2009, Brisbane/Ipswich: Brisbane Solidarity Network Homeless Guide and Queensland Squatters Handbook
The Brisbane Solidarity Network have produced an excellent squatting handbook for Queenslanders which can be downloaded from here. Their practical and insightful 128 page Crisis guide also provides survival strategies and information for Brisbanites finding themselves without housing or on the edge of homelessness. To download a copy or find out about the group’s campaign … Continue reading
Despite serving as a community hub housing ten people, a free shop and a free cafe the People’s castle in Redfern was evicted by the City of Sydney in 2010. The city then took another year and a half to open the homeless shelter it had promised during the eviction. Meanwhile the squatters moved onto … Continue reading
Two articles from Squat It #10 which tell the tale of evictions from previously vacant public housing properties and the occupations that responded to them.
A couple of reports from Indymedia about punk gigs hosted in disused spaces. Punks Not Dead – Melbourne punk bands reclaim unused spaces for shows December 2011 Almost 35 years since punk hit independent bands in Melbourne, Australia are still keeping the punk spirit alive. They are are saying F*@% you! to the main stream … Continue reading
During the 1970s a large number of squats were set up in properties purchased and subsequently left empty by the Department of Main Roads in Sydney. Amongst the variety of creative projects that came out of this community was this report and proposal for cooperative housing. Prepared by Greg Vickas, Paula Fairbairn, Helen Pellow, Petra … Continue reading
A round up of squatting activities happening in Adelaide, Canberra and Sydney from the Victorian Squatters Union’s 1984 Opening Doors handbook.
In September 1983 a 23 room South Yarra mansion known as Bona Vista was squatted by 12 unemployed people. Owned by the government communications department Telecom (since privatised and turned into Telstra) the Heritage listed property had lain empty for eight years. With the help of the Victoria Squatters Union and trade unionists the mansion … Continue reading
The Herald Sun produced this “expose” on squatting in 2002, a full year after the production of the No Frills Melbourne Squatters Guide in 2002. Over 500 copies of the guide, which was based on earlier handbooks produced by the Squatters Union, Squatters Information Network and Sydney SHAC, were distributed around Melbourne via housing services, … Continue reading
An article from the Herald, who owned the carpark protesters occupied, that covered a housing action carried out by a variety of groups in 1985. Annotations originally added by the editors of Squat It! Sorry that some comments are cut off, but this was the condition the only copy of Squat It! #1 we could … Continue reading
This story on the eviction of this massive and productive space in March 2012 comes from Sydney Indymedia: Anarchist Ashfield HQ Evicted On Thursday the 15th of March a massive 4 story squat in Ashfield Sydney was evicted by private security forces. For 3 inspiring and eventful months the building had been home to over … Continue reading