Broome charity home opens to improve indigenous housing
A long-term vision of improving Indigenous housing in the Kimberley region of WA will come another step closer with the official opening of the inaugural FISH Charity Display Home at LandCorp’s Waranyjarri Estate on Saturday November 22, 2014 by the Hon. Mark William Lewis, MLC Member for Mining and Pastoral Region (Eyre, Kalgoorlie, Kimberley, North West Central and Pilbara).
Completed over seven months by Summit North West in partnership with the Foundation for Indigenous Sustainable Housing (FISH), the charity home will be sold next year with all profits raised invested back into the Foundation which has an aim to improve housing and employment options for local Indigenous communities.
Director Richard Simpson said the home was built to raise awareness of Indigenous disadvantage and, at the same time, raise funds for Indigenous participation, education and employment.
“It’s an unfortunate reality that poor health and housing conditions are prevalent in Broome and other regional centres of Western Australia,” Mr Simpson said.
“The opening of the FISH Charity Display home goes a long way to promoting health and social cohesion within Indigenous communities and the completion and upcoming sale of our first home is the perfect catalyst to keep the momentum going on what is such a critical issue as it will allow us to build more homes and educate more communities.”
The two-storey 4 bedroom, 2 bathroom home is based on a design by renowned architect Richard Longley and was developed during six months of consultation with the Junjuwa community at Fitzroy Crossing.
“Richard designed a home that was context appropriate and environmentally and socially responsive for the Junjuwa people. We took some of those principles and made a few changes to suit the context the region,” Mr Simpson said.
“We asked Summit North West to be our building partner as we knew we could utilise a number of innovative building techniques that not only brought the design to life but also suited the unique conditions of Broome.”
The home is built with sturdy steel frames and clad in Masterwall which has fantastic thermal properties. It was built on-site using local trades and materials, but the unique design has the flexibility to be built off-site and transported anywhere in the region.
Given Broome’s climate, the controlling influence of the homes is its ability to keep the summer sun out and create breezeways to assist in cooling.
The home has been designed to allow the successful purchaser the chance to enjoy an indoor/outdoor lifestyle all year round.
“The inspiration draws largely from the ability to make use of natural ventilation in the milder months of the dry season to encourage outdoor living. Inside, the home’s open plan living style makes it perfect for multiple families to co-habit but also assist in breezeways.
Anyone interested in visiting the home can do so at Lot 163, 6 Magabala Road, Broome North Estate, Broome. The home will be open for the first time to the public from 12pm – 5pm on November 22, 2014 and thereafter until the 14th of December will be open from 12-4pm Saturdays and Sundays
Anyone interested in purchasing the home should register their interest with Summit North West on 9333 0896. All profits raised will be invested back into FISH.