Candid Tiny House

Candid Tiny House



Introducing Candid Tiny House : The Advocacy Season!

This Season: Advocacy. Changing the local laws for tiny house living.

In our second season, we’re diving into something extraordinary that happened right here in Central Victoria. Last June, the Mount Alexander Shire made a groundbreaking decision to allow people to live in tiny houses on wheels on private property without a permit or time limit. This change removed the biggest barrier to tiny house living: council regulations. This significant development attracted national media attention and opened up a new avenue for affordable housing in our region.

The Inspiration Behind Season 2

Our community’s success sparked curiosity across Australia. Many people asked, “How did you do it? How can we achieve the same in our hometown?” Season 2 is dedicated to answering these questions. We’ll take you behind the scenes, talking to all the key players involved in this monumental change. You’ll learn about the challenges they faced, the strategies that led to success, and how you can replicate this progress in your own area.

A Journey of Persistence and Triumph

Our story begins with a campaign that didn’t quite hit the mark but paved the way for future success. Back in 2020, Fred Schultz led an effort to change local laws regarding tiny houses. Although it didn’t achieve all its goals, it set the stage for the successful campaign that followed.

This season, we revisit that initial attempt to understand its impact and how it set the foundation for the victory in 2023. We delve into the strategic steps taken, the importance of timing, and the roles played by dedicated individuals and community groups like My Home Network.

Key Takeaways and Strategies for Change

Throughout this season, we will share valuable insights and strategies that you can use to advocate for tiny house-friendly laws in your area. From tapping into community networks to gathering data on housing needs, we cover all aspects of running a successful campaign.

Meet the Advocates and Leaders

You’ll hear from many people, including Kaz Neilson of My Home Network, Kathryn McGoldrick, a tiny house dweller and campaign face, and Councillor Rosie Annear, who provides an inside look at the council’s perspective. Their stories highlight the collaborative effort and relentless determination that made this change possible.

Overcoming Challenges

While celebrating this achievement, we also acknowledge ongoing challenges, such as waste water processing regulations for tiny house dwellers. Each episode will explore these issues and offer practical solutions to overcome them.

Join Us for an Inspiring Season

Season 2 of Candid Tiny House is not just about celebrating a victory; it’s about empowering you with the knowledge and inspiration to drive change in your community. Whether you’re a tiny house enthusiast, an advocate for affordable housing, or simply curious about how local laws can evolve, this season has something for you.

Tune in to hear the full story of how Mount Alexander Shire became a pioneer in tiny house legislation and how you can be a part of the tiny house movement. Stay with us as we explore the journey, the triumphs, and the future of tiny house living.

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Release Date:

First Episode is out on Friday June 14th, followed by weekly episodes on Fridays.


Season 1:

Season 1 of Candid Tiny House is a multi-platform interview series with people who have built their tiny house on wheels in Australia. These honest interviews are with people who have built a tiny house on a Fred’s Tiny Houses Trailer in Australia after taking a Workshop or Online Course with Fred.

Mine these interviews for tiny house building tips that are grounded in reality and experience. Hear stories of everything that it’s taken to build each tiny house on wheels, including the:

  • financial costs & the savings;
  • things they wish they knew before starting out on their tiny house building journey;
  • injuries & the community support;
  • setbacks & triumphs; and
  • compromises & innovations.

Instead of presenting a shiny tiny house ideal, we take a gritty and realistic look at the enormous feat it takes to build a tiny house on wheels. Each client sets out to make a home that is a successful road vehicle as well as being a comfortable place to live in year-round.

Each episode includes:

  1. Blog article with a photo gallery;
  2. Video tour or short interview; and
  3. In-depth interview on the podcast.

Be inspired by all the people who have walked the path before you.

Season 1 consists of six episodes released every Friday from 24th September to 29th October 2021. All the interviewees are in Australia and we focus exclusively on information that is relevant to Australia.

Shannon Schultz is your host on Candid Tiny House. She talks to people every day about their tiny house projects at Fred’s Tiny Houses and enjoys getting real about tiny houses and everything that is involved in making them and living in them. She picks up the technical stuff from Fred (her husband) and loves catching up with clients to celebrate their journey and their tiny house successes! 🙂


S2E3 New Campaign, New Strategies

Kaz Neilson, Co-ordinator of the My Home Network, re-ignited the campaign for legalizing tiny house living in our Shire.

Kathryn McGoldrick was homeless for six years and became the face of the tiny house campaign while she completed her tiny house on wheels.

Councillor Matthew Driscoll had a “burning desire” for housing equality, and got things moving inside council…


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S2E2 First Attempt at Changing Local Tiny House Laws

In 2020 the Local Laws were up for review, and the proposed laws were hostile towards tiny houses on wheels, even though there was clear community support for making them legal…

Fred Schultz and Councillor Christine Henderson reflect on the first attempt to change tiny house local laws…

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S2E1 Introducing: The Advocacy Season

Introducing Candid Tiny House Season 2, where we talk to the people who changed tiny house laws in Mount Alexander Shire, Victoria. It’s a case study and a ‘how-to’ on your local campaign!

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S1E1 Luke & Jess

Luke and Jess had only bought a mattress together, by way of a joint purchase as a couple, before they decided to buy a trailer and build a tiny house on it…

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S1E2 Deon & Marine

It hasn’t all been curling waves and sea foam for Deon and Marine, a Sydney couple who decided to build themselves a tiny house on wheels back in 2019 to support their ethical pursuits and surfing lifestyle near to the city and family…

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S1E3 Bree & Lucas

After several years of researching and two years of building their tiny house on wheels, there were still some things that Bree and Lucas wish they knew before they started…

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S1E4 Lou

What does an award winning travel writer do when international borders are shut and even domestic travel is limited to one’s home state?

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S1E5 Anna & Rowan

There are risks in building a tiny house that are known, like: hostile council regulations; shoddy building techniques that can lead to damaged tiny houses; poor design that can lead to an un-livable space or budget blow-outs that leave tiny houses unfinished and owners out of pocket…

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S1E6 Jim

“What I wanted was space up there, because I didn’t want to be crawling around at seventy years of age, crawling around upstairs. To have stand-up space upstairs was really important,” says Jim about his tiny house design.

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