The Regenerative Living Co.
the natural bridge between tenants, land & impact investors.
Let's be honest... the rental game is big business.
Let's create a better deal for all involved.
We like to pretend it’s not. But the reality is - renting is a business.
There are 2.1M houses rented in Australia. 30% of the housing stock.
Paying on average $524/week.
That's $79B per year... OR $216M per day!
We work harder than we need to,
to pay for housing that is more expensive than it needs to be.
It is madness.
In fact, the more people that don’t own a home…the BIGGER the rental market becomes.
A market of investment properties, interest rates, mortgages, real estate agents, property managers, maintenance teams and worst of all… the cultural atrocity of negative gearing.
The whole game is purely transactional.
No heart. No meaning.
No right relationship to country, community or culture.
This is why we have the cliche…
“Rent money is dead money.”
In most cases it’s true, but imagine if it was NOT true?
What would it would FEEL like if rent money was alive, living, & regenerative?
Rent money that existed in a circular economy; where the landlord and tenant co-invest in a shared vision regenerating the land, improving productivity, habitability and ultimately profitability of the site.
Working together to develop the land, right livelihood and social enterprise.
If only that were true you say. Well, guess what... it already is.
This is how we live now.
Our story so far...
For the last 7 years, Grounded Permaculture Action Party Inc. has;
During this time we have found that to be truly effective as a community organisation going “all in” with permaculture - we need a stable base from which to operate.
Not willing to settle for just anywhere with unclear agreements and vague promises of a utopia - the concept of a Regenerative Living Hub was birthed - bringing clarity and alignment between the needs of the land, tenants and landlord.
The last 4 years have seen the emergence of the first Grounded Regenerative Living Hub at Natural Bridge.
Cedar Waters (fka Famunity) is a 52-acre community nestled high in the headwaters of the Nerang River, Yugambeh Country.
During this time the core crew have been putting down roots, building trust and setting up the culture and systems to establish the first of many Regenerative Living Hubs.
The plan was for Grounded to sign a 3+3+3 year commercial lease for the entire site.
However in a changing world, with changing priorities, the landlord now wants to exit the project he began a decade ago.
Without a solid, sound and safe home base from which to operate - the important work Grounded does to regenerate our sacred connection to country, community and culture is in jeopardy.
This moment revealed the weakest link in the Regenerative Living Hub Model as we have been practicing it...
When the landlord is an individual that holds the title and 100% decision making powers that can change at anytime - secure tenure can't ever be guaranteed.
It's time to update and upgrade our working model.
We have a unique opportunity to raise capital from the extended Grounded community through our crowdfunding campaign and to partner with private investors to buy the Cedar Waters pilot site we currently lease and manage as a Regenerative Living Hub.
The more money we raise through the crowdfunding campaign - the less we need through private investment.
The Regenerative Living Co. will raise the capital, acquire the Cedar Waters pilot site and then lease it to Grounded on a long-term basis.
The long term lease guarantees income for the company and offers secure tenure for the tenant. This long-term agreement, plus a shared vision, values and master plan that act as a covenant for the site, incentivises co-operation and co-investment into major capital works as both parties have the opportunity to realise the gains.
By holding the land in company title with shareholders able to buy and sell shares over time to meet their needs, there should never be any reason for the company to sell the land it acquires.
Investing in the company is seperate from living on site. Investors have the opportunity to live on site, if it fits within the sites context. Everyone who lives on the site pays rent to live there. Investors get first preference to apply to live at existing sites, as well as pitching for the lease and management rights of new sites being considered for acquisition by The Regenerative Living Co. It's all about creating a regenerative circular economy that is fair for all involved.
The Regenerative Living Co.'s net income from leasing sites will be split into three pools:
1. Investor Dividends (paid as cash)
2. Capital Works (to improve existing sites)
3. Expansion Fund (to acquire new sites)
As an extra layer of protection, we plan to register leases on the title so even in the unlikely event of a sale, secure tenure for the tenant is guaranteed.
I'm a regenerative renter
Sick of paying rent to someone who doesn't share my values.
I want a place to call home,
with the flexibility to move and the long-term opportunity to grow.
Everywhere I go I improve the land and spaces I live. I'm looking for alignment in living regeneratively.
I'm a rural land holder
With a rural residential site, within a 2-hr drive of a major centre.
I want to regenerate the land build community and grow an economy around the site.
I'm open to sell, with first option to lease and manage the site on a long term basis.
I'm an impact investor
Who has been looking for an opportunity like this.
I want to invest in enterprise that regenerates land, builds community AND gives a return.
I have a minimum of $100K in cash or in Self-Managed Super Fund to invest.
Based on industry research, our bulletproof business plan and the state of the market in general, we are confident that we will raise the funds required to acquire the Cedar Waters pilot site we currently lease and manage. However, in the event that we do not raise sufficient funds in the time required, then as a company, we will decide whether to;
- dissolve the company and refund investors, or
- purchase another property with the money we have raised.
Examples of properties that might be suitable as a Regenerative Living Hub (subject to detailed due diligence) with a sliding scale of price points.
3 bed home
3 bed home
Spectacular 5 bed home - perfect for hosting
3-bed homestead + holiday retreat building
Large livable shed - 6 bed, 2 bath
3 homes - perfect for community living
Our model is based on harmoniously maximising economic activity for each site, in a regenerative context that grows food, families, community and culture. Investors are not just investing in a community - they are also investing in a business.
This community business model makes a distinction between ownership and occupation.
With regards to ownership - investors will have ownership of the land (by owning shares in the company) and will have decision-making powers when it comes to the high-level governance and long-term strategic direction of each existing site and each new site acquired. This is effectively a ‘Proof of Stake’ model and we believe is fair for this level of decision-making.
However, when it comes to occupation - each site is leased and managed by the most suitable candidate (from within the shareholder group that can demonstrate the best business case). Operational day-to-day decision-making is based on merit. We regard this as a ‘Proof of Work’ framework and fair for this level of decision-making.
Buying land - or getting your own plot via shares in a community is one thing. It is a whole other thing to assemble a team, develop a plan, build infrastructure, establish primary production systems and create a regenerative circular economy around that.
Rather than leave it up to each shareholder to take care of their own plot - we work together to continuously build up all of the infrastructure and primary production systems of each site. Effectively maximising the regenerative circular economy of growing food, families, community and culture.
We utilise the rental model to give each individual who wishes to occupy the site the flexibility to take on the level of responsibility and commitment that meets their needs at the time. This levels the playing field for everyone that lives on site. Providing the opportunity to have decision-making powers based on a ‘Proof of Work’ model - regardless of whether they are an investor or not.
We regard the land (and infrastructure tied to the land) as an individual that is providing services to other individuals (in the form of housing and access to land) - who in return provide services to the land (in the form of management, maintenance, development and regeneration). We value those services provided, we quantify them and we create a regenerative circular economy around it.
Those who occupy and live on-site have the first option and opportunity to be paid for the work that is on the never-ending list of jobs to do (in line with the master plan) - as well as the opportunity to layer their own individual enterprise in the mix.
Obviously, as a company we will be working together to primarily meet the needs of each shareholder. Shareholders get the first option to apply to rent at existing sites as opportunities and openings arise. They also get the first option at pitching to lease and manage new sites as they are acquired.
Investors are not just investing in a community - they are investing in a company whose business is to secure and support sites growing food, family, community and culture, whilst harmoniously maximising a regenerative circular economy around that.
If you are curious to see how this model actually works in reality - we encourage you to fill out the investor EOI - from there we can show you the business plan for the company and master plan for our pilot site which we already lease, manage and occupy. Then you can see for yourself how the numbers work and how you can get in on this revolutionary opportunity.
We recognise that this is still a rental model and is not the solution for everyone. But it is the perfect solution for some.
Individuals change their minds all the time based on their ever-evolving needs, values and emotions! Whilst there is legislation in place to protect tenants and their rights to housing, we believe it does not go far enough, or address the needs of the market of regenerative renters we work with.
A corporate entity has a specific charter, mission and purpose and all decisions for that entity must be aligned with that mission. The Regenerative Living Co.’s mission is to secure and support sites in the business of growing food, families, community and culture.
Decisions within The Regenerative Living Co. are made with an 80% shareholder majority vote. This makes it much harder for any one individual within the company to railroad an agenda, or block a decision for the company.
This tight framework, as well as a priority to issue long-term leases to tenants from within the shareholder group - creates a transparent and stable foundational layer protocol - giving long-term security of tenure to tenants.
Grounded Permaculture Action Party is a not-for-profit association incorporated in the state of QLD, Australia. Under the legislation that governs it, and its Rules of Association, it has the powers of an individual and may enter into contracts, as well as acquire, hold, deal with and dispose of property.
Whilst there is no specific provision in the Rules of Association for Grounded to own shares or securities in a for-profit company, it is not illegal, and our Rules of Association are being updated to specifically include this provision so there is no question about it. This is based on the advice from our legal team.