House Project team visited the Tiny House Company warehouse in Brisbane. We were joined by friends from All Hallows School, as well as some members from the Brisbane Tiny House Facebook Group.

Thanks to Greg and Lara from the Tiny House Company in Brisbane we had a great time listening and learning about the hard work, passion and energy that has gone into designing and building Tiny Houses. It sure is a new and exciting industry as affordable housing trends in Australia start to increase. The USA is well ahead of the Australian industry but its thanks to people like Greg, Lara and Andrew ( who we didn’t meet today) who are inspiring others to consider the many benefits of tiny house living.

Our group was very impressed with the amount of detail that has gone into thinking of every aspect of tiny living. Sustainability is a big factor but also is the need to be mobile and given the restrictions on road transportation every aspect of the design needs to be carefully planned.

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Humaneity Inspired Living Team – excluding Robin the Photographer taking this picture.

This visit served well for our own project at Helensvale State High School as we continue to work on the design of our prototype build. Our team sourced many good ideas from this visit that we will discuss and throw around over the coming week or two.

Our groups main priority remains to confirm the design plans for our first build so that we can commence the construction as soon as possible.

If you would like to know more about the Humaneity Inspired Living – Tiny House Project you can write to collaborate@humaneity.com or call us on (07) 5573.8574.