MEBBIN Springs, which developers say will be more popular for baby boomers than coastal development.
MEBBIN Springs, which developers say will be more popular for baby boomers than coastal development.

Green is new sea change



THE sea change has finished - now it is time for a green change.

That was the message yesterday from the developers of Mebbin Springs, billed as a model, energy-efficient, environmentally-sustainable community located off Kyogle Road, west of Uki.

Head architect for the project Mark Thomson, adjunct professor of architecture at Queensland University of Technology, said his reading of property journals told him the future outlook was green.

"People I have spoken to say they made their sea change and moved to the coast, but it hadn't lived up to their expectations," he said.

"They had moved away, but everyone had followed them and it wasn't as restful and peaceful as they had hoped.

"Now it's time for the green change with the emphasis on sustainable development," Mr Thomson said.

The 66-lot development, on land formerly earmarked as a multiple-occupancy and later an educational facility, was launched to the media yesterday at a function held at the Tweed River Art Gallery.

Mebbin Springs is the creation of Patrick Brodie, managing director of Property Marketing Corporation.

With roads and most of the developmental infrastructure already in place, Stage 1 of 22 lots will go on the market within a week. The remainder of the lots will be released in stages over the next 12 months.

Mr Brodie said the concept was to create a sustainable community with architecturally-designed 'smart' homes using energy-saving technologies.

House-owners will own their own land plus a share of the remaining community land and the use of facilities including tennis courts, a practise golf fairway, a vineyard, house cow and vegetable gardens, and a share of the income from an established forestry plantation undertaken with NSW Forestry.

Mr Brodie said since word of the development had started spreading, he had received an unprecedented number of enquiries.

"I had a call from a Brisbane sculptor after some peace and quiet, as well as from baby boomers in the Sydney demographic, people I would describe as in the $2 million-plus club," he said.

"I think the market for this type of development is bigger than we ever dreamt it would be."



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