Alison Grace, Currently couch surfing in Mullumbimby
For more than three decades I have enjoyed being actively engaged in the creative play of growing community – from establishing community gardens, schools, festivals and celebrations, to supporting natural birthing families.
I am now confronted with the reality that not only can I no longer afford to live here, – even were I abundantly wealthy, there are no guaranteed long term rentals available. This is not just ‘my’ story.
In counselling it is increasingly being revealed that many families and individuals here are severely impacted by this housing crisis.
In my immediate circle more than six have been recently forced out of their accommodation. One single father has been asked to leave his home of several years, by Christmas Day, despite his original lease being until April 2021.
In such an abundantly wealthy and consciously caring community this housing situation is no longer acceptable.
Is there another way? Let us open to exploring potential solutions: re-zoning rural land into village, multiple use developments, caravan parks for tiny homes, low cost subdivision for locals (i.e with seven years proof of residence) amnesty for home sharers (formerly unapproved additions) extending simple sustainability dwelling requirements, and let us call a community forum in the new year for new way dreaming for one and all!
And while we are taking care of our community, what about addressing the obscene cost of keeping refugees in detention for no fault of their own, in a country that is the most spacious in the whole world. I have lived in India, a country smaller than Australia, with a billion more people!!! Surely HOME is possible for ALL!
Let us open our hearts and minds to a truly happy new year