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IMAGE: Found on Pinterest, link above ~ a Container House ~ price $15,900 ~ which we could build in Tasmania, creating work.

A converted shipping container ~ purchased in Tasmania for only $5000, price including a door and a sliding window.

Do we actually have a housing crisis in Tasmania, or is this crisis simply a total vacuum in political imagination?

If the energy pump that drives this vacuum is driven by the fuel of greed, we can fix that, if we have the heart to.

Consider the Container House made in China, which I featured in a recent article ~ A Simple Target: Zero Homeless ~

See my photo survey of solutions for housing the homeless, and fixing the housing crisis ~

A Pinterest entry features the Container House as being available for a mere $15,900 ~

That Pinterest entry also includes endless entries with infinite links to a wide range of low-cost home options.

So what is our problem?

When a landlord ups the rent and then evicts a family with a working father, including two children, and they have been living at the Elwick Showground for a couple of weeks, the height and depth of the imagination vacuum in Tasmanian politics is absolutely astounding. ~ Story included below.

In the case of Garry Evans and family, is this a case of eviction into homelessness ... ?

That kind of greed can only exist in Tasmania, when political leadership allows it to exist and to deprive people of homes.

If Tasmanians want a political culture with a heart, they will need to begin voting for alternative candidates, not the vacuum of political imagination that allows homelessness to happen.

In my run for Prosser I am offering a political alternative with a heart, and a mind to apply imaginative solutions to the problems we face.

I am organising a series of community meetings in Prosser to present imaginative alternatives, including ways to fix the housing crisis, by ending homelessness.

Of all the options that I have examined, the Container House appears to be the best immediate option available at a low cost. ~ Image below.

Companies in Tasmania convert old shipping containers for storage, offices and homes.

It only costs $5000 to buy an old shipping container with a door and window added, in Tasmania. ~ Image below.

Adding roofing iron around a shipping container, with insulation, would provide protection from heat and cold.

Then a coat of paint, and it won’t look half bad for a homeless family.

So what is our problem?

There is enough land in Tasmania for a Container House or converted shipping container being located with services for all homeless people on this island.

Will we solve this problem?

In my latest article, a hectare of Council owned land is identified in Ross, which could be used to locate container houses, or converted shipping containers.

I have raised the location of this land with the Premier, the Housing Minister, and Northern Midlands Councillors.

I will seek to speak of this land with the Northern Midlands Council at their next meeting in Longford on Monday April 16th.

Is there land in every town in Tasmania, and city suburbs, which could be used to provide an immediate end to homelessness in Tasmania?

That would fix the housing crisis.

Wouldn’t it?

A container house can be owned by the occupant, can be moved, and could become a permanent home on land, with a tiled roof, brick walls added and garden.

Should we all wonder if allowing homelessness is driving up rental prices, making people fear being homeless, and willing to pay more to rent.

End homelessness, and the fear of being homeless will be removed.

Rents will then come down.


The Government has been cutting funding for community housing, and reducing the number of government owned houses available, and this has created a shortage of low-cost available accommodation.

The growth in AirBnB has seen many rental properties vanish from the market, being turned into holiday places, even in country towns like Ross.

A person selling up on the mainland and moving to Tasmania, in the current property environment, could buy two or more houses, live in one, and earn income from the others being listed on AirBnB. They could earn more than if those houses were rental properties.

This logical trend needs to be investigated.

There is also the fact that with climate change, many parts of the mainland are getting hotter, and along with rising sea levels affecting heavily populated flood plains, many people will choose to move to Tasmania.

What could Tasmania’s population rise to, due to global warming making life more difficult on the mainland, and how quickly could this increase happen?

If Tasmania is not prepared for this all too predictable population influx, the traffic jams and homelessness level could become quite catastrophic.

In the first of four articles on fixing the housing crisis, I suggest that we need a plan to decentralise the population, be ready for a large climate change population influx, and maintain a high quality of life.

I describe how we could use our success with tourism to achieve this, improving the visitor experience, and create work in the process. ~

My proposed convict trail from the ferry in Devonport to Port Arthur, for walking and cycling, with mini coach connections, could in time be extended to all country, mountain and coastal towns in Tasmania. ~

Campaigning along the Australian Convict Trail in 2018. ~

If we will not grasp the future, the future may grab us, and roughly.


Fixing the housing crisis, and many other matters, will be explored at community meetings with Kim Peart as a Prosser candidate, beginning in Ross.

6pm Thursday 26 April, Town Hall supper room, Ross

6pm Monday 30 April, Oatlands Ex-servicemans Club, 1 Albert Street, Oatlands

Other dates and towns to be announced.

Residents are invited to raise their issues of concern.

I will be calling on voters in Prosser to help end the political imagination vacuum in Tasmania, by filling that empty place in parliament with a heart.

Kim Peart ~ .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

ABOUT Kim Peart ~  Born in 1952, Kim was raised in Howrah when it was farmland, played in the old fort in Bellerive, and rode the old ferries to Hobart to go to movies. Kim plied the life of a visual artist, with a studio in the Salamanca Arts Centre, and then in Murdunna, and later in Bellerive in the old bakery. In 2007 Kim was listed among Tasmania’s top 200 movers and shakers for “An urban bushland conservationist who has worked tirelessly over the years to maintain walking tracks and protect wildlife from the encroachment of bush-front housing developments.” Kim is campaigning for an Australian Convict Trail, with the Tasmanian leg running from the ferry in Devonport to Port Arthur, along with foot and cycle paths by Tasmania’s highways and roads. After being at the launch of an Australian Space Agency last September, Kim is seeking ways to create employment, careers and new enterprise in Tasmania with the global space industry. Kim now lives in Ross, with his wife Jennifer, and a small tribe of alpacas.

Authorised by: J Bolton, 39A Bridge St, Ross