Frequently Asked Questions - OWNERSHIP
Who owns land and dwellings?
The Cooperative – there is no individual ownership of land or
For thousands of years Aboriginal people have looked
after country without any notion of individual ownership, it took
white man about 200 years to make a mess out of the place by carving
it up into mine and yours. The notion of ownership is not just a
fallacy (we cannot take it with us) but an inherent problem to
sharing and looking after country.
Why doesn't a share give me my
own piece of land with a yearly levy to cover co-op cost etc.?
of the main aims of Kanjini Co-Op is cooperative living, sustainably.
We believe that private land ownership is a root cause of today's
world problems. By moving from "this land is my land" to
"we are one with the land", from private ownership to
sharing, we develop a cooperative system of shared custodianship. We
choose to not divide and apportion land because then we would have no
say or input regarding who purchased that land if sold (or
repossessed by the bank), therefore not knowing if the potential
neighbours would adhere to Kanjini Co-Op principles of land care for
instance or be aligned with the vision of Kanjini Co-Op. It also
would make it much harder for the Co-Op to control for example pets
which might cause problems, potentially harmful chemical use or
determine the type of buildings allowed.
What would be the arrangement
for people wanting to build their own houses, ie if there is no
ownership, who pays for the buildings?
do not build their own houses, the Co-Op builds all infrastructure.
People may suggest certain designs and building methods for personal
spaces and ask to be the manager of a building project, but it is the
cooperative who decides and pays for the project.
have created the possibility of self-interest
for situations where members want personal facilities over and above
All land, housing and infrastructure will be owned by
the cooperative,which means YOU as a member.
Why don't you allow private
ownership of houses, while keeping communal ownership of the land as
many communities do down south?
are referring to the Multiple Occupancy communities in NSW.
there is no Multiple Occupancy title available in Queensland.
Secondly giving anyone ownership of a dwelling makes it near
impossible to ever get rid of that person no matter how obnoxious
Thirdly we observe that in most communities with
private home ownership (and/or land ownership), slowly but surely
people become less and less involved in community activities and more
and more involved in 'their own thing' and what was once a thriving
community turns slowly into effectively alternative suburbia.
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