Cohousing Co-operative Ltd

Cascades, Tasmania, Australia

  • Last updated: April 3, 2018 (2 seconds ago)
  • Listing created on: November 13, 2006

Mission Statement

Cohousing for low incomes

Community Description

On the slopes of the mountain in Hobart, Tasmania, a small cohousing project was completed in 2000 for low-income Tasmanians. The project was funded by the Australian Government, under the Community Housing Project scheme.

Organised as a housing cooperative, residents underwrite their non-equity housing with both a residency subscription (rent) and contributed services. All aspects of the organisation are managed by the members and residents themselves, via several committees.

The Cohousing Co-operative has eight goals:
1. Secure and stable support for our children’s needs and growth.
2. A mature group of adults who have and are learning group living skills.
3. A valued, diverse, productive recreational landscape.
4. A safe, secure, and friendly neighbourhood and community.
5. Environmental integrity and sustainable energy practices.
6. Creating, fostering, and mentoring cohousing cooperatives.
7. An autonomous cooperative that engages the wider community.
8. Physical structures that meet the requirements of residents.

This cohousing is particularly unusual for lots of reasons. It is very small (only 13 houses, including the common house), it is government funded, and it is a cooperative as well as cohousing. Despite (or perhaps because of) these features, the community is close-knit, effective, and can be rather intense.

Common meals are held twice a week, site meetings are held fortnightly, and various celebrations and social events happen whenever they happen.

It is a particularly excellent environment for children, with a large, safe outdoor play area backing onto the bush, good communication between parents, and plenty of things to do.

  • Status: Established (At least 4+ adults, 2+ years)
  • Started Planning: 1992
  • Start Living Together: 2000
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Please read the details in Membership below before contacting this community. Send Message
  • Website address:
  • Contact Name: Secretary
  • Community Address:
    201 Strickland Ave
    Cascades, Tasmania, 7004
  • Location


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


  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 4 acres
  • Current Residence Types: Single-family homes
  • Current Number of Residences: 13
  • Housing Provided: Rental, Included in Membership
  • Land owned by: The entire community membership
  • Additional Comments:

    Including commonhouse 12 originally constructed (including commonhouse), 1 adjacent house purchased later


  • Adult Members: 21
  • Child Members: 18
  • Non-member Residents: 4
  • Percent Women: 61-70%
  • Percent Men: 21-30%
  • Percent Transgender: 0%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Visitor Process:

    Contact us via the webpage:

  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    Membership is granted on selection to live in a Co-housing Co-operative Ltd managed house. Selection is made on a number of criteria based on applicants’ eligibility for State of Tasmania and Commonwealth of Australia Public Housing agreements, International Principles of Co-operation and Cohousing agreements.


  • Decision Making: Consensus (everyone agrees)
  • Identified Leader: No
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes


  • Join Fee: $0.70
  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: Yes
  • Regular Fee per Month: $447
  • Shared Income: None
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 2
  • Open to members with existing debt: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    AUD $1.00 membership fee, paid on application for membership.

    Residency Subscription (or ‘rent’) paid fortnightly.

Sustainability Practices

  • Energy Infrastructure: We are connected to the grid.
  • Current renewable energy generation: 50-75%
  • Energy sources: Wind, Hydro-Electric
  • Planned renewable energy generation: 100%
  • Current food produced: 0%, or close to 0%
  • Planned food produced: Up to 25%
  • Food produced locally: Up to 25%


  • Common Facilities: Common House, Garden(s), Greenhouse(s), Vehicle Share, Library, Outbuilding(s), Outdoor Kitchen, Large Scale Kitchen, Stage or Auditorium, Fire pit, Swingsets & play areas, Internet
  • Internet Available: Yes, both the community and individuals provide it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Good for most people.
  • Shared meals: 2-5 times per week
  • Dietary Practice: Omnivorous (plants and animals), Local (food sourced within 150 miles), Organic (no pesticides or synthetic fertilizers), Mostly Vegetarian, Opportunivore (dumpster diving, nature harvesting, etc.), Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: No – people may eat however they wish.
  • Special Diets OK: Yes
  • Alcohol Use: Yes, used occasionally.
  • Tobacco Use: Yes, used seldomly, or ceremoniously.
  • Additional Diet Comments:

    We have a wood fired pizza oven.

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Not a particularly spiritual or religious community, Atheist, Agnostic, Humanist
  • Education Style(s): Private School off the property, Public Schooling
  • Expected Healthcare Practices:

    Wash hands.

  • Additional Comments:

    Australia has a publically funded universal healthcare system supported by a extra percentage on income tax called the MEDICARE levy. You should get one too.

Additional Comments

Urban fringe, forest, bushland, mountain

Community Affiliations

Cascade Cohousing

Fair Housing Laws

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