Anyone who’s spent time in remote parts of Australia knows it’s expensive to build houses here. And that’s just the start. The rigours of tropical climates require a determined approach to maintenance & repair – none of it cheap, all of it essential. And you need a building that belongs here, not in the cold deep south. It all adds up to plenty of money.
All the research tells us we can’t afford not to afford the cost of a good home here. Poor housing takes us fairly quickly to poor health, and other equally dangerous risks. Especially in our indigenous communities – where there are many obstacles to getting affordable, appropriate housing.
A group called FISH (Foundation for Indigenous Sustainable Housing) hopes to change that – with a new approach that looks to get people, industry and governance working more effectively together to address indigenous housing issues and help create more sustainable housing in the north of Western Australia. Tomorrow, FISH invites you to the opening of their first annual sustainable home – a display house they hope to sell next year to raise funds to build more homes. It’s open tomorrow at Lot 163, 6 Magabala Road, Broome North Estate.
LISTEN to FISH directors Scott Martyn, Richard Simpson and Vic Hunter talk about the challenges, the progress and what remains to be done. And listen near the end for Vic’s hilarious story about explaining the notion of an ensuite bathroom to some-one who’s never encountered one before.[audio https://rdontheroad.files.wordpress.com/2014/11/fish-long.mp3|bg=0x0000ff|righticon=0xff0000]