Artists flock to new SHAC on the block

Artists flock to new SHAC on the block

Fremantle’s creative community is taking advantage of a new tailor-built housing development in White Gum Valley.

Housing Minister Peter Tinley, who today officially opened the complex for community housing organisation Access Housing, said nine of the 12 homes were already occupied.

The Sustainable Housing for Artists and Creatives (SHAC) development accommodates professional artists and creative individuals who are priced out of the housing market by low incomes.

The development is a partnership between LandCorp, Access Housing and the Fremantle-based SHAC artistic co-operative. Access Housing owns the homes and provides tenancy management and support services.

The SHAC complex consists of three three-bedroom townhouses, eight two-bedroom units and one one-bedroom unit. It incorporates two creative working spaces used for meetings, exhibitions and events.

Located in LandCorp’s White Gum Valley estate, the complex has used innovative design techniques to achieve a ‘seven-star’ efficiency rating for environmental sustainability.

It is one of the few residential strata complexes in Western Australia to offer community-based solar energy capture and storage as well as shared usage infrastructure for its residents. Access Housing funded the $4.66 million complex as part of its community housing growth commitment.

Access Housing is a registered community housing provider that owns or manages 1,805 dwellings on behalf of the Department of Communities.

“The local creative community is an essential part of Fremantle’s vibrant culture and identity. But like many Western Australians on lower incomes, local artists feel that they are priced out of the housing market,” said Housing Minister Peter Tinley.

“SHAC helps to address this situation by offering much-needed community housing for singles, families and people nearing retirement age. Tenants also have the option to buy one of these bespoke designed homes at a price that’s affordable for those on low-to-moderate incomes.”

State Member for Fremantle¬†Simone McGurk said the SHAC development will strengthen Fremantle’s status as a destination for the Arts, and ensure that artists remain an integral part of the Freo community.

“The SHAC development is a great initiative, which will allow artists to pursue their craft without financial stress and in turn enrich our¬†creative community.

“I’m proud to be part of a Government that recognises the importance of the Arts in Western Australia.”