Self-help housing, a viable option for Australian Aboriginal housing

Larrazabal, Jon (1996). Self-help housing, a viable option for Australian Aboriginal housing Other, School of Geography, Planning and Architecture, The University of Queensland.

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Author Larrazabal, Jon
Thesis Title Self-help housing, a viable option for Australian Aboriginal housing
School, Centre or Institute School of Geography, Planning and Architecture
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 1996
Thesis type Other
Supervisor Paul Memmott
Total pages 90
Language eng
Subjects 120501 Community Planning
120599 Urban and Regional Planning not elsewhere classified
Formatted abstract
The intention of this thesis is to contribute to the growing movement concerned with providing appropriate housing for Australian Aboriginal people. With a constant need for increased funding to house the overcrowded Aboriginal population, self-help housing has been introduced to attempt firstly, to house the Aboriginal population and secondly to increase the self-determination of Aboriginal Australians. This thesis maintains that self-help housing is a viable option for Aboriginal people, if some problems with this form of housing delivery can be addressed.

The proposition above is investigated by an examination of; (1) the international self-help movement; (2) Australian Aboriginal self-help generally (3) four case studies of self-help projects and their problems (4) a comparison to the international literature and some possible solutions from this literature.

This thesis is based on literature research, conducted during 1995-96 and a three week visit to Darwin and Alice Springs in December 1995.

The following conclusions are made; (1) there is a correlation between the self-help housing produced in Aboriginal Australia and internationally; (2) the problems which have been encountered here have also been encountered internationally; (3) the preconceived notions held by the European Australians can effect the success of self-help projects; (4) the prescriptive legislation of local authorities and government agencies have generally worked against the self-help method of housing procurement; (5) sponsor or government control over Aboriginal housing, can undermine the self-determination process.
Keyword Self-help housing
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