2015 – Access Housing’s Year in Review

17 Dec 2015

2015 was another successful year for Access Housing, with the company recording a range of significant achievements and milestones across its business divisions.

Properties under management grew to 1,901 in FY2015, allowing for more than 3,000 individuals to have a place to call ‘home’ thanks to Access Housing and Access Housing Realty. In doing so we provided $14 million in rental subsidy discounts, a Social Value Indicator representing an average 54% reduction in rents to alleviate housing affordability stress.

Our staff’s commitment to our tenants helped us record a 91% satisfaction rate in our annual Tenant Survey, showcasing the quality of customer service our Tenancy Services, Property Services, Maintenance and Reception staff commit themselves to.

The calendar year also saw our Property Assets team complete 23 new affordable housing dwellings through our property development programs, taking the total number of dwellings completed by Access Housing since 2013 past 150. In addition, we also have more than 150 further dwellings in our approved development plan either under construction or to commence construction in 2016.

In addition to the above, here is a snapshot of other key events that took place in 2015 at Access Housing;

January
First tenants move in, Carey Park project nears completion
Access Housing and Coastline Homes worked together to develop 20 two and three-bedroom villas in the Bunbury suburb of Carey Park. The first two completed villas were handed over to Access Housing in early January. Click here to read more. 

February
South West ‘Ageing in Place’ project gets green light
Access Housing proudly announced its South West pilot ‘Ageing in Place’ project, which will develop individual living units in Boyanup and Dardanup to accommodate local seniors.

Regional Development Minister Terry Redman gave the project the green light by announcing more than $4.8 million in funding – made possible by the State Government’s Royalties for Regions Growing our South initiative – to supplement Access Housing’s capital investment. Construction will commence in 2016. Click here to read more. 

Property Development Overview pageHilton development handed over
Access Housing’s Hilton development was formally handed over by builders NicheQ. This maisonette development of four two-bedroom apartments was constructed using an innovative building technology called Structural Insulated Panels, which provides an environmentally responsible solution with strength, versatility and exceptional insulation properties. Click here to read more. 

CEO eyes innovative evolution of NFP housing sector
Access Housing Chief Executive Officer Garry Ellender used his keynote presentation at the 2015 WA Affordable Housing Development Summit to bring attention to the need to diversify and innovate within the social housing sector in order to tangibly increase affordable housing supply. Click here to read more.

April
Affordable housing in Baldivis one step closer
Access Housing was delighted to confirm its first affordable housing development project in Baldivis at 1 Sherry Street received planning approval from the City of Rockingham and the Western Australian Planning Commission.

The 51 dwelling development called ‘Jervis Rise’ will yield a blend of affordable and innovatively designed one and two bedroom units, some of which have National Rental Affordability Scheme incentives attached. Click here to read more. 

May
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Carey Park development increases supply of Affordable Housing in the South West

Access Housing further strengthened its commitment to tangibly increasing the supply of Affordable Housing in the South West when it officially opened its fully completed Carey Park development, following on from the January completion of the first two villas.

Minister for Housing, the Hon. Colin Holt MLC and Access Housing CEO Garry Ellender officially opened the development. Click here to read more.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

June
New Development to Increase Access to Affordable Housing in Rockingham
Access Housing CEO Garry Ellender was joined by a raft of dignitaries for a ceremonial ‘turning of the sod’ at Access Housing’s Rockingham project site to celebrate the commencement of construction. Click here to read more. 

Leading the discussion on affordable South West Metro housing
Access Housing CEO Garry Ellender discussed the state of affordable housing in the South West Metropolitan area at a Fremantle Homelessness Interagency Working Group (FHIWG) breakfast forum.

Mr Ellender discussed Access Housing’s strategic priorities, current challenges and opportunities in the affordable housing sector and the company’s vision for community housing in the South West Metropolitan area. Click here to read more. 

Sleepout effort raises more than $8,000 for WA’s homeless
Access Housing CEO Garry Ellender joined more than 110 other Perth business and community leaders for a night ‘sleeping rough’ at the WACA Ground for the 2015 Vinnies CEO Sleepout.

In a bid to encourage people to donate to the cause, Mr Ellender – a passionate West Coast Eagles fan – promised to wear a Fremantle Dockers ‘onesie’ during the Sleepout. His willingness to do this saw him beat his 2014 Sleepout total of $7,000 – this year raising $8,185. Click here to read more. 

August
Use thisSwags donation to help homeless sleeping rough
Access Housing continued its support of frontline homelessness service providers by again donating swags for the homeless as part of National Homeless Persons Week.

The annual awareness week – held this year between 3-9 August – saw Access Housing donate 48 swags to organisations assisting the homeless across the metropolitan area and Peel and South West regions. Click here to read more.   
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
Access Housing scoops the pool at AHI (WA) Awards night
Access Housing toasted its success after collecting three Australasian Housing Institute Awards for Professional Excellence in Housing at the Western Australian regional presentation ceremony.

General Manager – Property Assets Su Groome won the Outstanding Achievement Award and Policy Officer Michelle Shaw claimed the award for Inspirational Team Member. Access Housing and its subsidiary for-profit Real Estate company – Access Housing Realty – shared the spoils with the City of Perth in taking out the Excellence in Social Housing Award for the City’s ‘Penny Lane’ Key Worker accommodation complex. Click here to read more. 

Access Housing Business Plan 2015-2020
Access Housing published its Business Plan 2015 – 2020 online. Click here to read more. 

September
Properties for sale in Baldivis, Coolbellup and Rockingham
Access Housing went to market with a range of new, affordable apartments and townhouses that are currently under construction within exciting developments in Baldivis, Coolbellup and Rockingham. There are still some properties for sale, so act quickly! Click here to read more. 

October
01Waikiki development officially opened
Access Housing officially opened its nine villa development at Waikiki on October 1.

The complex features a mix of architecturally designed two and three-bedroom villas and is positioned only minutes from the beach, train station, Rockingham City Centre and landscaped parklands. Click here to read more.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Access Housing helping to rethink social housing
Access Housing is proudly taking part in a research project that aims to identify and count the benefits of social housing, with a particular focus on determining the productivity benefits to individuals and the broader community.

This project, Rethinking Social Housing, is funded through the Sustainable Built Environment National Research Centre. Click here to read more. 

Access Housing raises profile at National Housing Conference
With CEO Garry Ellender delivering a presentation to a range of housing industry professionals, staff and project award nominations and recognition, a popular exhibition booth with sought after giveaways going like hotcakes and a number of staff attending presentation sessions, the 2015 National Housing Conference was certainly a jam packed event for Access Housing. Click here to read more. 

November
2015 Annual Report available online
Access Housing’s 2015 Annual Report was published online. Click here to read more. 

Access Housing congratulates LandCorp and City of Perth for planning awards
Access Housing’s highly valued partners LandCorp and the City of Perth collected prestigious Planning Institute of Australia awards for projects Access Housing is proud to be associated with. Click here to read more. 

December
Access Housing e-news delivered to your inbox
How does the idea of having Access Housing’s latest tenant, property development and general news delivered straight to your email account sound? Click here to read more.