Byron shire’s Tallowood Ridge community delves deep

The collective of owners of Mullumbimby’s Tallowood Ridge community in the Byron Shire have been relentless in their pursuit of research and feedback.

Mandy Nolan at her Tallowood Home


Over the past three months they investigated possible land use options, current resident feedback and national and international trends in residential living.

“We’re a passionate lot” said Tallowood Director Christopher Dean. “A lot of information we gleaned over these past months confirmed what we already thought, however new information has come to light which has been invaluable. For example, we are keen to incorporate some kind of community meeting place, as well as the childrens’ park, and are now wiser regarding how to position such a facility and what elements may bring the most value to residents”.

A day long seminar for Tallowood owners and consultants was held in September at the Lennox Head Cultural and Community Centre. Speakers included Australia’s leading urban design firm RPS Group, who outlined the latest trends in residential communities, focusing on what is working and what isn’t. Local urban designer and landscape architect Ian Oelrichs discussed the need to define what a community stood for and Christopher Dean closed the day with a group meditation and visualization.

In October prominent national market research expert James Cowley met with Tallowood Ridge residents at the home of Mandy Nolan. Mandy was the first to complete her home in the community. She invited a number of other residents to meet James and provide feedback on why they purchased in Tallowood and how they would like their community to unfold.

“Mullumbimby is the community that I moved to the North Coast for” said Mandy Nolan. “It’s a very engaged, vital community and there’s so much access to entertainment – ukulele nights, comedy nights, the Mullum Music Festival. We fell in love with the land and the whole concept of Tallowood Ridge straight away. The vibrancy of Mullum is built on the people who live here”.

One project being investigated is a small technical hub. “It’s early days” said Tallowood Director John Bennett, “however there may be some scope to use a few lots for a hub where like minded people can mix and work together. Having the region’s first NBN coverage and also being a part of the forward thinking, creative Mullumbimby region make this an idea we just have to explore”.

Land at Tallowood Ridge is priced from $186,000 for a 493m² near level block on a quiet street.