original ambition was fulfilled with the allocation of two
houses in November 1995 to be selected by the two original
Foundation Members. These two members were housed in
February 1996. A further two houses were allocated in March
At this point
two Foundation Members resigned thus reducing the membership
to eight. A number of Applications for Membership were
received and approved and membership grew to fifteen at the
30th June 1996.
In July 1996
the Co-operative made a special application for a further
property which was ultimately approved.
1996 a request was received from Ti Tree CERC for a tenant
for a property in Frankston and we were able to make a
recommendation who ultimately became a member and tenant of
Ti Tree CERC and is now actively involved.
With a change
of Federal Government in November 1996 and the withdrawal of
Federal Funds for housing the CERC Program looked in fear of
collapse, and through Common Equity Housing Limited much
lobbying was made to both State and Federal Governments to
re-instate the Program. This was without success.
1996, due to Common Equity Housing Limited having excess
funds a further two further houses were obtained and these
were allocated to member/tenants.
In March 1999
an approach was made by Carinya CERC for a tenant member and
one of Dromana CERC's members was accepted by Carinya and
ultimately housed at Mornington.
Due to the
Governments' new policies the CERC Program became stagnant
as far as house allocation was involved until July 1999 when
Common Equity Housing Limited (due to selling of country
properties) obtained money and allocated a further property
saw our first experience of "changing tenants". An
original Foundation Member and his wife, who had built their
own home vacated their tenanted house and the search began
for a new tenant. Carinya CERC introduced one of its members
who was accepted as a tenant/member and took up residence.
As was the
case earlier, again in August 2002 Common Equity Housing
Limited sold properties and the money was allocated to the
purchase of more homes. Dromana was fortunate enough to be
on the receiving end of a further allocation and a ninth
home was purchased. It was also our first experience of
purchasing a unit. One of our tenants transferred from her
original allocation to take up residence in the unit and we
welcomed a new member who took up residence in the vacated
Due to the
lack of support from both Federal and State Governments the
operation of the CERC program came almost to a standstill,
with doubts as to further funding for more housing being
provided a "learning curve" for the Maintenance
and Finance Committee with a member/tenant vacating a
premises without notice and leaving a trail of debt. The
house was re-allocated to a member who had only been with
the CERC for a short time.
the State Government announced in its budget it was to
allocate funds for housing through the Public and Private
Sector. Dromana CERC submitted a request for additional
housing to augment the nine homes it leases and rents at
Common Equity Housing Limited sold a country property and
gave this CERC the opportunity to purchase a further home in
the Dromana/Rosebud area. The purchase of a three bedroom
home was completed in February 2009 thus bringing the number
of properties to ten.
interim there has been a change of tenants in a number homes
and at this stage (2016) there is a stability with tenants
and members. Many an application has been made to CEHL for
additional properties and can only anticipate that these may
be forthcoming in the near future.