Sunday 8 October a group of 25+ people gathered at First Fremantle Housing Collective for the Housing Co-op Taster Tour. A unique event hosted by Co-operation Housing and Green Fabric.
The Institute for Sustainable Futures at UTS conducted a 12-month research project into cohousing for seniors, examining the opportunities presented by cohousing for seniors in NSW, the existing barriers to uptake, and ideas for overcoming these barriers.
The project at Lowry St in Shelly passed a major hurdle recently: DA approval for the front dwelling! Anita, the land owner, is excited about progressing to the next steps focussing on getting construction underway, obviously sooner rather than later. We’re currently getting quotes from builders and looking at proceeding with survey strata process, creating opportunity for two parties to purchase land & house package in this very desirable location, and be part of this exciting project and little community.
On Saturday 15 July a large group of people gathered in the Darlington Hall to listen to and discuss co-operative housing in the Perth Hills. We are experiencing growing interest in more community oriented, sustainable and affordable housing, also in this area. With two to three opportunities in Greenmount it was a good time to get together and gauge interest in concrete sites and projects. The response was overwhelming, nearly 90 people rsvp-ed and 50-60 came along on a cold, rainy winters day.
Late June I had the privilege of going on a cohousing journey to and with a great bunch of people in Albany. It was a full on weekend, with a professional development workshop at the City of Albany, Sundowner and even an ABC radio interview on the Friday, and workshops on both Saturday and Sunday. Below is the wrap up written by the Cohousing Albany Group.
There was much excitement when late last year when the City of Fremantle announced an opportunity for a co-operative housing project on 7 Quarry St in Fremantle. It was an opportunity we had been waiting on and working towards for some time. The three information sessions our group held were each booked out, demonstrating great interest in sustainable, affordable and community living.
But you may be thinking that it’s gone awfully quiet since then and wonder what’s going on? Particularly if you do not receive our newsletter updates (make sure you subscribe!) Anyway, time for an update/overview of what’s been happening with Quarry St these past 8 to 9 months.
In April 2017, the Gardening Australia show included a segment on “A Thriving Community“, featuring Genesis by The Green Swing. It is where I live.
Of course for a gardening show, the focus was on the open and green spaces that are such an important element of our suburban community.
These open and green spaces include our individual private courtyards, but, in co-housing style, most of the open and garden spaces are shared. We have productive gardens at the rear with fruit trees, a couple of raised garden beds and of course the shed. At the front of the development are native gardens; we also re-vegetated the verges. And then of course we showed Josh the community sump garden which Josh planted the seed for in early 2010.
An entire village of earthships sounds like a dream, but it nearly became reality in a small village in the eastern part of The Netherlands called Olst. Twelve of the 24 buildings have tyre walls, filled with rammed earth, supporting the roof. The other 12 buildings are built with a wood frame supporting the roof and straw bale walls.
When I heard about the project I was of course curious to see what it looked like and, being aware of the many challenges earthship projects face, was interested to find out how they did it.
During a visit to The Netherlands I had the opportunity to visit and speak with two of the founders.