|cohousing in Australia||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Mona Loofs (mloofspostoffice.utas.edu.au)|
|Date: Sun, 4 May 1997 18:43:09 -0500|
Hello everyone I've been lurking on the list for some time now, trying to keep up with the traffic and reading everything with interest. It has been incredibly inspiring to find out there is a huge community of cohousers out there who have gone through (or are going through) many of the same things that we are going through here "down under". Brief background: I am in the second of two cohousing groups in Hobart in Tasmania, Australia. the first is a self-funded, mostly self-built co-op and ours is funded by commonwealth grant money from various different sources, to the tune of $1.2 million. The grant money is administered by our local state housing department, well known for their rigid and stuffy ways and their insistance on red tape. We are at the stage now where we have identified a fantastic piece of land (coincidentally a stone's throw away from the other cohousing group) but cannot put in a bid ourselves - the department does that - and they will not put in a bid until they are certain of the financial feasibility of the project. So we are spending $10,000 of our grant money working with an architect to sort out site plans, house plans and infrastructure costings, not knowing whether the bid will fail or be successful. Hair-raising stuff. I have two questions for the list: firstly, are there any other groups out there who are working from grant money, not your own money, and what are the pitfalls and high points you have experienced? Secondly, I am really interested in making contact with other Australian cohousers (I have contacted some directly already) with the view to eventually setting up an Australian discussion list (particularly important to find out about local resources). Please reply to that last one direct to me at the above address. Thanks folks Mona Loofs in a cohousing group with no other name as yet apart from "The Cohousing Cooperative Ltd" Soon we'll get to have all those wonderfully stressful naming meetings some people have mentioned...
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