Carriage house rules & protocols

by | Feb 10, 2013

Residential Internships

The Carriages inside & covered verandah areas are a smoke-free zone

Routine tasks and housekeeping/maintenance and managing waste and recycling systems of the carriages is to be rostered and shared equally between residents as an integral part of living on site.

In addition to these essential household obligations, all on-site residents are to contribute 4 hours per week to tending the animals, essential watering of gardens and nursery and other general site maintenance such as mowing and weed management.

Voluntary work component of fair share scholarships is additional to the above and will be separately delegated and/or rostered in collaboration with Melian, Andrew, Caroline, Janelle or Robyn.

Kitchen: interns will share the kitchen in the 3rd railway carriage which has a gas stove, fridge, sink with hot/cold water and a shower recess. The kitchen has basic equipment (pots, pans, cups, plates, cutlery, electric kettle, cupboard for food storage). There is also an outdoor cooking area with wood-fired B-B-Q and Cob oven.

Gas is expensive and from a toxic industry so please conserve use in the following ways:
•    Communal cooking of main (evening) meals – rostered system
•    Pre-soak dried grains (lentils, beans etc) before cooking
•    Avoid using the gas oven too often– it uses a lot of gas – fire up the cob oven instead. NB firewood is free – you just need to collect it  (and please observe protocols regarding what wood for which purpose and where to collect)
The Cob Oven needs around 3-4 hours firing to accumulate enough heat so make good use of it and prepare a few things to bake each firing (pizza, cakes, bread, cookies etc)
Communal Kitty: Permanent residents will contribute to the communal kitty for collective purchase of shared essentials (e.g. loo paper, cleaning materials), and for staple foods such as cooking oil, rice, pasta, sugar, honey etc.

Bathroom:. The showers and associate waste water treatment system has limited capacity and can only cope with 6 very short showers per day (3 morning, 3 evenings), until the new waste water system is installed. There is also a bush shower by the bamboo where you can have a solar shower or “mandy” (Asian bucket shower). Recommend using tank water for bush showers and mandies (dam water quality is generally not suitable without filtration)
PLEASE ONLY use natural products and soaps for washing, shampoo etc

Toilet: the composting toilets are to be used only for solid deposits. Please use wood shavings to add after each deposit (sawdust only in emergencies) Do not add any other materials to the composting toilet including food scraps or sanitary pads/tampons with plastic liners or non-natural materials.Always close the lid after use. Composting toilet lids should never be left open!

Please use the Wheelie Bin Loo in preference to other toilets on site. The carriage toilet is primarily for female use when privacy is required for personal hygiene, otherwise this toilet is only to be used in extreme situations.

Please urinate elsewhere – e.g. citrus trees and bamboo love it!

Natural Cleaning & Personal Hygiene – there will be workshop on natural cleaning for the kitchen, shower, personal etc which will include instructions on general and specific cleaning protocols acceptable for use at Djanbung.

Laundry: there is a laundry tub (cold water only) for hand washing clothing – please clean after use. There is no wash machine available – recommend using the laundromat in the village for major washes. Clothes line available

Waste & Recycling: Djanbung doesn’t have a garbage collection service – you will need to deal with this on a regular basis. There is a cost of $15 per wheelie bin of trash at the Nimbin Transfer Station, recyclable materials free. Landfill costs to be paid from communal kitty. Please do everything you can to reduce garbage and minimise recyclable waste.

Phone:  Access to the office phone is strictly restricted to emergencies. There are public phones in the village (12 min walk)
Mobile phones – some mobile phones have limited reception in Nimbin.

Banking: Nimbin has a local credit union (Summerland C.U.) in town with ATM. There are a number of F-post facilities at shops in town. All other major banks are located in Lismore.

Protocols & Roster Guidelines for Residents & Guests:

Communal Areas:

Kitchen
•    keep surfaces clean as you go
•    rationalise washing up routines to save water
•    floor – sweep daily – wash 1-2 times/week
•    fridges – keep clean & don’t overload – minimise opening & closing – ensure doors are properly closed
•    only use approved cleaning agents (natural wash liquid, bi-car, vinegar & woodash)
•    save energy & water where possible through mindful behaviour
•    close all windows and doors at night (possums, rats etc might move in & wreck havock)
•    make sure compost container is closed at night
•    ensure all food is stored in sealed containers (lidded tubs and jars)

Shower
•    keep showers very short and limit use
•    remove any hairs from the drain grate
•    wipe clean after every use with soft cleaning cloth provided
•    clean thoroughly at least weekly with bi-carb and vinegar and soft cleaning cloth
•     only natural personal hygiene products to be used

Toilet
•    Only for solid deposits
•    Check wood shaving supply
•    Use recycled loo paper (preferably unbleached)
•    Sweep out twice a week
•    Wipe & clean  handbasin twice a week
•    Clean thoroughly once a week

NB toilet light can be left on as a night light but please make sure it’s switched off in the morning

Veranda
•    Sweep 2 or 3 times a week
•    Keep uncluttered – ensure no trip factors especially for night access
•    Don’t keep or leave food items out including food scraps containers for animals unless in a secure covered container

Paved areas & path
•    Sweep 1-2 times/ week
•    Weed edges as required

Monthly & Seasonal tasks
•    Sweep cobwebs off carriage walls & ceilings, and walls facing verandah
•    Clean windows
•    Cut weeds and grasses around carriage perimeter, maintain garden areas
•    Check for seasonal maintenance, e.g. cleaning gutters, grease trap etc

Please inform Melian, Andrew, Robyn or Caroline immediately of any problems, issues or malfunctioning of essential equipment or services in the carriages.
NO SMOKING in the carriages, verandas or courtyard – please only use the smokers area around the campfire place.

Residential Internships Terms and Agreement:

These apply to campers as well as people in rooms and bunks

Your Rent covers and includes:
• Use of communal carriage facilities
• Electricity, gas and Internet wifi connection
• kitchen appliances: fridge, gas stove, electric kettle and toaster, and basic kitchen ware
• furniture provided in bedroom and communal facility areas
• After hours access to PCA main training room and student resources, subject to PCA needs
• Basic communal kitty contribution for shared consumables such as cleaning products, toilet paper, waste disposal fees, kitchen and bathroom essentials
•  access to garden plot for personal use and experimentation using only organic practices

Terms of living on site.
 You have agreed to
• Participate in the Djanbung Gardens plant and animal maintenance rosters for  ☐ 4 hours/week as a full-time resident, or   ☐ 40 minutes/day as a casual resident
• Contribute equally to maintaining and keeping the communal living area and facilities clean and tidy including participation in community meetings, rosters and meals in a spirit of cooperation
• Use only natural cleaning and personal hygiene products
• abide by the PCA and Djanbung Gardens Protocols and Codes of Conduct, and act responsibly and with respect to co-residents, visitors and staff.
• not damage the buildings and furniture – I will not nail, screw, glue or fix things to any surfaces without prior approval. Bluetak may be used to fix posters on walls but no tape is to be used.
• submit a proposal and plan for any structures, installations or project work on the property
• report any issues, damages, problems or malfunction of appliances, facilities and services promptly to the proprietor or residential management team.
• not cause undue distress or discomfort to other occupants and residents including noise disturbance and unruly behaviour, or smoking in or near the buildings
• practice sustainable and conscious living, minimise waste and use of water, gas and electricity
•  notify and seek approval for inviting personal guests to stay overnight and cover any relevant accommodation and communal kitty contributions
• give 4 weeks notice of intent to move out and pay all rent due
• clean up room or campsite before leaving and remove all personal items and waste

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