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Urban infill

From palazzo to permaculture

— part one —

Shani Graham and Tim Darby of Ecoburbia near Fremantle in WA, describe their fascinating ongoing project to turn an Italianate mansion into one of Australia’s leading urban eco-housing sites.

We used to live in Hulbert Street, a little cul-de-sac in South Fremantle. In a tiny sustainable house, with another property and B&B business in the same street, a 24 square metre vegie garden on a road verge, incredibly community-minded neighbours, and two goats, six chickens, assorted rabbits and a school of silver perch in the backyard. Did I mention it was three blocks from the beach?

So why move?  Well, we had been making use of under utilised land to produce food and that left us in a rather precarious position.

Shani and Tim with their stunning food gardens.  Photo by Oliver Holmgren.



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