Published: 26 May 2011
The Phoenix - The SouthEast Housing Co-operative Ltd is a 64 page booklet about the history of a housing co-operative based in Dandenong, Victoria, Australia, written by David Griffiths and published by the co-operative.
The main sections of the booklet are Co-operative Housing, The Early Years, Co-operation Threats and Opportunities, Co-operation Strengths and Weaknesses and Co-operative Adaption and Change.
Co-operative Housing briefly explores the nature and origins of co-operative housing throughout the world and, in particular, Australia. The Early Years examines the specific origins of rental housing co-operatives in Victoria and the four co-operatives that eventually became the SouthEast Housing Co-operative Ltd - the Frankston, Moorabbin, Oakleigh and Ringwood-Croydon rental Housing co-operatives.
Co-operations Threats and Opportunities explores the relationship between the rental housing co-operatives and various Governments between 1985 - 2010. Co-operation Strengths and Weaknesses considers the importance of member participation and the experience of co-operation between housing co-operatives - the Joint Housing Collective, the Phoenix Management Co-operative Ltd the United Housing Coalition Inc and the Co-operative Housing Sub-Committee of the Community Housing Federation of Victoria (CHFV).
Co-operative Adaptation and Change outlines the process that led to the formation of the SouthEast Housing Co-operative Ltd and the ongoing capacity of the co-operative to adapt and change - demonstrating a continuous ability and willingness for rebirth and renewal which is a defining characteristic of co-operative longevity.
The booklet also includes a list of milestone dates between 1074-2010, interviews with foundation members, a list of housing co-operatives registered with the Housing Registrar, a contribution by a member on the importance of the co-operative and the International Co-operative Alliance's Statement on the Co-operative Identity.
The Phoenix - The SouthEast Housing Co-operative Ltd, David Griffiths, SouthEast Housing Co-operative Ltd, 2010, ISBN 078-0-646-54094-8