7 Quarry St
7 Quarry Street, in Fremantle, is to be the poster child for cooperative housing in Western Australia.
The City of Fremantle has invited expressions of interest from groups willing to develop the 1,500 square-metre site into a collaborative, affordable and sustainable housing project.
Green Fabric, in partnership with NGO Cooperation Housing, architect Sid Thoo, researcher Elizabeth Cheong and development manager Anthony Rizzacasa, is facilitating a group of people interested in being part of this exciting opportunity.
The City of Fremantle would like to see a project that follows the Baugruppen (literally building group) model. The concept originates from Germany, where it is increasingly common for self-organised groups to coordinate the design and construction of their own homes together.
Financially, cooperatively designing and building can cut around 20% of costs. Socially, these projects result in tighter-knit communities and lots of shared skills and resources.
7 Quarry Street is located on the eastern side of Fremantle, in walking distance from the train station and centre of town. It’s the perfect location for a pioneer cooperative project.
If you would like to build your own home but, rather than luxury Grand Designs-style projects, you want more affordable and sustainable housing, join us!
• 1500 m2
• 25-35 dwellings
• Medium-high density
• Close to Fremantle Train Station, parks, cafes, pubs
THE QUARRY ST TEAM
GREEN FABRIC FOUNDER
Eugenie is a sustainability expert and founder of Green Fabric. She is passionate about creating and facilitating more sustainable and community oriented lifestyles. She co-founded The Green Swing initiative and lives in the group’s first co-operative housing project, Genesis, which has won multiple sustainability awards. Eugenie founded Green Fabric to facilitate and help others create co-operative housing projects. Eugenie has a diverse background in finance, project and office management and a Postgraduate Diploma in Sustainability from Murdoch University, focusing on Sustainable Urban and Regional Planning.
Sid Thoo RAIA is an architect and educator with a passion for designing more sustainable buildings. He studied architecture at the University of Western Australia and graduated with Honours. He was a co-founder and director of architecture collective from 2008-2012.
In addition to his architectural projects, Sid also gives regular presentations and training on eco-effective building design, and is a sought-after public speaker. He is a NatHERS accredited assessor and a member of the Australian Institute of Architects.
CO-OPERATION HOUSING CEO
Co-operation Housing is a not-for-profit Australian public company that was established in 2010 with the aim of supporting and further developing the housing co-operative sector in Western Australia.
It is a registered community housing provider with the Western Australian Department of Housing, and the only registered community housing provider in Western Australia that specialises in housing co-operatives. Co-operation Housing offers services to housing co-operatives, to other organisations and to the wider community, including overseeing all registration, compliance, regulation, quality assurance and reporting processes. Co-operation Housing also offer property and tenancy management services.
Anthony is a Senior Development Manager with North Point Property Group which aims to delivers genuine affordable housing. The company’s approach to affordable housing is innovative and explores shared equity potentials as well as utilizing community land trusts for example. Prior to this he was the Director of Property Development with Access Housing Australia Ltd. He operates in the apartment market and has experience with delivering multi-story buildings.
Elizabeth is a researcher into co-operatives. She completed a three-year research project into cooperatives in WA as part of her Doctor of Philosophy and has continued working with the co-operative sector since, conducting several studies, including exploring financial, incorporation and ownership issues for housing co-operatives.
Melinda has 10 years of experience in urban and regional planning, including urban design, strategic planning, structure planning, development assessment, advocacy and subdivision design and processing. Melinda joined Whelans in 2009 from the Strategic Planning Section of the Town of Claremont. Prior to this appointment she worked as a Planner for the design firm HASSELL. Melinda has also had experience providing contract planning services to the Shire of Gingin and Main Roads WA.
David uses design processes to create sustainable lifestyles and businesses. He has exceptionally high levels of design thinking and project development skills working at the interfaces of planning and design, community and environment, and business and innovation. David has over 30 years experience in Australia, and internationally, working for government, industry, business, community groups, NGO’s and individuals. His qualifications include Chartered Professional Engineer and degrees in environmental science, sustainability and policy, and a doctorate in design and sustainability. He is a licensed by Bioregional Australia as a One Planet Integrator and works with the EcoDistricts Protocol.