Cascade Cohousing

South Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

  • Last updated: November 21, 2015 (1 year ago)
  • Listing created on: January 24, 2005

Mission Statement

Cohousing to develop sense of community

Community Description

Cascade Cohousing is cohousing modeled on the Danish and US experience described in the book “Cohousing” by McCammant and Durret.
We have a strong focus on the sharing of meals as a catalyst of “sense of community” and have three common meals per week available in our common house. Many community members are concerned about reducing the environmental impact of their lifestyles. We place a strong emphasis on both community and privacy. Half the group is vegetarian. We have common gardens, a workshop, children’s areas, guest room, TV/video room, and the like. We enjoy working and playing together. We lack a common ideology other than wanting to live this type of lifestyle. Our children love living at Cascade Cohousing.

Contact the community and arrange a date/time to visit. We do not have fixed visiting times or days. We welcome visitors subject to a host being available to meet the visitor.

  • Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
  • Started Planning: 1990
  • Start Living Together: 1992
  • Visitors accepted: Yes, rarely
  • Open to new Members: Not currently, but there is a list or possibly in the future
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  • Website address:
  • Contact Name: Cascade Cohousing
  • Phone: +61-(0)3-6223-4405
  • Community Address:
    South Hobart, Tasmania, 7004
  • Location


  • Type(s): Cohousing (individual homes within group owned property)
  • Location: Suburban


  • Area: 2 acres
  • Current Number of Residences: 14
  • Land owned by: Individual community member(s)
  • Additional Comments:

    Strata (condominium) title with common property

    16 residences due to 2 flats attached to houses

    14 (2 have flats gives 16 residences total)


  • Adult Members: 40
  • Child Members: 14
  • Percent Women: 51-60%
  • Percent Men: 41-49%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes, rarely
  • Visitor Process:

    Contact the community and arrange a date/time to visit. We do not have fixed visiting times or days. We welcome visitors subject to a host being available to meet the visitor.

  • Membership Process:

    Membership by purchase or renting

  • Additional Comments:

    Spiritual path is a private and not a community concern


  • Decision Making: Modified Consensus (everyone agrees, with some exceptions or fallbacks.)
  • Identified Leader: Yes, multiple identified leaders
  • Additional Comments:

    Consensus – meaning “no one maintains an objection” which is different from everyone agreeing and closer to the “consent” model of sociocracy.
    By poll of unit entitlement when required by law


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Regular Fee per Month: $90
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 2
  • Additional Comments:

    6 hours/month (about)

    Members must purchase their house from an existing member as per normal real estate transaction. Or rent a home in the community.

    Strata fees and shared expenses

Sustainability Practices

  • Current renewable energy generation: Up to 25%
  • Energy sources: Solar, Biomass
  • Planned renewable energy generation: Up to 25%
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%
  • Planned food produced: Up to 25%
  • Food produced locally: Up to 25%


  • Shared meals: 2-5 times per week
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), GMO Free (only non-genetically modified organisms), Mostly Vegetarian
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    Common meals work! We have had them now for 12 years.

    Common meals are vegetarian

    50% group vegetarian, common meals vego

    glass of wine or beer with meal is common

    Not in common house, otherwise not a community concern

  • Education Style(s): Home Schooling, Private School off the property, Public Schooling