Co-operation Housing is a not for profit company limited by guarantee. We were established in 2010 to support and grow Western Australia’s housing co-operative sector. We are the only registered community housing provider in the State that specialises in housing co-operatives.
We predominantly operate under a delegated management model. Each housing co-operative is a registered entity in its own right. The co operatives work with Co-operation Housing to support and manage tenancies under the Residential Tenancies Act and ensure the ongoing maintenance of their properties.
Co-operation Housing also manages community housing properties for tenants who don’t wish to live in a co-operative housing model. Co-operation Housing is governed by a Board of Directors which comprises both Elected Directors representing the housing co-ops and Technical Directors appointed for their particular expertise and experience.
Vision, Mission, Values
Our vision - Strong Communities through co-operative living.
Our mission - Representing and growing co-operative housing as a way of building empowered and sustainable communities.
Our Values & Principles - We subscribe to the international co-operative framework of values and principles. Learn more.
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Co-operation Housing is a not-for-profit organisation governed by a Board of Directors who are responsible for the strategic management and financial performance of the organisation.
The Board is made up of Five Elected Directors, and Four Technical Directors.
Elected Directors are elected by our member co-operatives and bring to the Board their experience of co-operative living, community values, co-operative leadership and skill and experience in the management, development and capacity-building of co-operatives.
Technical Directors are appointed to bring specific technical skill and expertise to the Board in areas such as property development, financial management, law, planning, regulatory compliance and organisational leadership and development.
The Board may also convene subcommittees, for example, governance, development and growth.
Co-operation Housing holds an AGM each year to receive the Company report for the year ending June 30, consider any motions and elect and approve the membership of the Board.
Elected Director and Chairperson
Peter has been living at the First Fremantle Housing Collective with his partner and daughter for the past twelve years. An experienced industrial electrician with an interest in electronics, he also has a degree in mechatronic engineering. Other interests include cycling, building recumbent bicycles and yoga. Peter is committed to the co-operative model and to working together to achieve what would be unachievable individually.
'I've always been interested in looking at how we can make housing more affordable for people, and in how people can work together to achieve home ownership. I think the traditional model of one family, one house, one quarter-acre block is very isolating - apart from which it's unaffordable for so many people. I think the First Fremantle Housing Collective co-op model works well - we share a lot of work together, but we don't live in each other's pockets.'
Sohan Ariel Hayes
Sohan Ariel Hayes is an award-winning media artist based in Perth, Western Australia, working in the fields of expanded and interactive cinema, digital animation, systems theory and location-based media. Hayes is well known for creating large scale, site-based, projection installations and works with multi-disciplinary teams supported by curators, producers and some of the world’s best makers, scenographers and creative coders. Hayes has exhibited widely, including the Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, Fremantle Arts Centre, the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, the Jerwood Gallery in London, TAV Gallery in Taiwan and the Post Museum in Singapore. In 2016 and 2017 he was a key creative on opening events for the Perth Festival and was responsible for the design and delivery of all moving image content.
‘There is no doubt in my mind that my experience of co-operative living has given me the resources and opportunities to transition from the ineffectual position of a perpetual renter to a fully responsive and responsible citizen engaged with the welfare of the collective.’
Annette has been a member of Inanna's House Co-operative since 2017 and moved into the co-op in 2018. She recently retired from a 54 year working life. Her experience includes in hospitality, retail, nanny, carer, and hygiene practitioner, and being an owner/director of small businesses in supply company and dance, health & fitness. She has also been involved in many volunteering groups such as Fremantle Hospital, Red Cross, Lions Club, and Lynwood Junior Football Club.
‘I come from a large family. Community and communication are important to me; I see the warmth it brings into people's lives. I am passionate about my community and enjoy bringing neighbours together. Co-op living is ideal for this, for people to share knowledge, ideas and experiences; to learn from each other. I like the diversity of a co-op and the support it brings. As a single mature woman with no financial security, I see the need for more co-op housing for people like myself. It is a lovely, secure, and peaceful way to live.’
Originally from the Netherlands, Heidy moved into co-op housing in 2013. She has experienced living in a couple of housing co-ops across the Fremantle area and appreciates the diversity they offer. Heidy raises her two daughters in the co-op. The kids appreciate the sense of belonging the community provides. Heidy was trained and working as an ICT professional in the Netherlands. She retrained and obtained an Advanced Diploma of Accounting while raising her two children.
'Through co-op living I have experienced that the saying, it takes a village to raise a child, is very true. Living abroad and away from family, co-op residents play an important part in my life and my daughters. Someone taught them how to knit, someone bakes biscuits with them, the list goes on. My reason for joining the board is that I would love to see more people being able to experience the benefits of community living.'
Maud was elected on the board at the 2018 AGM. She brings over 15 years of experience of living in Inanna's Housing Co-op. During that time she has held different portfolios in addition to general assistance with the running of the co-operative as a member.
Brian is a government lawyer and has been the Director of the Department of Transport’s Legal and Legislative Services branch for many years. Brian has a background in administrative, planning, transport and property law and also holds a pro bona practicing certificate. Before migrating to Australia from South Africa he was a human rights lawyer specialising in low-income housing development and consumer protection. He has continued the interest he developed in South Africa in affordable housing through involvement in Co-operation Housing.
Olwyn has been a director since Co-operation Housing’s foundation. She is an AHPRA registered psychologist and an associate member of the Australian Psychological Society. She has worked as a TAFE lecturer and is currently a registered school working in the Wheatbelt. She lived at Pinakarri Community from 2000 to 2008, was trustee for the Co-op Maintenance Trust from 2001 to 2010 and was active with FOHCOL in a number of roles from 2003 to 2009. She has also represented the co-op sector as a tenant on the Community Housing Code of Practice Western Australia (2002–2004), and was a sector development worker with the Community Housing Coalition of Western Australia (2004–2005).
Lorica is a senior financial professional with a background in a variety of industries including mining and resources, education, energy generation and sustainable agriculture. She has diverse business skills and a keen interest in finance, compliance, governance and risk. She has more than 10 years’ experience as a senior executive reporting to various boards and sub-committees on financial, strategic planning and commercial management matters. She holds memberships with a number of industry bodies including CPA Australia and the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
‘I joined the Co-operation Housing board to assist the organisation to become a key community housing provider in Western Australia.’
Janine is a driven, passionate professional with a degree in architecture and urban design, and post-graduate qualifications in sustainability and climate policy. Since migrating to Australia in 2007, Janine has been actively involved with the construction industry in various roles to promote an interdisciplinary design approach that centres around the human experience and thus drive better urban design outcomes. She serves on the inaugural Western Australian State Design Review Panel (SDRP) announced by The Hon. Rita Saffioti, Minister for Planning on 24th May 2019, and is a Green Star Accredited Professional. She brings to the Board of Co-Operation Housing a deep desire to improve liveability and lifestyle choices for our community, combined with commercial acumen and experience in architecture, property development, stakeholder engagement and advisory.
Our Staff / Organisational Structure
Eugenie Stockmann – CEO
Melinda Marshall – Operations Manager
Eugenie is the CEO of Co-operation Housing, a registered community housing provider specialising in the co-operative model. Her work with Co-operation Housing builds on her knowledge and experience as a sustainability educator, developer and consultant.
Eugenie’s work has a strong focus on community living. She successfully completed two small, and now multi-award-winning developments, in the Town of Victoria Park. She worked closely with Co-operation Housing on the development of new housing co-operatives prior to being appointed in the CEO role.
Eugenie’s qualifications include a Postgraduate Diploma in Sustainability and Advanced Diploma in Accounting. She brings experience in property development and the social and affordable housing sector and is an affiliate of an international network of cohousing professionals. She has previously served on not for profit boards and has completed relevant training facilitated by the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Melinda is a senior town planner with over a decade of
experience in undertaking a variety of strategic and
statutory projects, including urban design guidelines,
structure planning, subdivision, development assessment
and advocacy. She brings to the team her knowledge and
experience of planning for a range of different development
types, such as renewable energy projects, medium and
large-scale mixed-use developments, nursing homes and
retirement villages and affordable dwelling projects. She
has also been a member of the City of Fremantle Innovative
Housing Design Panel and has owner built her own home.
Our registrations and memberships
Co-operation Housing is:
Registered as a Community Housing Provider (CHP) with the Department of Communities (WA).
Registered as a Specialist Disability Accommodation (SDA) Provider under the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
Endorsed as a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) by the Australian Taxation Office.
An independent peak body, based in Perth Western Australia, that advocates for social and affordable housing and ending homelessness.
community housing industry association wa (chia wa)
The peak body for the Western Australian community housing industry.
wa council of Social Service (WACOSS)
The peak body for the community service sector in Western Australia.
Business Council of Co-operatives and Mutuals (BCCM)
Australia’s only peak body for co-operatives and mutuals across all industries.
Australian Co-operative Housing Alliance (ACHA)
An alliance of Australia's co-operative housing peak bodies.
Below are links to our latest publications, including strategic plan, annual reports and our constitution.