On 21 June There was an eco-collaborative housing book event organised by Castlemaine Library at the Phee Broadway Theatre in Mechanics Lane, Castlemaine. Small is Necessary: Shared Living on a Shared Planet was released by Pluto Press (London) earlier this year and is stocked by Stonemans BookRoom in Castlemaine.
More than 150 people came to hear Small is Necessary's author Anitra Nelson speak about different strategies for shared, eco-friendly living around the world. She discussed the positive social and economic benefits of small, co-operative living with another local, Mary-Faeth Chenery, who is a member of a group establishing a cohousing project in central Victoria, WinC — Older Women in Cohousing.
Anitra also spoke at a Localising Leanganook community conversation on Sunday 17 June at the Ray Bradfield Room adjacent to Victory Park in Castlemaine. There she asked whether housing for ‘degrowth’ and ‘eco-collaborative’ housing were ways of the future with reference to both Small is Necessary and the soon to be published collection she has co-edited with Francois Schneider, Housing for Degrowth: Principles, Models, Challenges and Opportunities. Anitra discussed aspects of degrowth, housing for degrowth and eco-collaborative housing as ways of achieving more affordable, sustainable and community-based living.