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Karabar Housing Cooperative Ltd is a cooperative registered in New South Wales with the Registry of Cooperatives. It is a charity and benevolent public institution registered with the Australian Charities and Not for Profits Commission (ACNC), and endorsed by the ATO as a Deductible Gift Recipient covered by Item 1, section 30-15 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997.

The Cooperative is an independent housing cooperative that provides long-term affordable housing to people on low to moderate incomes in the Queanbeyan region.  It was established in 1986 by respected community leaders, (Valerie) Hope Marland AM MBE (1922-2014), the Rev. Fr Michael Cockayne OAM and David Horton OAM, in collaboration with the parishioners of the Queanbeyan Anglican Parish in response to the problem of increasing rents in the area. The Cooperative was established under the aegis of a Federal Government initiative on land owned by the church which had not been developed up to that time. The Cooperative was granted charity status in 2012.

The Cooperative has its office at HOME in Queanbeyan. It contributes to various community projects through its membership of Q-HAC (Queanbeyan Housing Action Collective) and collaborates closely with other homeless support/housing organisations to share resources and advocate for tenants by facilitating referrals to mental health, financial and other support available to low-income and marginalised groups.

The Cooperative's commitment to providing quality affordable housing has not waivered since its inception 36 years ago and it has grown to be a well-respected voice in the fight against homelessness in the Queanbeyan region.  


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Having a place to call home has an enormously positive impact on an individual’s quality of life and wellbeing.

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To provide quality affordable housing for people on low to moderate incomes in the Queanbeyan region.

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  • Offering quality affordable rental housing to people on low to moderate incomes within the Queanbeyan region.

  • Maintaining each property to a good standard; providing an efficient and effective housing management service, and encouraging tenants to take responsibility for and get involved in managing their homes.

  • Being compassionate and collaborative in identifying and meeting the changing needs of tenants.

  • Engaging appropriate like-minded stakeholders to work with the Cooperative to achieve positive outcomes for its members.

  • Maintaining a professional corporate approach to business management and governance.

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