The handbook’s design strategies are a plan of action around each value which, when implemented, will change the urban future for the Kimberley and its public realm and housing infrastructure.
The vast bulk of built form required in the Kimberley will be single and group housing, with opportunities for infill developments. Shared living and multiple housing, although not a predominant housing type in the Kimberley, sometimes require specific strategies to ensure a locally considered outcome.
The strategies are not prescriptive, providing a guide for improving planning and future urban design and built form. The strategies work alongside the Building Codes of Australia but do not override them. Residential Design Code (R-Code) variations may be required for climate responsive strategies. The new R-Codes for housing above the 26th parallel will be a welcome companion for this handbook.
We are committed to implementing the Kimberley Vernacular Handbook in stages. Part one of the handbook relates to general information that can be applied to the whole of the Kimberley. Part two is specific to conditions in Broome.
Detailed information relating to major Kimberley towns will added to the handbook as it becomes available.
The Kimberley Vernacular Handbook is a great resource for anyone contributing to decision making which affects the urban realm, housing and built form in the Kimberley.
Interested parties can benefit from understanding the intent of the Kimberley Vernacular Handbook and using its values, principles and strategies as a point of reference for future work.
Part One of the Kimberley Vernacular Handbook relates to general information that can be applied to the whole of the Kimberley.
Part Two of the handbook is specific to Broome conditions.
Aboriginal settlements (small towns with populations less than 600 people) have also been identified and discussed in the handbook. One settlement, Bidyadanga, with the largest population of these small towns, has been chosen as a case study to understand the amenity and infrastructure of small remote settlements.
Part Three onwards will contain detailed information examining the main Kimberley towns of Kununurra, Derby, Fitzroy Crossing, Wyndham and Halls Creek and will be available in the near future.