Making the most of the situation…
Principle 12: Creatively use and respond to change
Our society wastes so much. I’d written about an opportunity that I’d missed out on in December last year when a house was being demolished and I couldn’t get access to the site. Houses get demolished quite regularly in our society and most of the material gets smashed up and sent to landfill. It seems that it’s ‘uneconomic’ to deconstruct and reuse materials, but I proved that wrong in the decontruction of the original building on site – it works on a small scale. Going through all of the red tape to access the site is another matter entirely.
Before I decided to buy the house in Seymour I was involved with a group of people interested in collectively buying the “Town and Country Hotel” which was erected in 1865 as the “Canadian Hotel”. The original verandah was removed and replaced in 1939, giving it an art deco feel. It backs onto the gorgeous Goulburn River, with it’s magestic Red Gums and walking track. We were interested in transforming it into a community / local food / restaurant type venture.