Eco village to be all-solar, cars to play less dominant role

An artist’s impression of The Paddock Eco Village, Castlemaine. Picture: Supplied
An artist’s impression of The Paddock Eco Village, Castlemaine. Picture: Supplied

Plans to create an all-electric eco village in Castlemaine were publicly displayed on Thursday. 

‘The Paddock’ – a mixture of 27 one and two-storey solar-powered houses – will be built in four stages, with developers hopeful of beginning the first construction phase in early 2018. 

Around 75 per cent of the total land area – 1.4 hectares – will be taken up by food gardens, dams, walkways and recreation areas. 

Cars will play a less dominant role than usual, with walking and cycling will be encouraged at the Paddock, according to Heather Barrett, who along with Neil Barrett, are the brains behind the development.

“We want to create a new standard for sustainable living that fosters a sense of community and a close connection to nature” Ms Barrett said. 

“The houses will be built on a 1.4 hectare site in Reckleben Street in four stages.  In the first stage, seven houses and a community centre will be completed, as well as half of the total landscaping.”

Prices for houses, which will be smaller than today’s average size and will be all-electric, relying on 16 grid-connected solar panels, will vary from $390,000 to $650,000, depending on size and other factors.

For more information on the public information meetings visit: thepaddock.com.au