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EXCITING NEWS! CLICK HERE FOR the act government’s report into the Accommodation needs of tertiary education students in the ACT.

The Canberra Student Housing Cooperative is pleased to see that the third recommendation of this report is:

“that the ACT Government explore developing student co-operative models, along the lines of the Sydney University model, with ANU or UC and report to the Legislative Assembly on this matter. “

Well this should be easy, given that there is a functioning cooperative at Havelock House currently providing affordable, secure and sustainable communal to tertiary students – Us! The CSHC will be forming a response to this recommendation in the coming weeks.

Other News

We had another epic party:

Asides from having a good time, we were celebrating a new record in residents: twenty-two across four units!

Being bigger has led to some changes in our governance, changes that we are still working out. Essentially, the cooperative is now managed through four squads: Finance, Food, Planning and Events. We also have two smaller squads: Acquisitions and Environment. The squads meet throughout the week and work out proposals for the cooperative as a whole and then distribute these through dropbox for discussion at the Sunday meeting. This new model has drastically cut our Sunday meeting times from three hours to under one hour, and enabled us to get quite a bit done. Here’s a run-down on some of the exicting things we’ve planned/proposed:

food

Communal food will now be kept in a store room in one of the units, so that residents can easily replace detergent, toilet paper, flour, rice, etc. without having to travel to the shops.

events

We now have a fortnightly ‘Spotlight’ arts share event! – see this Facebook event for details! http://www.facebook.com/events/336762519748628/

empire

We’re working out the rules of the house, and will put these up on the website for prospective partakers to peruse soon! We’re also nutting out an update to the constitution.

Most excitingly, the CSHC will be travelling to Victoria for a planning day/retreat to set a plan for the coming years.

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