I’ve been accepted as 1 out of 12 to attend the 500 Communities program in Nevada City, USA. This is a training program facilitated by expert cohousing consultant Katie McCamant from CoHousing Solutions (USA). I’ve also incredibly grateful to have been offered a part scholarship to help me get over there, I need it! This is great recognition of my work & will provide a unique opportunity for me to connect with & learn from those that lead the way around the world in cohousing.
Imagine if you and your neighbours pulled your fences down. What would it look like? How would it feel? How would it impact you, how you live in your home, how you use the garden and how you interact with your neighbours? How might it change your community?
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.
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.
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.
The Fremantle Council has announced the introduction of a Baugruppen demonstration project.
The idea is based on a German model of housing development, allowing buyers to bypass developers and create tailor-made apartments. The council is selling off 7 Quarry Street in Fremantle, a 1,477-square-metre block close to Fremantle Park and the central shopping district and next door to a child care centre.
The council is seeking Expressions of Interest from groups of prospective buyers who want to collectively build without the involvement of property developers or real estate agents to show their interest.