The project on Wood Street in Fremantle is Nightingale Housing’s first project outside of Victoria. Image: EHDO Architecture

Fini adds to Freo sustainability

Several alternative approaches to tackling housing affordability are taking shape across Fremantle, with social enterprise Nightingale Housing one step closer to actualising its Wood Street project with its recent launch of presales.


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What I'm not hearing with regard to these affordable housing projects is, who will be able to afford to live there? Fremantle has not produced truly affordable housing for all, as far as I can see. Ultimately it seems to be more affordable housing for those able to pay more in the first place, a case of concentrating "innovation" in one council area that is ridiculously expensive anyway, with one-off projects benefiting from a different kind of offset to costs - federal grants, financial input from universities, pro bono expertise. In that respect I can't see we are getting anywhere, because its not clear how transportable (and affordably so) all of this is. I also have significant doubts as to just how much renters, as opposed to owner-occupiers will benefit. Offering solar as a potential means to offset body corporate costs sounds like profiting from the sale of electricity, so will the renter get his/her electricity at a cheaper price first (equally as important as being renewably sourced); and can we stop the ability to be able to do that being built in to the cost of rent in the first place so that people can save for their own home?

Diana Ryan's comments are really quite valid. I'm interested to know if these few projects implemented in Fremantle actually result in affordable housing for people who cannot afford mainstream market options; it doesn't seem like it. The sustainable aspects of the project are commendable but it would be good to see cost savings forwarded onto consumers- both renters and buyers – making sustainability a really accessible and appealing option for the broader community.

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Total combined value of current WA projects

23rd↓Qube Property GroupNFP
24th↑Access Housing Australia2,094,000
26th-Perron GroupNFP
27th↓Lester Group25,000,000
70 property - (built-form) developers ranked by total value of WA projects currently under construction ($)

Lots expected to be completed for sale, current financial year

3rd↓Satterley Property GroupNFP
4th-LWP Property GroupNFP
6th↑Cedar Woods Properties600
7th-Urban Quarter275
41 property - land developers ranked by number of WA lots expected to be completed for sale, current financial year

Total revenue

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11th-Racing and Wagering Western Australia$419.0m
13th-Fremantle Ports$228.9m
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