Frequently Asked Questions - LIVING ARRANGEMENTS

Can I live part time on Kanjini Co-Op Land?
Yes you can. There are many people who have expressed an interest in Kanjini Co-Op who travel for careers and want a special place to call home when not travelling, somewhere they can feel comfortable knowing they are contributing to the best interest of our planet.  There are others who live in the nearby towns who can only enjoy being on the land at weekends due to work commitments.

Is there going to be a central community space?
There will be at least one shared community space per settlement.

What about Families?
We welcome families with children of all ages and
our fees are structured to help families.

Open to visitors?
Yes – Kanjini Co-Op recognises that visitors are the lifeblood of any community and will facilitate for and encourage a healthy flow-through of short and long term visitors.

Will there be guest accommodation? Yes members will have preference to book any visitor accommodation for their guests.

What type of animals are allowed?
There is a ban on cats and dogs except under exceptional circumstances. We envisage responsible animal husbandry in line with Co-Op needs.

What about Smoking, Alcohol and Drugs? Drunkenness or smoking will be banned in and near communal areas, smoking will be allowed in designated areas. No illegal drugs are permitted on Kanjini land.

How are people going to live? Separate dwellings or communal?
Kanjini encourage communal living but honours each individuals need for privacy.
Without very expensive development application, council allows us only very few separate dwellings which fits well with the Kanjini vision. What we envision is to design dwellings so individual rooms/spaces have maximum privacy (for example use rock walls for good sound insulation), while being close to shared amenities to encourage shared activities like evening meals.

What type of accommodation will be provided?
Kanjini recognises an individuals need for privacy and space and will endeavour to provide a variety of accommodation styles. However as sustainability is a major component of the Kanjini Co-Op Vision any separate personal spaces will need to be not only aesthetically pleasing but be simple and practical. Kanjini Co-Op's emphasis is on reducing our footprint on our precious Earth. Therefore laundry/drying facilities, kitchens and general living areas will be shared.
We will have dormitories, rooms under common roof and a very limited number of separate “pavilions” as well as large communal living areas (eg dining, laundry, library etc).
Full members will have basic but private accommodation but we envisage dormitory accommodation for WWOOFERS and some visitors. Available spaces are offered to members based on suitability and how long they have been members for.
However as Sustainability is a major component of the Kanjini Co-Op Vision, any separate personal spaces will be not only aesthetically pleasing and use sustainable materials but be simple and practical.
Kanjini Co-Ops emphasis is on reducing our footprint on our precious Earth. Therefore communal laundry/drying facilities, kitchens, dining and general living areas will be shared.

Who decides on location/ design/rules etc, ?
The members in our meetings, so all of us together

I want to have my own hut/studio/house. Can I do that on Kanjini Co-Op land?
Since Kanjini does not have any private ownership of land or major assets, you cannot own your hut/studio/house, but you may be able to have a usage agreement over such a space.

A share in Kanjini is so affordable because we will not have individual dwellings. The latter would require us to go through lengthy and very expensive approval and compliance processes and require much higher ongoing costs like rates, insurance and maintenance. In most communities who have done this

Since Kanjini Co-Op is committed to work within the law, we will be bound by council regulations and that means no more than two dwellings on one property. While the second dwelling cannot be larger than 200sqm, the main dwelling can be very large and have many rooms and even 'pavilion' style parts, so not everything has to be under one roof and some rooms can be separate to some extent, providing they do not have kitchens and laundry facilities (then they would be classed as a dwelling). We have received verbal indications from council that in additions to the mentioned pavilions we should be able to build about 6-8 'huts' as farm-stay accommodation. As we still have no clear answer from council as to what is acceptable and what is not in accordance with Local Council Plans and Guidelines, it will be more a case to case decision and what might be accepted by council for some early members (first joined, first served) might not be possible to do again later.

What type of accommodation is available now?
Currently no permanent accommodation is available as the only two dwellings on the land are currently tenanted to service our bank loan.
In our current fifth stage of the land development we are offering our last three foundation shares to finance the first share-house on the land. We are also working on some temporary accommodation and we have several camping spots which can be utilised for up to three month at a time.

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