Access Housing is toasting its success after last night collecting three Australasian Housing Institute Awards for Professional Excellence in Housing at the Western Australian regional presentation ceremony.
Access Housing 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 our 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. Access Housing has been involved with the project since its inception and Access Housing Realty property manages the complex.
Outstanding Achievement Award winner – 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. Su will also soon commence a position as WA’s representative on the AHI Board.
Inspirational Team Member Award winner – 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. Michelle is an unofficial leader and mentor to her colleagues, respected throughout Access Housing.
Excellence in Social Housing Award winner – 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 Awards for Professional Excellence in Housing recognise the contributions and achievements of housing professionals in the many disciplines that 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.
Su, Michelle and the Penny Lane complex will now compete against respective State, Territory and New Zealand award winners for the Australasian Awards, which will be announced on 28 October at the Awards Presentation Dinner to be held during the 2015 National Housing Conference in Perth.
More information about AHI Awards can be found by clicking here.