Housing Choices Australia Group - Annual Report 2020

       In partnership with the SA Property Council, Aged Care & Housing (ACH) group, and South Australia Housing Authority (SAHA), Housing Choices participated in ‘The Future of Social Housing’ event in November 2019. The event sought to discuss the future of social housing while showcasing the Spence on Light development. The event featured three speakers; our Managing Director, Michael Lennon, Warwick Stuart (SAHA), and Frank Weits (ACH). Each speaker presented for ten minutes and a panel discussion, moderated by Maria Palumbo, CEO of Junction Australia, followed the presentations.

Pictured (L to R): John Cain, Richard Wynne MP and Michael Lennon


While Spence on Light was still under construction, the event presented a fantastic opportunity to engage with key

industry figures while exhibiting the monumental achievements of all those involved in the project.

Held at Melbourne University, the Evan Walker Conversation is funded by the John Cain Foundation and brings together industry leaders. Managing Director, Michael Lennon, was invited to join the 2019 Evan Walker Conversation, along with Victorian Minister for Housing, Planning & Multicultural Aairs, Hon. Richard Wynne MP. Mr Wynne said that Melbourne was experiencing a third-wave of population growth that was bigger than the gold rush.

“Melbourne will be home to more than 8 million people in 2051 and will be as diverse as New York City.”

Housing Choices is pleased to have been part of crucial discussions on Melbourne's rapid population growth, and to discuss creative solutions for the city's housing.

Pictured (L to R): Warwick Stuart, Michael Lennon, Frank Weits and Maria Palumbo

           Many of Housing Choices’ executive and managing sta hold senior positions across key organisations in the community housing sector. This year, Michael Lennon concluded his term as Chair of the Community Housing Industry Association (CHIA), the sector’s national peak body. During his time as Chair, Michael was crucial in helping develop CHIA’s National Plan for Aordable Housing. Executive General Manager, Housing Services, Roberta Buchanan, is the Chair of CHIA Victoria. As Chair of the Victorian industry peak body, Roberta’s voice is essential in tackling the State’s housing crisis. Kim Bomford, General Manager, Housing Services Tasmania, is a Board Director on the Board of Australasian Housing Institute (AHI). As one of the eleven Board directors, Kim supports AHI in uniting and supporting a vibrant and self-confident social housing profession across New Zealand and Australia. Julie Duncan, General Manager Housing Services SA, is the Deputy Chair of the Community Housing Councils of South Australia.

Pictured: Kim Bomford on TVNZ

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General Manager, Housing Services Tasmania, Kim Bomford, featured in a story on TVNZ profiling Tasmania's evolving approach to housing aordability. We're thrilled that Kim was given the opportunity to eloquently provide her insights on the issue.


Housing Choices Australia | Annual Report 2019-20

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