Trundle Tree Change
Rent A Farm House Scheme
Rent a farm house' was a bold scheme, originally devised to reinvigorate the small rural Tasmanian community of Levendale, by renting vacant farmhouses for $1 a week to attract new families to the district and save their school.
As part of the Strategic Plan for Trundle, which was formulated in 2010, community members recognized the need to entice people to live in Trundle, for similar reasons to those adopted in Levendale, and closer to home in Cumnock. It was widely agreed that to ensure the schools and businesses of Trundle survive, new families need to be encouraged to live in the district
Since the formulation of the strategic plan, committees have met regularly to put into place many of the suggestions and the Rent a Farm House Scheme is now gathering momentum in Trundle. Christine Weston, coordinator of Cumnock Rent a farmhouse Scheme, and current NSW Woman of the Year, has been providing ongoing support and advice and has been generous in offering the use of the highly successful Cumnock model for use in Trundle.
Applicants apply online.
A committee has been formed to interview potential tenants, while the owner of the house has the final say.
Farmhouses are rented for $1, for 3 years, and the expectation is that they will undergo renovations by the tenant.
A formal lease agreement is signed by the tenants and owner of the farm house. Farmhouses that are in very good condition and would benefit from a tenancy can be part of the project at rental prices.
Costs involved in renovating the farm house is negotiated between owner and tenant (each situation is unique)
Employment: with the brilliant season bringing more prosperity, and therefore greater opportunity for employment and new businesses. The criteria for applicants for the Trundle Rent a farm house Scheme:
Families with children
Community orientated people
Renovation skills or interest
Ready for a tree-change
An Added Bonus
Andrew Denton's film production company Zapruder's Other Films, (producers of 'Enough Rope' and 'The Gruen Transfer') have taken an interest in filming the process of the Rent a Farm House Scheme in Trundle. This film company has met with committee members to discuss ideas and will be meeting in the Trundle Memorial Hall this Sunday 24th October, at 1.00pm. Andrew Denton will be in attendance, along with other members of the production crew, to answer any questions and advise Trundle community members of how the documentary series will be structured, the time line and the television series that will be airing in 2012.
Approximately eighty enthusiastic people attended a meeting last Sunday in the Trundle Memorial Hall to meet with Andrew Denton and his film crew to discus the possibilities of promoting the Rent a Farmhouse Scheme for Trundle.
Andrew Denton's film production company, Zapruder's Other Films (producers of Enough Rope and The Gruen Transfer) have taken an interest in filming the process of the Rent a Farm House Scheme in Trundle. This film company had met with committee members to discuss ideas previously, and invited the community to come along and express their ideas and concerns.
Mark Gray was chairman and called upon Cherie Quade to introduce the committee and outline the structure of the Rent a Farmhouse Scheme as follows... „ The 'Rent a farm house' was a bold; scheme, originally devised to re-invigorate the small rural Tasmanian community of Levendale, by renting vacant family houses for $1 a week to attract new families to the district and save their school,
The project was renamed "Trundle Tree change"