CHEAP DIGS: Local PhD student Clare Urquhart with the container destined for the Container of Dreams micro-housing project.
CHEAP DIGS: Local PhD student Clare Urquhart with the container destined for the Container of Dreams micro-housing project. Contributed

Can't afford a house? Check this out

AFFORDABLE housing, or the lack thereof, is an issue across the Northern Rivers and the nation.

So, perhaps it is no surprise Australian shipping container supplier Royal Wolf has offered a unique solution.

The company has launched the Container of Dreams micro-housing project in partnership with local PhD student Clare Urquhart.

It will see a 20-foot shipping container transformed into a prototype home, showcasing how the construction of residences can be made simpler, faster and cheaper through alternative building methods.

Ms Urquhart said the home ownership dream had been fading fast among Australians and creative solutions were needed.

"My hope is that the Container of Dreams will demonstrate to policy- makers, local councils and the general public that containerised housing could potentially address the country's rising demand for cheaper real estate," she said.

"And thanks to Royal Wolf, this vision may act as an accessible housing template for currently marginalised sections of society."

Neil Littlewood, executive general manager of Australian Customer Service Centres, was proud Royal Wolf donated the container towards a good cause.

"Royal Wolf has been the driving force behind the recycling, engineering and modifying of shipping containers to deliver a diverse range of accommodation solutions, including mining camps, prisons, student residences and even holiday cabins," he said.

"We're seeing increased demand for these types of modifications and the Container of Dreams project is another step in the right direction."

The project was expected to be completed in 2017, after which it will be displayed at Southern Cross University's Graduate Art Exhibition and then at Lismore Regional Gallery.


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