Frequently Asked Questions - LIVING ARRANGEMENTS
Can I live part time on
Kanjini Co-Op Land?
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
will be at least one shared community space per settlement.
What about Families?
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
members will have preference to book any visitor accommodation for
What type of animals are
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
How are people going to live?
Separate dwellings or communal?
encourage communal living but honours each individuals need for
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?
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
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
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.
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, ?
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?
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
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?
no permanent accommodation is available as the only two dwellings on
the land are currently tenanted to service our bank loan.
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
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