Australian sustainability solutions
Australia has a special responsibility in implementing sustainable strategies for the Earth. Per person, we are the 12th wealthiest country and have the most arable land of any country in the world. We are uniquely placed to become a world leader in sustainability and lead a new era of perfecting our planet. But how?
Settle the countryside using natural, sustainable techniques.
Create family homesteads
- Provide a free hectare of land for any willing person
- Land be passed on by inheritance, but not bought or sold
- Land is cultivated using natural techniques
- Agricultural production for export and domestic use increases
- Land fertility, food, water and national security improves
- Cost of social services and urban infrastructure is reduced
Every person has the right to a homeland on Earth, and to pass it on by inheritance. When this right is guaranteed, people naturally care for their patch of Earth, out of love for their future generations. State authorities should provide one hectare of land to any willing person, to create their family homestead.
A family homestead is a person’s small homeland. It produces all the family’s basic needs, as well as valuable contributions to the wider export economy. The garden of a family homestead is tended by hand, without harmful chemicals, and employs best-practice gardening techniques (e.g. compost, mulch, terraces and ponds).
On a family homestead, a person can produce fresh produce, vegetables, fruit, berries, nuts, seeds, culinary and medicinal herbs, as well as bee products, berry wines, woven fabric and other handcrafted goods. The calm, natural surrounds are suitable for creative arts and intellectual work of all capacities, providing fertile ground for research and development in fields directly related to the benefit of people.
People create new value for the economy using only seeds, soil, rain, sunlight and human ingenuity. Produce can be cooperatively marketed to urban centers and overseas populations, and is not subject to taxation. Profits are invested into a range of public projects according to people’s own discretion — not the backroom deals of politicians.
On the broad scale, the development of family homesteads will, smoothly and gradually:
- enhance the fertility of land
- moderate climate extremes
- increase our efficiency of resource usage
- develop long-term sustainable industries in primary production, tourism and education
- increase Australia’s exports of primary produce
- reduce input costs and pollution
- reduce pressure on urban infrastructure
- remove artificial subsidies for unsustainable industries
- ensure Australia’s food, water and national security
- provide a positive example for less developed countries
- establish a highly developed moral culture and civilization
Millions of hectares in Australia are occupied by inefficient beef farming instead of high-value mixed gardens.
Meanwhile, billions are being spent alleviating the housing crisis and upgrading urban infrastructure.
Photograph by Kemble Dawson Walker.
The creation of settlements of family homesteads could be supported simply and cheaply, costing far less than a first home-owner’s grant.
A government agency on Family Homestead Settlements should be created, with the following targets:
1) Create a new zoning category, “Family Homestead” with the following characteristics:
- at least one hectare
- cannot be subdivided, bought or sold
- surrounded by a laneway of at least 3m
- produce is tax exempt
- registered under the name of its inhabitants
- gathered together in settlements of at least 200 homesteads
- settlements are separated from one another by public forest, fields and other nature reserves
2) Permit subdivision, owner-building and dwelling entitlement for the creation of Family Homesteads on existing rural lots.
3) Create a national register of freely available land for the creation of Family Homesteads.
4) Provide planning support for those wishing to create their Family Homestead on a free hectare.
For a small public investment, suitable land could be purchased at market prices by state authorities, and surveyed into hectare lots.
Create family homesteads