|Cascade Cohousing Australia||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: ian_hig (ian_higantdiv.gov.au)|
|Date: Thu, 23 May 1996 19:14:24 -0500|
Dear all, I thought I would send a brief update on Cascade Cohousing in Tasmania for those who have been wondering what we've been upto over the past year or so while I have been unsubscribed. We have now completed 12 out of our 14 houses and have made all of our common house useable (even if all the trim is not in place). Building wise we are concentrating on building our path system and putting in some land scaping, very welcome elements of the design for those of us who have been living on site for three years. We are running 3 common meals a week and they are very popular, some people are interested in having 4 available per week. My daughter (who is now 5) finds common meals her favourite nights of the week. She and the other 4 kids on site love playing in the kids room and around the common house. Our guest room is getting regular use, including a few visitors from the US. Community wise I think we are generally going very well. Issues that in the past we gave a low priority (even though recognising their importance) such as pets and the limits of what activities require group consent are now a high priority and taking up more time. This will require revisiting our original goals and agreements and interpreting the language and working out whgat we want now. We have those who would like the group to regulate a wide range of activities that potentially impact on the common property (eg caged pets that might escape, plants that might be weeds) and those who feel that except where there are direct impacts on neighbours/common property that the group should have no say on what happens in priovate back yards. The classic issues of dogs and cats come up with questions on how we can limit the numbers of animals on site (eg 1 dog and 3 cats) but be fair to people who might want to get a pet in the future. Vegetable gardens are going in and we look forward to some good crops next spring/summer. One member is seriously considering selling their house (this will be our first sale since establishment) now that they have moved off site to live with a new partner. Also on the cohousing front, a cohousing coooperative is likely to start building Hobart's (and Australia's?) second cohouse later this year. This will be a rental co-operative and there will be some controls on rents for low income earners. It is great to come back and see mail here from people who are now building after many years of planning and hard work. Regards to all Ian Higginbottom Cascade Cohousing Hobart, Tasmania Australia Ian Higginbottom Fisheries Hydroacoustics Australian Antarctic Division Channel Highway Kingston, Tasmania 7004 Tel: (002) 323 360 Intl: 61 02 323 360 Fax: (002) 323 351 Intl: 61 02 323 351
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