History & Heritage
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Planning and development
Wybalena Grove was established in 1974 by the Cook-Aranda Cooperative Housing Society. The Cooperative was formed at a time when there was interest in alternative forms of housing and when there was an influx of people moving to Canberra from other places. The origins of this interest resulted from a complex interaction of factors. Some wanted to explore the idea of 'living cooperatively'. Another group saw the Cooperative as a means to reduce building costs by using the same materials and building at the same time.
The Urambi Village Cooperative was established first and this was soon followed by the Cook-Aranda Cooperative.
For articles describing Wybalena Grove and Urambi Village and a biographical note on Michael Dysart who was the architect of both developments and a practitioner of the Sydney Regional style go to the links.
In 1978 Fay Steven wrote a paper: The Cook-Aranda Housing Co-Operative which gives an early picture of the development of Wybalena Grove from various perspectives.
See Promotional Images for some background to the time of the establishment of the Cook-Aranda Housing Society.
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Face to face with the fenceless society
An article by architect Roger Pegrum - The Weekend Australian - 5 November 1977
"Fewer Australians every year can afford to build their own home. Even if they can arrange for the floor plan and internal space to suit them, there is little hope that the street will be visually harmonious or provied a safe area for children...."
Click here (PDF, 2pp, 436kB) to read Roger Pegrum's account of the development of the Urambi and Cook-Aranda (Wybalena Grove) housing developments and Michael Dysart's recollections as their architect.