A Conference of thought leaders, community groups, civic leaders, academics and business with the broader community.


An holistic discussion about the future of living in environmentally sustainable & socially connective communities.

Saturday 4th August 2018

Price: Early Bird $10+bf  |  2nd Release: $20+bf | 3rd Release: $30+bf

A unique event discussing the many opportunities and challenges in relation to the future of living with 17 speakers, expert panel discussions, tiny houses on display and live performances and music.

View the timetable below, and get to know the speakers.

Timetable Summary

10:00am Gates Open    Parking by Donation
12.30pm Main Hall Guest Performances
1:00pm First Talks + Panel A
2:20pm Break + Guest Performances
3:00pm Second Talks + Panel B
4.30pm Talks Conclude
Departure by Sunset

The Venue

House With No Steps, Sunshine Coast (10 mins South of Noosa)
Charles Duke Memorial Drive
Doonan QLD 4562

Car Pooling highly recommended – Arrive as a Community
All Tiny Houses FREE ENTRY.
* Camping is no longer available.
Family Friendly.
Drug & Alcohol Free Event.

Event Map

Keynote Speakers

Sandy Bolton MP

For over 25 years, Sandy has lived, worked and raised her three children in our community, residing in Kin Kin, Pomona and now Cooroibah with her partner, four times world lawn bowls champion, Ian ‘Shoey’ Schuback OAM.

Sandy has been engaged in a wide range of roles including an NDIS project manager for disability service provider Sunshine Butterflies, a founding member of Innovate Noosa, a Director of the four local Bendigo Community Banks and Community Advisory Council Member of the Sunshine Coast Primary Health Network.

Terri Waller – Acknowledgement of Country

Deadly Espresso Cafe, Eumundi
Terri Waller’s Deadly Espresso Cafe in Eumundi has become an exciting place for conscious conversations, as well as sustainable coffee and deliciously made meals from bush tucker, genuine heart + love.
One of Terri’s lifelong wishes is to help inspire the wider community to engage in a tribal communication she calls “SevGen“: how grandparents can pass on the tales of knowledge and wisdom through “seven generations” of family.
She is one of many of our proud Indigenous thought leaders who, one day, wish to inspire connection with all Australians to each other, themselves, the land and nature, and through the elders of Uluru, with the Dreamtime.

Rikki Pieters & Valerie Bares (ESC Consulting)

Where can I put my Tiny House?
Rikki and Valerie are passionate tiny house advocates. In 2016 they led a successful appeal to enable a Tiny House on Wheels to remain in a Brisbane inner-city suburb. Since then, they have collaboratively developed the Tiny House Planning Resource, an aid for Local and State planning regulators and the broader community to explore potential solutions to housing affordability and density that might be delivered through a range of different scenarios. They work with not-for-profit, private and academic partners to explore compact housing models that are flexible, affordable and sustainable.​

Gary Flomenhoft (USA)

Community Land Trusts Will be unable to join us for the conference due to commitments in the USA
US Academic experienced in living in Community Land Trusts (CLTs) which transformed the town of Burlington, Vermont USA to a more affordable town to live in.
Community Land Trusts (CLTs) are a nonprofit corporation that develops and stewards affordable housing, community gardens, civic buildings, commercial spaces and other community assets on behalf of a community, particularly great for low income people – and they can work with the banks.
There are now over 400 CLTs established across the world in the United States, UK & Europe and he will explain how they are one transitional step today that can begin by helping Australians achieve more sustainable living today.

Ian Ugarte

A long time advocate and now Tiny Housing celebrity and leading spokesperson, Ian brings his family upbringing into the picture of the future living model of a Community, and how we can better adapt and shape living estates and housing to reflect the changing needs of all people at different stages of their lives: from childbirth, to young adulthood, then to family life, and old age – hence, The Cycle of Life.
He brings his story into the modern context of how going Tiny more readily accommodates affordable, adaptable living quarters and presents a huge economic opportunity for both investors and inhabitants.

Sam Gosling (Bachelor of Engineering, QUT)

The Economics of Building Tiny
Accomplished entrant of the Queensland Homeless Hack, from the ingenious and engineering mind of Sam Gosling, came a study and a highly detailed paper that supports the economic and infrastructural viability of establishing Tiny Housing in and around the inner city suburbs of Brisbane situated around the local university campuses.
Sam shall be providing some very immediate insight and interesting findings as to how investing in your own backyard can be financially rewarding at virtually no cost to the owner, also he will also be providing glimpses into the future of what Blockchain will bring to the table to housing and Community.

Tom Miller

Leading Blockchain expert and advocate, Tom Miller, will be sharing his incredible vision for the future of living on the Sunshine Coast, in terms of greater sovereignty and governance with the technology of Blockchain, coupled with his Eco Village joint venture partnership  LifeBubbles.org: building environmentally friendly and climate controlled domes (some built into solid rock) using a electronically activated “Smart Contracts” for leasing living spaces and governing communities.
Tom is internationally aligned with Consensys.net and the Ethereum Enterprise Alliance of Blockchain programmers, who are working on changing the world for the better.

Jimmyz Hirst

Mobile Eco Parks
Former mass media identity and self-professed social engineer, Jimmy has travelled the world for over six years researching Eco Villages.
He will present a practical future living model “Mobile Eco Parks” – using Tiny Houses On Wheels, and how by engaging the Manufactured Homes Act, and remodeling Caravan Parks by adding intentional layers of permaculture, shared facilities, community structures, and self-sufficient solar and water harvesting, they will help usher in a practical transition to re-humanizing and re-connecting the mainstream in more sustainable, accessible, resilient and exciting villages.
Collaborating a proposed “open-source operating system for villages”, and by using Blockchain technology, this will help allow people greater freedom to move until they “Find Their Tribe”.

Shea Cotter and Jackson James Kubian
with Meera Allen

Performance Dancers, Sunshine Coast
Shea and Jackson are two world class performance dancers who will be setting the agenda for the day – interpretive dances that will be dealing with the very heart of community issues like loneliness and the elderly, disconnection and emasculation, social freedom and the environment – these two young, vibrant and gifted performers define when art is true art: when it captivates an audience and conveys an idea, without a word spoken.
Jackson’s natural state of being is the epitome of passion and power, he has also created the awareness campaign ‘Dancing for Wildlife’.

Sharon & John Rodger

Jardin Tiny Houses Australia / Titan
Sharon Rodger and her husband John were working hard to strive for the Australian Dream, the ultimate – a five bedroom property on a sprawling Gold Coast Hinterland acreage, when hard times struck in a challenging economy an oppressive workloads, finally took a toll on their health and well-being as well as their finances.
This forced them to accept a new life course, and they haven’t looked back since – by cutting down the size of their dream house, they found a new way to live more affordably in going Tiny, without compromising their position perched on a block/plot overlooking the ancient valley of Wollumbin (Mount Warning NSW).
Keen to share their journey with others, and help guide those in similar circumstances to be inspired by their whole new refreshing outlook on life.

TINY HOUSES on Display

Jimmy Hirst, Kimberley Palmer + crew

polkadot • tiny houses
polkadot works in collaboration with builders to design affordable, attractive, climatically efficient and sustainable tiny houses using the latest smart home technology and materials, and engineered with new innovations to be easily plugged into community: eco villages and mobile eco parks.
come and see the very first polkadot • tiny house – display prototype mid-construction at the Tiny Houses + Eco Villages Seminar Sunshine Coast, Saturday 4th August 2018.
Websites: www.polkadot.org.au   blog: www.facebook.com.au/polkadottinyhouses

Fabio & Thiago + team

Aussie Tiny Houses
Specialising in building affordable and sustainable tailor-made Tiny Houses for individuals, couples, and families.
They understand how important it is to live in a world that is conscious of the environment and the resources within.
They are passionate about this growing movement and they hope you will join others in living sustainably and free. Visit www.aussietinyhouses.com.au
Come and see the Aussie Tiny House display house at the Tiny Houses + Eco Villages Seminar Sunshine Coast, Saturday 4th August 2018.

Ian Ugarte

Small Is The New Big
Given the challenge to produce a home for less than $20K, Ian and his team converted a caravan into a Tiny Home in 21 days for just over $18.5k.
Busting the myth that families cannot fit inside Tiny Houses, this large Tiny sleeps 6-7 people – so, when it comes to playtime, get healthy and get outdoors, visit your friends and form community.
Ian‘s Tiny House will be on display at the Tiny Houses + Eco Villages Seminar on Saturday 4th August 2018, House With No Steps from 10am.

Colin Peters

Tiny House Self-Builder
Colin Peters is as thrifty as they come with his strong steel frame Tiny coming in at around just $2,500 to build.
This proves that sometimes all you need is dilligence, knowledge, safety and imagination when it comes to recycling old pre-loved materials, and engaging a few good mates.
Colin is also member of Smart Living Society of Maleny, Queensland, an active group of people wishing to form an affordable housing community.
Come and check out Colin’s Tiny House at the Tiny Houses + Eco Villages Seminar Sunshine Coast on Saturday 4th August, 2018.

Andrew McLean & Claire Ogden

Gold Coast Hinterland Eco Village

Displaying their Gidget Retro Teardrop Camper, Andrew and Claire also hail from Gold Coast Hinterland Eco Village (formally Brisbane North Eco Village) and are forming an Eco-Village in the co-housing tradition welcoming Tiny Houses.
They will run a campground for village income and live in houses and tiny houses (or Tiny, Tiny Houses as our Gidget Retro would suggest). Those in Tiny Houses will share living space in the houses. They hope to move in by November 2018.
Visit their website: www.brisbanenorthecovillage.net.au
Come and see Andrew McLean and Claire Ogden also sitting in on the second Panel “Planning & Regulations” at the Tiny Houses + Eco Villages Seminar Sunshine Coast on Saturday 4th August 2018.

Kris & Rina Collins

Brisbane Tiny Houses

With possibly the tiniest “Tiny” at the Seminar, they are bringing a miniature model of one instead!
The pair, who are qualified carpenters, created the property, complete with a loft, a ‘full size’ bathroom, kitchen, plenty of storage space and a stairway to the bedroom. And a “mini me” version of it to display.
‘It’s got everything you need for a house… It’s like a one-bedroom apartment,’ Ms Collins told the Channel 9 Today show recently.
Visit Kris & Rina Collins‘ model tiny stall at the Tiny Houses + Eco Villages Seminar Sunshine Coast on Saturday 4th August 2018.

Paul Brandenburg, Sandra Moore

Bespoke Habitats, Bli Bli, Sunshine Coast

These quality high cube steel 20 foot container Tiny’s are double insulated for great protection from the harsh Australian climate. They include full VJ pine linings, bamboo floorboards, bathroom with open shower & toilet, stainless steel kitchen & fittings with a sealed wooden bench top worked to very high craftsmanship.
Great strength and made locally and priced affordably to own.
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pg/bespokehabitats/

Come and inspect Paul & Sandra’s Bespoke Habitat Container Tiny on display, and catch Paul on the  “Planning & Regulations” Panel at the Tiny Houses + Eco Villages Seminar Sunshine Coast on Saturday 4th August 2018.

Ben McIntyre

Tiny Home Rolling Pasture
Ben McIntyre‘s Tiny business is an all-in-one, one-stop-shop for Tiny Houses On Wheels (THOWs) manufacturer, builder, educator, and advocacy.
Their website www.tinyhomerollingpasture.com.au provides a comprehensive all-round guide on how to build, sharing designs, guides on where you can put them, financing, plus instructional videos about vital aspects worth considering when building or buying a Tiny House, plus a whole lot more.
You can inspect the Tiny Home Rolling Pasture display house at the Tiny Houses + Eco Villages Seminar Sunshine Coast, Saturday 4th August 2018.

Full Timetable:


10:00am Gates Open Parking by Donation
12.30pm Main Hall Dance Performances
1:00pm Acknowledgement to Country
by Terri Waller, Deadly Espresso Eumundi
   by Sandy Bolton, State MP for Noosa
* “Uncle Alan” C Parsons – unfortunately is unable to join this event
1:25pm Ian Ugarte (“Small Is The New Big”)
Cycle of Life & Affordable Housing Projects
1:40pm Sharon Rodger (Jardin Tiny Houses Australia/Titan)
How We Went Tiny – Our Journey
1:55pm Sam Gosling (Queensland University of Technology, Bachelor of Engineering)
Economics of Building Tiny & Community on Blockchain
2:10pm PANEL A – ‘Tiny On A Budget’

  • Mel Sparkles (Tiny Houses Brisbane)
  • Colin Peters ($2,500 Self-Builder)
  • Sharon Rodger (Jardin Tiny Homes/Titan)
  • Ben McIntyre (Rolling Pastures Tiny Houses)
  • Sallie Francis (The Francis Family Tiny House)
  • Brian Irving (Tiny House Builder)
  • Rina Collins (Brisbane Tiny Houses)
  • Melinda Norris (Tropical Tiny’s)
2:30pm BREAK
PERFORMANCES by Shea Cotter and Jackson James Kubian, singer Meera Allen
3:05pm Jimmyz Hirst (Polkadot.org.au • tiny houses + community)
Mobile Eco Parks
3:20pm  Tom Miller (LifeBubbles.org model)
Community Internet Grids & Tokenised Sub-Properties on Blockchain
3:35pm Gary Flomenhoft (USA)
Community Land Trusts (CLT)
3:40pm Rikki Pieters & Valerie Bares (ESC Consulting)
Government Regulations & Planning
3:55pm PANEL B – ‘Planning & Regulations’

  • Rikki Pieters & Valerie Bares (ESC Consulting)
  • Ian Ugarte (Small Is The New Big)
  • Andrew McLean (Brisbane North Eco Village)
  • Claire Ogden (Brisbane North Eco Village)
  • Heather Shearer (Cities Research Institute, Griffith University)
  • Jason ‘Djalmbu’ Hilder (Intentional Community Living Arrangements (ICLA), University of Queensland)
  • Paul (Bespoke Habitats, Container Homes / Developer)



FOOD and Coffee is proudly catered by DEADLY ESPRESSO EUMUNDI.

Food is also available locally from United Petroleum and Cafe Doonan on Eumundi-Noosa Road.
Welcome to bring your own meals, food, water & drink.

Supporters, Partners and Affiliates: Tiny Houses Brisbane, Smart Living Society (Maleny), ESC Consulting, Australian Tiny Houses Association (Melbourne), Q Shelter, Deadly Espresso (Eumundi), aecreative, Sunshine Coast Creative Alliance, Ecotekk Noosa Electric Bikes, Innovation Centre Sunshine Coast, Titan/Jardin Tiny Homes, Brisbane North Eco Village (BNEV)

Saturday 4th August 2018

Price: Early Bird $10+bf  |  2nd Release: $20+bf | 3rd Release: $30+bf

The Venue:

House With No Steps, Sunshine Coast (10 mins South of Noosa)
Charles Duke Memorial Drive
Doonan QLD 4562