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.
The biennial Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI)-convened conference is the largest cross-sectoral housing meeting in Australasia. This year’s conference was held at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre between 28-30 October and saw more than 800 delegates from across Australia, New Zealand, Asia, the US and Europe attend.
Opening night of the conference saw Access Housing and Access Housing Realty join with project partner City of Perth in receiving a high commendation for the City’s ‘Penny Lane’ Key Worker Accommodation complex at the Australasian Housing Institute’s Professional Excellence in Housing Awards reception. The project received the high commendation in the ‘Excellence in Social Housing’ category.
The Penny Lane Affordable Apartments in East Perth comprise 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.
Access Housing CEO Garry Ellender formed part of an expert panel on day two of the conference during the house always wins: investing for financial gain and social return session, which discussed how social impact investment has the power to create change for social good while also delivering a financial return to those who choose this means of investment. As CEO of one of Western Australia’s leading providers of affordable housing, Mr Ellender gave a not-for-profit housing provider perspective on the topic.
Mr Ellender’s presentation was complemented by a number of other Access Housing staff delegates that attended sessions across the conference’s three days. Staff from our Tenancy Services, Property Assets and Corporate teams networked and engaged in discussions with colleagues from across the industry to share ideas and
opinions on the pressing issues, opportunities and innovations within the affordable housing sector.
Access Housing’s exhibition booth was also heavily trafficked and visited throughout the conference, with more than 110 giveaway bags handed out, as well as Access Housing Business Plans and 2015 Annual Reports flying off the stands. Access Housing Realty’s sales brochures for affordable housing purchase options within projects in Coolbellup and Rockingham were also popular with attendees.
Congratulations to AHURI and the Western Australian Housing Authority for hosting a successful 2015 conference.