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|From: Unnat (ZENiinet.net.au)|
|Date: Thu, 15 Oct 1998 19:25:05 -0500|
Hi everyone, I'm busting with delight - our render colour quest has been successful! To briefly explain - Pinakarri Community's housing co-op (cohousing style) is a joint venture of publically funded rental for people on low-incomes (non-equity) and privately funded home ownership (equity). The funding of 'non-equity' part is administered by the State Housing Authority and although funding conditions are for maximising tenant involvement in design and management towards the noble end of empowerment and self-determination etc, the bureaucrats struggle with this concept. Back to the colours. We chose a bold palette - 4 yellow, 3 terracotta, 2 bluish green, 2 plum, 2 blue - we and the architect were happy. The State Housing folk suggested beige and brown. Our starting positions stated, the negotiations began. The past 6 weeks have seen emails flying about, letters of support, advice from friendly consultants, you know what it's like. They moved to accepting the 'mustard' (our yellow) and terracotta, the green squeaked in. The plum and blue were definately OUT. We persisted. Some of us have nonviolence direct action experience (forest rescue work) and we were sent in to close the deal. The State Housing people left the site yesterday, looking rather bewildered and obviously wondering how they came to support this outrageous colour scheme. This was a victory of principle and empowerment. We have a commitment to making sure that they get mucho kudos for their boldness. Can't wait to send you the pictures. Yeeehaaa!!!! Warmest regards Robyn Williams Pinakarri Community Fremantle, Western Australia
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