TSS079_Tiny House Initiative

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The Tiny House Initiative that’s set to leave a not so tiny legacy

Back in episode 74 for ‘International World Indigenous Day’ on August 9, I recorded an amazing podcast with Ben Stainer on his Indigenous upbringing and family history.

In that episode, he mentioned a state government funded program that’s coming up in the not too distant future, designed around training, employing and housing members of the Jerrinja Aboriginal Community on the South Coast of NSW in the Shoalhaven area.

In today’s podcast, I’m speaking with Mr Alfred Wellington, who is the CEO of the Jerrinja Local Aboriginal Land Council about the ‘Tiny Houses Initiative’ that has won the first round support of a $4 million state government grant.

Out of three hundred applicants for the grant, the Jerrinja Local Aboriginal Land Council came in the top twenty, which is a pretty big deal. Alfred states in this podcasts that their acceptance into the program was a testament to the innovative proposal that was submitted.

The proposal will see a series of small (2 bedroom) eco friendly homes build on the local land, however where the program gets interesting is in the space of how it’s going to be developed.

Members of the community will be building these homes themselves.

Under the guidance of qualified and skilled mentors, members of the community will be taught the practical skills required to build the projects. The initiative will teach and educate new skills, it will create work (which is limited in the Shoalhaven area), while at the same time providing housing.

Enjoy this podcast.

You can reach out to Alfred at [email protected]

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