Suzanne Henderson from CACOM – the Centre for Australian Community Organisations and Management – has advised us of a Living Co-operatively Symposium to be held at Petersham in Sydney, in Feb 2008. The great potential for co-op solutions – not only to the housing crisis, but many other pressing issues for society – will be addressed.
Representatives of local and state governments, housing bodies, political and social advocates and all those interested in the debate around housing and sustainable communities.
Gun-Britt Martensson will visit Australia in 2008, giving her the opportunity to reflect on the Australian situation and us the chance to tap into her wide experience for future ideas.
Focussing on the co-operative organisational model – which in Sweden is an integral part of community life – the idea of communities living in an co-operative, democratic way will be explored over the 2 days of the symposium.
Gun-Britt has lived her entire life in co-operative housing and is an outspoken advocate for the benefits of co-operative living. She is a former mayor and member of the international peak body for co-operatives, The International Co-operative Alliance (ICA).
Looking at different ways for Local Government to provide affordable housing and alternative financing arrangements fro co-operative living should make for some interesting discussions and a possible future direction for us here in Oz.
Other speakers are currently being finalised.
Key members are University of Technology Sydney, the
Marrickville Council and Parramatta Councils, supported by the Association to resource Co-operative Housing (ARCH), the Co-operative Federation of NSW and The Mercury Centre.
For more info you can visit the conference website at www.mercury.org.au/lc.