Innovative Housing on Show in Kalamunda

Published on 5 December 2018
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Innovative Housing Expo

Over four hundred visitors last week descended upon the Kalamunda Agricultural Hall to catch a glimpse of the state’s most innovative housing solutions.

Hosted by the City of Kalamunda, the Innovative Housing Expo has been hailed a great success, thanks to its leadership in driving awareness of sustainable, economical and community driven living options.

Mayor John Giardina said, “We are delighted with the level of interest received in our first ever Innovative Housing Expo. It was a pleasure to showcase the wonderful work of many local and Perth-based companies that are leading the way in innovative and alternative housing.

In this day and age, being environmentally, economically and socially conscious is a must and that’s what our expo was all about.”

Six tiny homes lined the Agricultural Hall car-park, giving expo-goers a chance to see how big living can be done in the smallest of spaces. The homes proved a massive hit, drawing interest from the elderly to young adults looking for a home of their own. 

Stalls by Biophilic Cities Australia, Bickley Balehaus, the Henry Project, New Earth Living, Passivhaus Perth and more filled the hall’s interior, drawing consistent crowds throughout the day.

Attendees were also treated to a series of short seminars presented by industry leaders. Seminars covered everything on innovative housing in the modern world, from hemp homes to tree preserving architecture.

City of Kalamunda planning officer, Stephanie Brokenshire, was one of the nine guest speakers, sharing her research on the Tiny Homes on Wheels movement in the United States and how they have managed policy complexities.

Mayor John Giardina explained the City of Kalamunda was seeking to understand how the community felt about the different housing types on offer.

“Now that we have been able to provide some insight into what’s out there, we want to know what our community thinks. Are these living options they would like to see more of in the community? Should our planning policies support a more diverse range of living options?”

The City has established an online consultation project at engage.kalamunda.wa.gov.au/innovativehousing to capture feedback. Everyone is encouraged to share their views, which will help guide the City’s review of their Housing Strategy. The survey will be open until 31 January 2019 and can also be completed in writing, with hard copies available at local libraries and the City’s Administration Building.

For further information on housing in the City of Kalamunda, contact 9257 9999 or email enquiries@kalamunda.wa.gov.au.

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