Parking Tiny Houses Part Three

There is a shortage of legal places to park a mobile home or tiny house for living, in Adelaide.  At present, traditional caravan and residential parks are the main option.  Of these, many are zoned tourist parks so have restrictions on the number of nights anyone can stay in a row.

The best option is a zoned residential park or mixed tourist with residential.  These often have discounted long stay or permanent parks, with no restriction on the number of nights stayed.  Some parks have age restrictions on the permanent sites, or will not allow children or pets, and may require a police check.  In all cases, ask first.  Visit the park to inspect the facilities and the site to make sure it suits your purposes.

Other than the parks listed below, there are long term sites available in nearby country areas, such as the Barossa Valley council district, that double as showgrounds.  Eden Valley and Mount Pleasant are two examples.  Their site fees are cheaper than standard caravan or residential parks.  The next post will look at what’s available in country areas, including National Parks in South Australia.

Parks are listed from the north to south of Adelaide, and include sites for mobile living or permanent cabin/transportable homes.  To buy a cabin/transportable home, search the area online in Domain.com.au or Realestate.com.au

Virginia Residential Park:  This style of park in Adelaide is rare, but could be a model for future residential parks.  It features long term and permanent sites for mobile living, cabins for rent and sale, or space to built your own cabin. Facilities are available for everyone, and a site fee applies.  Ask about discounts and government rebates.

Hillier Park Residential Village and The Palms Residential Park:  Restricted to residents over 50 years of age, but you don’t have to be retired. Transportable homes are bought by the residents, not rented.  Weekly site fees depend on the size of the home. The park is for transportable housing only, not mobile homes.

Highway One Caravan and Tourist Park:  Long term site section.  On Port Wakefield Road, north of the city.

Cudlee Creek Caravan Park:  Scenic country area in the Adelaide Hills.  Long stay on application, $180/week powered, $150/week unpowered.

Windsor Gardens Caravan Park:  Long stay sites subject to availability.

Discovery Parks Adelaide Beachfront, Semaphore:  Usually maximum 90 nights in a row, but permanent sites are available (booked to mid next year, so on application).  Weekly rates apply.

Brownhill Creek Tourist Park:  Long stay and permanent on application.

Sturt River Caravan Park:  Long term and permanent available, $140/week for a site, or $200/week to stay in one of their on site caravans.

Marion Holiday Park:  No permanent sites, but long term available on application.

Woodcroft Park:  Permanent powered sites for $150/week plus electricity.  Permanent park cabins also for sale when available, pay a weekly site fee.

Moana Beach Tourist Park:  Extended stay up to 6 months at $210/week site fees in the off season.  Higher rates over summer.

McLaren Vale Lakeside Park:  Long term to permanent powered sites available on application. No permanent unpowered sites.  No children or pets on permanent sites. $168 – $235/week plus power depending on the length of stay.

Big 4 Port Willunga Tourist Park:  already full for permanent sites, but worth contacting to see what’s available.  Cabins can become available for sale, with weekly site fees.

Aldinga Beach Holiday Park:  No permanent or long term sites.  Cabins can become available for sale, with weekly site fees.

Mount Compass Tourist Park:  Long stay or permanent sites on application, $200/week powered site.

Goolwa Tourist Park:  long stay or permanent by negotiation, yearly fee.

The information provided was, to my knowledge, correct at the time of writing.  If you know of any other parks that are long term or permanent site friendly, please leave a comment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Mobile Living as an Affordable Housing Alternative – Tiny Houses Part Two

Through necessity we need to find new ways to live economically, with less consumption and a lighter footprint.  Mobile living will become more important with climate change as some areas become unlivable.  Tiny homes utilise less space, less resources and cost less to run and build.  How much space do we really need to live well?

Bob Wells, cheapRVliving.com, gives lots of advice for living a mobile, off grid lifestyle on a low income.  His website and YouTube videos also includes information on how to work on the road, and earn enough money to live comfortably.  Although in the USA, the information is relevant and adaptable for Australian conditions.  His YouTube channel includes interviews with people also experiencing mobile living, and how they have adapted normal vehicles for  living.

Wells talks about how to beat the heat in the city living in a mobile home, which includes information on stealth living.  Unfortunately our cities are not RV living friendly.  There is currently a stigma attached to people who live out of their mobile housing outside a caravan park. At any time a neighbour can keep a lookout for anyone living out of a vehicle, and report it to council. Living out of a caravan long-term in a driveway is not allowed in many areas, despite many homes including caravans. It’s as if we have the space, the park lands, the mobile homes and the driveways to park them, but don’t dare use them for anything other than recreational!

At a time when we most need access to affordable living spaces, our rules are the most rigid and the right to access is reserved for house owners and business, proving money is more important than people.

I’m hoping this will change dramatically in coming years, as the state governments and councils recognise the importance of access to free, safe, shady areas with amenities, drinking water and power.  We have a richness of council land and park areas that could easily be made available to tiny home living.  Mobile residential parks also bring volunteers, skills, money and community to the area.  Rural towns could really capitalise on offering free or cheap spaces, as land isn’t at a shortage. Instead of looking as mobile living as a recreational activity, we need to build it into our cities and towns as an affordable housing alternative.

The next post is a list of Caravan and Tourist parks in Adelaide that allow long term or permanent parking for tiny homes or recreational vehicles.

Tiny Houses Part One

Tiny houses and RV (recreational vehicle) living is a growing trend as an alternative to traditional housing. The USA has provided many ideas for portable living in small spaces.  As with Australia, housing has become unaffordable for many people.  Jobs are changing to gig economy, contract, and freelance, and often require movement to follow the work opportunities.

Increasingly, young people are recognising multi-skilling and travel is more important to them than training in one area and staying in one place. For young people unable to live in the family home (assuming there is one), house-sharing requires enough money for paying bills and eating, which is a stretch on Austudy or Youth Allowance. Especially with the recent cut in penalty rates for weekend workers.

Saving for a house with the expectation of being able to afford the repayments, is a shrinking dream.  For my own age group, women are the fastest growing group of homeless people in Australia.

Home ownership is declining, with less having paid off their properties, and under financial stress from repayments.  Trying to enter the market on a contract job, or a low paying job with no full-time benefits is impossible.

Add to this, the growing awareness of climate change, consumption, pollution, and wanting to live with a smaller footprint, and living tiny makes perfect sense.

The options for tiny living in Australia are in two parts.  The living structure, and where to place it.  Our council and government regulations are not set up for tiny living, particularly in cities.  Few caravan parks offer permanent sites.  Residential parks are privately run and have strict regulations on the age of the occupants, and if they are able to work or must be retired.

Most spaces are for temporary sites, and have restrictions on the time spent in one place. The regulations are set up for permanent, unaffordable housing, or temporary sites for holidays or grey nomads.  While granny flats are allowed in many backyards, this doesn’t work for people who need permanent, or long term access to land to build or park a tiny house.

More will be discussed in Part Two.

 

Populate or Perish

Arthur Calwell, Labor Immigration Minister at the time, came up with the strategy of populate or perish at the end of World War II, as a path to economic growth and national security for Australia. Seventy years later, the same policy will cause our own extinction.

I’m going in two directions at once with this post, thinking out loud in the hope there will be a solution.  We are consuming 1.7 of the earth’s resources at the present rate, with western countries being the highest consumers.  We are living unsustainably, and populating at a rate that is already impacting on standards of living around the world.  This is exacerbated by poor political leadership, including planning, and a growing gap between the rich and the poor.

Scientific evidence has shown there is no doubt we are in the midst of human induced climate change.  Predictions by scientists show that massive changes will take place this century, even if we reduce carbon emissions radically immediately, due to the lag in cause and effect.

Climate change will make areas unlivable very quickly, as we have seen with the last hurricane season south of the USA, flooding in Bangladesh and famine in West Africa.  People lose shelter, food and safe water sources, get sick and die.  This will happen so often world-wide in different ways, that we won’t need to consider population growth as a problem anymore, rather how to protect the existing population.

The climate is already changing, and we need strategies to stop global warming.  In the interim, the challenge is to anticipate what it to come and plan for it.

There will be unlivable areas of the planet so people will have to move or die.  Some areas will become hazardous to live in due to flooding and other extreme weather events, but with support can stay in place.

What is Australia planning to do about this?  How will we assist people overseas?  How are we preparing to accept climate change refugees?  I strongly believe that we must plan now.  This is a global problem.  By working together we can save as many people and as much of the environment as possible.  Like the two world wars before us, this is the challenge for our generation.

Future posts will look at ideas for living in a post consumption and climate change world.

Melbourne Street Art 2/18

The street art scene in the last three years since I visited has undergone some changes.  It looks like many of the seasoned writers and mixed media artists have vacated the main CBD laneways.

AC/DC Lane

With the exception of two tribute murals to the late great Malcolm Young, I had trouble finding new works in the way of stencils, pasteups or any of the usual, quirky writers and artists.

Union Lane Feb 2018

There were reports in the media last year, of Mayor Doyle attempting to move on the homeless people from the laneways as they are a tourist attraction, and apparently we are offended by the presence of homeless people.  I think we tourists know full well there is no art without the participation of the artists, including those who are homeless.

Union Lane 2018

As for the state of the laneways, it’s easy enough to run a street sweeper/cleaner through every day, to get rid of the overwhelming stench of urine and worse.  Union Lane was particularly bad this year, but still looked beautiful.

Melbourne Street art

AC/DC Lane had more of the paste ups and stencils but the Swoon artwork has been painted over, and many of the works looked old.  Something is discouraging new and established artists from participating.  Is it a protest over the council policies or something else?

Duckboard Place

On the subject of homelessness, in the past we’ve seen some people sleeping rough in the daytime on the streets, but nowhere near the number of people we came across this year.  According to reports, charity services to people in need have been overwhelmed and fewer of the general public are donating either cash or goods.

Melbourne sticker art

I don’t carry cash anymore except for parking meters, and this is the difference between going hungry and a meal to many people.

Edit.  A footnote to this post, well known priest and humanitarian, Father Bob Maguire, runs a Foundation in Melbourne’s Albert Park.  If you would like to support his vision to end homelessness and disadvantage, please read more at FatherBobs.com