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.
It was a fantastic day and great success. In true co-op style, the food was yummy, but it was the unique opportunity to visit three different housing co-ops that was truly special. To see the homes and listen to the stories and experiences of current residents. Their hospitality and generosity was amazing. On top of that there were lots of great conversations among participants, both on and off the bus.
So where did we go on the tour? We visited three housing co-ops in the Fremantle area. All are so called rental co-ops made possible through Government grants and funding in the 1980’s and 90’s.
- Sustainable Housing for Artists and Creatives (SHAC) – WA’s newest ‘kid on the block’, realised in partnership with Access Housing, Landcorp and SHAC, as part of the WGV development project by Landcorp.
- Inanna’s House – a women-managed housing co-operative that was created to house low-income-earning women and their families. Inanna’s House began in 1992, when a group of women met in a local coffee shop to discuss their vision of providing secure, low-cost housing for women where they could also explore their spiritual, emotional, mental, physical, economic and other needs.
- First Fremantle Housing Collective – comprises of 14 co-located homes and a community facility. It was formed in 1985 after a meeting called by the City of Fremantle, which had set aside some land for a housing co-operative. The founding members built their homes and moved in in June 1987.
We went home inspired, and reading the feedback on the evaluation sheets, everyone else did too!
We envisage running these tours on a semi-regular basis. If you missed out and want to come along next time, email us!
Green Fabric‘s aim is to facilitate and promote sustainable community living and building. We’re connecting and assisting people interested in this: future owners and residents, professionals and trades, and investors.
Co-operation Housing is a community housing provider with unique experience in successfully assisting housing co-operatives with the ongoing day to day operation and management. Innana’s House and First Fremantle are two of their members.