Good group processes, compassionate communication, consent decision-making and conflict management are fundamental to good governance and members of our community commit to actively developing and deepening their skills in these areas through training and practice. We aspire to TEVA’s “Values and Code of Conduct” because we believe effective, peaceful governance starts with self and the relationships we have with one another.
We have chosen Sociocracy as a framework for our governance and decision-making processes. It is based on the principles of transparency, inclusiveness and accountability and sees us working to make decisions that, whilst they may not be everyone's first choice, everyone can "live with" the final agreement. We have a clear process of turning to a voting process (with 75% majority) should our decision making processes fail or a more rapid decision is needed.
The owners of vacant lots, pods, apartments and the motel form the owner’s corporation, or body corporate, which is the official governing body for the Community Development Scheme (CDS). All owners have voting rights according to their unit entitlements under this scheme. Management of the owner’s corporation will be through a management committee, elected within three months of settlement and registration of the CDS. As the ecovillage grows, owners will be able to elect representatives from their pods to the management committee and general meetings.
In order to promote the co-operative culture of our community, all purchasers and residents (longer than one month) will need to first be a member of the Tasman Ecovillage Association (TEVA) which requires a membership application and approval process. Only full members of TEVA are eligible for election to the management committee of the owner’s corporation.