It’s expensive to build and maintain houses in remote parts of Australia, the cost steadily increasing with distance from capital cities and regional centres.
The rigours of our 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 one designed for 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 leads to poor health, and to other risks and dangers. 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. The project began in 2014 with the opening of a display home, a sustainable building on Magabala Road, Broome.
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 someone who’s never encountered one before.