The Australasian Housing Institute WA Awards for Professional Excellence in Housing presentation ceremony will have a distinct Access Housing feel to it on 13 August with two of our staff and two projects nominated for awards.
The awards recognise the contributions and achievements of housing professionals in the many disciplines which make up the housing profession. The 2015 AHI Awards feature eight categories, including nominations for individuals and teams working in the social housing industry, as well as tenants.
Access Housing staff Su Groome (General Manager – Property Assets) and Michelle Shaw (Policy Officer) have been nominated for the Outstanding Achievement and Inspirational Team Member Awards respectively. Access Housing’s seniors’ complex in Capel has been nominated for the Leading Housing Development Project Award, while the City of Perth’s ‘Penny Lane’ Key Worker accommodation complex, which Access Housing Realty property manages, is in the running for both the Leading Innovation Award and Excellence in Social Housing Award.
Outstanding Achievement Award nominee – Su Groome
Su has more than 20 years’ professional experience as an architect, planner, policy advisor and sustainability strategist working on a diverse portfolio of projects in urban, rural and remote locations across Australasia.
Su is delivering results and collaborating with others in the community housing sector to achieve tangible, invaluable social outcomes for Access Housing and community housing tenants in the form of increased affordable housing supply and property maintenance services.
Su has been recognised for her contribution to the affordable housing sector through selection as an inaugural member of the Property Council of WA’s ‘Women in Property Committee’. This allows her to raise the profile of women in the property industry but also highlight the role of the not-for-profit sector and the ongoing importance of affordable housing in a climate where affordable rents and home ownership are beyond the reach of a growing number of Australians.
Inspirational Team Member Award nominee – Michelle Shaw
Michelle has worked for Access Housing for more than seven years in different non-management capacities within the company’s Tenancy Services department.
With more than 20 years of social and community housing experience that has been hallmarked by commitment, drive and determination, Michelle has been instrumental in instigating, shaping, developing and driving changes within Access Housing to ensure its Tenancy Services department remains compliant, consistent, competitive and provides value for money for our tenants.
Leading Housing Development Project Award nominee – Capel Seniors Development Complex
Access Housing’s Capel development was the company’s first ‘ageing in place’ specific development, allowing seniors to continue residing in their local area in South West WA.
Central to the project being realised was Access Housing’s collaboration with the local council, South West Development Commission (SWDC) and a local residents’ group eager to see a seniors complex developed to allow local seniors to remain in the town.
The successful Capel development showcases the value of built-for-purpose ‘ageing in place’ developments, particularly in regional areas, as tenants have been able to retain their social, health and other amenity networks, which ultimately enhance their quality of life.
Leading Innovation and Excellence in Social Housing Awards nominee – Penny Lane Apartments
The Penny Lane Affordable Apartments in East Perth comprises 48 apartments which are rented to inner-city workers on low to moderate incomes that wish to live close to their workplace but cannot afford renting in the private Perth CBD rental market.
Access Housing has been involved with the Penny Lane project since its inception through its attraction of National Rental Affordability Scheme incentives on the apartments. Its subsidiary for-profit real estate company, Access Housing Realty, acts as property manager for the development. All property management fees are donated to Access Housing to assist in the development of more affordable housing for Western Australians.
The WA award winners of each category will compete against other State, Territory and New Zealand award winners for the Australasian Awards, which will be announced on 28 October at the Awards Presentation Dinner which will be held during the 2015 National Housing Conference in Perth.
More information about AHI Awards can be found by clicking here.