TINY HOME COULD HOUSE A BIG IDEA
DEALING with an ageing population is a challenge for any community. So it is wonderful to have residents in Kalamunda Shire with many ideas to help support Kalamunda in the pursuit of finding a credible solution to our greying elders and where they will live. While the discussion continues about finding areas of land suitable for aged care, it would be good for planners to think outside the square. Alec Lisefski in California lives in a tiny house behind a much larger one in someone else’s “big, beautiful back yard” and pays a small amount of rent to the property owner. Despite the relatively isolated location of his tiny house, Lisefski claims that tiny houses, by design, facilitate more involvement with the community. There is so much new technology out there and so many architects with clever ideas. What does it take to open up the tender process to something outside the normal parameters? Councillors should ponder the resolutions for aged care and rezoning and consider what new models we could appropriate from other places. If no one has done them before, let Kalamunda be first.
Sally McGlew - Reporter