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New Logo

We’re pleased to reveal our new logo:

Isn’t it awesome?

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New Directors and SEEF Grant Success

The CSHC is proud to announce the results of the recent election of directors:

  • Rick Collins
  • Georgia Ginnivan
  • Hannah Neumayer
  • Tom Stayner
  • Meghan Thomas-Richards

Congratulations to them all, and also to the others that nominated.

In other exciting Coop news, we have received $1,605.79
in a SEEF grant from the Vice-Chancellor at the ANU. We’ll use this grant to purchase a projector for movie nights and show-and-tell, an interesting new event we’ll be bringing to the community next semester.

AGM Minutes to follow shortly

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Reminder: AGM and Directors’ Nominations

This is a reminder that our Annual General Meeting will be held on September 23rd.  There are two main tasks:

  1. to report on our activities for the past year (it’s been a BIG one); and
  2. elect our board of directors.

At the bottom of this post are two important excerpts from our Constitution (sections 26 and 5) relavent to the AGM and directors’ elections.

If you are considering nominating as a director, we need your nomination by the end of today!  Please email canberracoop (at) gmail.com (again, see below for information on how to do this).

More information on Directors

It is the directors’ responsibility to guide the cooperative according to our mission:

“providing  sustainable, affordable and inclusive housing, for students, by students.”

More specifically:

  • There are 5 directors, determined by a vote of the primary membership at the AGM.
  • Directors are also primary members.

Roles and responsibilities

  • Guiding the cooperative as a whole;
  • Strategic planning;
  • Representing the cooperative to outside parties and acting as a point of contact;
  • Legal and Financial responsibilities as specified in the Constitution and Cooperatives Act (2002);
  • Overseeing other activities such as expansion and growth, application and induction procedures, etc

Currently, directors meet weekly to discuss and decide matters concerning the duties as specified above.  Roles within the Board are not currently defined, but the board may decide to specialise roles  (eg. representatives of each committee, outreach, Havelock Liaison, active role in the induction process, communications).

Constitution excerpts

26 Annual General Meetings

26.1 The ordinary business of the annual general meeting shall be –

(a) to confirm minutes of the last preceding general meeting (whether annual or special);

(b) to receive from the board, auditors, or any officers of the co-operative reports upon the transactions of the co-operative during the financial year, including balance sheet, trading account, profit and loss account, statement of cash flows, and

(c) the state of affairs at the end of that year; (d) to elect and determine the remuneration (if any) of directors.

26.2 The annual general meeting may also transact special business of which notice has been given to members in accordance with these rules.

26.3 All business of a general meeting, other than ordinary business, is special business.

5 How directors are to be elected

(a) At least 6 weeks before an annual general meeting, the board must –

(1) notify all members of the number of directors retiring at the annual general meeting in writing; and

(2) advise the members of –

(A) their eligibility to nominate as a director; and

(B) the duties and responsibilities of a director and the nomination and election procedures.

15.2 Nominations of candidates for election as directors.

(a) A nomination must –

(1) be signed by 2 or more members; and

(2) provide details of the qualifications and experience of the person nominated; and

(3) be accompanied by a notice in writing signed by the candidate agreeing to his or her nomination.

(b) The nomination and the notice must be given to the Chair of the board at least 14 days before the meeting.

(c) These details must be given to members along with a meeting notice at least 7 days before the meeting.

15.3 Manner of election

(a) The ballot for the election of directors must be conducted at the annual general meeting in the manner that the board directs.

(b) If, at the annual general meeting at which an election of directors ought to take place, the place of any retiring directors is not filled, the meeting stands adjourned until the same day and time in the next week and at the same place unless another place is specified by a director or officer of the co-operative.

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Media release: CSHC welcomes Legislative Assembly recognition, support

23 August 2012

Canberra Co-op Welcomes Legislative Assembly Support for Affordable, Student-driven solution to Housing Crisis

The Canberra Student Housing Cooperative today welcomed the report of the ACT Legislative Assembly Standing Committee on Education, Training and Youth Affairs (PDF), which recommended exploring the cooperative model as a solution to the student housing crisis.

The Committee’s report on Accommodation Needs for Tertiary Students in the ACT recommended “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” (Recommendation 3).

“Affordable and appropriate accommodation remains out of reach for many students in the ACT, so this report is timely,” CSHC Director, Tom Stayner said.  “It’s great to see that our student-driven solution, which provides affordable, inclusive and sustainable accommodation, is getting the recognition it deserves.”

“Although the report identified the Sydney University model, it’s important to clarify that we already have a student co-op here in Canberra, which recently began housing 22 students in a truly affordable community environment at Havelock House in Turner,” Mr. Stayner added.

“We have based our model on the great examples of Stucco Cooperative in Sydney, and from the strong tradition of cooperatives in North America, where hundreds of student-run residences provide accommodation, community and professional development for their members. This year is United Nations International Year of Cooperatives, so it’s a great time to be spreading the word.”

The Committee noted, “the ACT is potentially an ideal place for an approach to alternative accommodation models for students… with increasing demand and difficulties in meeting that demand, there is a need for innovation and novel solutions to satisfy demand for affordable student housing.”  It added that existing ACT Cooperative legislation is able to accommodate housing cooperatives.

“The cooperative model is a cost-effective solution to the lack of adequate, secure and affordable accommodation, as identified in today’s report. It is now up to the Government to act on these recommendations – as we approach this year’s election, we look forward to continuing our work with both government and universities to expand the use of this model in the ACT,” Mr. Stayner said.


Contact: Tom Stayner 0409 605 875
Read the full report (PDF)

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Coop Update

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:


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.


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


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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Notice of 2012 Annual General Meeting

In six weeks, the Canberra Student Housing Cooperative will be holding our Annual General Meeting for 2012!

Date: Sunday September 23, 2012
Time: 7pm (TBC)
Location: Canberra Student Housing Co-operative, Havelock House, Turner, ACT

Our Constitution (PDF) contains provisions for the AGM, and for nominations and elections of our board of 5 directors.  Particularly relevant are sections 15 (‘How directors are to be elected’), 22 (‘How general and special meetings are to be called’) and 26 (‘Annual General Meetings’). For more information, or to nominate as a director, please email us.

Duties of directors: Broadly speaking, the board of directors acts as a ‘steering group’ to make strategic, procedural and other decisions on behalf of the Cooperative. The duties of a director, therefore, are varied, and include meeting weekly with fellow directors, working with members of the cooperative and external contacts and groups, and other activities as necessary.  In other words, the directors take a top-level, strategic view of the coop’s affairs, and pursue opportunities accordingly.  In the past, precise roles have been shaped depending on directors’ strengths – eg. if individuals have legal, financial or other skills, they have taken on these responsibilities.  A person is not qualified to be a director unless he or she is a primary member of the cooperative.

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Vacancy in Unit 5 of CSHC – Available July 30 – CLOSED


Are you:

  • A current student?
  • Keen to live in a place that’s a community, not just a house?
  • Interested in creating sustainable, inclusive and affordable student-run accommodation in Canberra?
  • Able to move in from the beginning of August

If so, we want to hear from you! The Canberra Student Housing Co-operative currently has an opportunity to join our community of 22 members at Havelock House, just blocks from ANU.  You’ll have your own college-style bedroom, and share kitchen and bathroom facilities with the 6 others in your unit.

Rent is $140 per week, including utilities.  In addition, you’ll contribute $60 a month for communal items such as internet, cleaning products and some food.

We provide accommodation in partnership with Havelock Housing Association and the ACT Government, under the Community Housing program.

For more information on the project and the application process, please visit our Info page

Keen? Download an application form: Application Form, then send it to canberracoop@gmail.com!

The room will become available on July 30

Applications close midnight, Sunday July 22, 2012.

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Want to join us? Applications now open for Semester 2! – CLOSED


Are you:

  • Currently studying?
  • Keen to live in a place that’s a community, not just a house?
  • Interested in creating sustainable, inclusive and affordable student-run accommodation in Canberra?

If so, we want to hear from you! The Canberra Student Housing Co-operative has several vacancies for Semester Two in our community at Havelock House, just blocks from ANU.  You’ll live in your own college-style bedroom, and share kitchen, bathroom and common areas with your fellow co-oppers.  The rent is $155/week, including utilities, internet and many communal items.

The rooms contain a bed, cupboard, sink, mirror and heater. There is are communal bathrooms, kitchens, toilets and living areas. Parking is available for residents.

We provide accommodation in partnership with Havelock Housing Association and the ACT Government, under the community housing program.

Apply now! Applications close midnight, Friday June 1, 2012.  

To apply, download this form: Application Form May 2012, complete it, and send to canberracoop@gmail.com

Contact: canberracoop@gmail.com

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Letter of news

Dear reader,

Hello and welcome back to this magical place. Sorry for the absence but you know, SO MUCH has been happening. In case, you were wondering, I will now proceed to enlighten you all through a collection of photographs.

We had a party…

HALLOWEEEEEEEEEN in May to celebrate all things scary and eat candy slash drink alcohol nom nom. Props to all the live music and excellent costumes, especially this glittery tinman…

For a more chilled atmosphere we have our weekly potluck dinners every Sunday night. Stories are shared; delicious food makes its way into our bellies, and it’s all washed down with some tasty wine and many a lol. We welcome any and all co-op enthusiasts to join us with a dish, i.e. you 🙂

Our weekly house meeting follows these dinners, so come along if you are keen to see us get down to bizness. Yeah it’s bizness time.

And if you are up for a spontaneous bike ride, then every Thursday we meet up on our bikes (other non-motor vehicles also welcome) and ride around Canberra wishing people a happy Thursday. It’s hella funtimes. Regard:

So if this hasn’t made you want to be more apart of slash LIVE in the co-op, I don’t know what will. Maybe the fact that we have some vacancies will tickle your fancy…

Two of our co-opers at the Canberra Student Housing Co-op are going away over June-July, so we’re looking for new (short-term, but sweet-term!) housemates!

Want more than just a roof over your head? Want an affordable, fun, and vibrant community home to live in? Maybe you’re just passing through Canberra for a winter course or looking to live out of home for the break?

WELL lucky for you, we have not one, but TWO rooms!!
Two rooms available from:
13th June – 29th July
21st June – 29th July

Want more information or want to apply!?
u4678126@anu.edu.au (Hannah)
edraki.f@gmail.com (Farz)

Get amongst this!

So that’s our news! Hope you are well and coping with this ridiculously cold weather. Come and warm the cockles of your heart (and bones) at the co-op.

Peace and ba-lessings


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