This year the SouthEast Housing Co-operative Ltd celebrates its 15th year since being formed in 2000. Fifty six adults - including 50 members attended three social events on the 24, 25 and 26 August 2015. Each event featured a tribute to the former General Manager Ian McLaren, show bags and goodies, door prizes, a magician and a a cake. It was an opportunity for members, directors and staff to mingle and enhance community within SouthEast. At each event the Chairperson Andrea Lee welcomed members, stressed the importance of community and hoped that members would enjoy the evening. Members were asked to rate the activities across the three events and the top Excellent ratings were - The tribute to the former General Manager Ian McLaren 47 (83.93%), The Showbags and goodies, The Magician and The role of the Acting Managers in organising the event 43 (76.8%) for each and The comments of the Chairperson 41 (71.43%). Members were also asked whether or not they would attend similar social events in the future - 43 (76.79%) said yes definitely. A subsequent board meeting on the 28 August 2015 congratulated staff who contributed to the success of the events - Joy Haines, Michelle D'Rozario, Dale Carroll and David Griffiths.
Housing Futures August 2015 has just been published by the SouthEast Housing Co-operative Ltd. This issue is an upgrade from previous issues with an improved layout and paper quality - demonstrating the co-operative's commitment to continuous improvement. It was an upgrade that was being supported by the co-operative's previous General Manager Ian McLaren. The front and second pages pay tribute to Ian who recently died.
Other articles of interest include a report on the General Meeting held on 18 May 2015, Housing and the 2015-2016 Budget, the Australian Senate's Housing Affordability Report, the new emergency maintenance service being provided by the co-operative, three brief book reviews, a report on CHIA and an interview with staff member Dale Carroll.
In a speech on 22 July 2015 to the Institute of Public Affairs, the Minister for Social Services, the Hon. Scott Morrison, MP, has discussed housing.
Better partnerships are also needed with the States and Territories.
Today, the Prime Minister is meeting with Premiers to discuss many of the issues that challenge and confound our federation. Housing is one of those issues and is on the agenda for discussion.
It is an area where our federation is failing us. We are spending more than $10 billion a year and making very little progress. The Commonwealth accounts for around 60% of this expenditure and in 2014/15 this equates to $6.3 billion. Commonwealth rental assistance (CRA) accounts for the majority of this investment at $4.2 billion, the balance being transfers to the states. CRA has been increasing at a rate of almost 7% a year. At the same time State housing expenditures have been flat.Read more ...
It is with a heavy heart that this notice is written to inform the members of Southeast Housing Co-operative of the passing of Ian McLaren in the early hours of Tuesday morning 7/07/2015
Ian will be sadly missed by the SouthEast Housing Co-operative staff, the board of directors and members.
Ian joined the co-operative as Chief Financial Officer in 2010 and was subsequently appointed General Manager in 2011. Prior to joining SouthEast, Ian worked for CEHL, MIND and in the private sector.
Read the tribute by the Chairperson of the SouthEast Housing Co-operative Ltd, Andrea Lee.
The Council of Social Service of NSW (NCOSS) has released a survey on low to middle income families - The NCOSS Cost of Living Report 2015. The survey was undertaken online and completed by 401 respondents between 18 - 25 June 2015. Families with dependent children with household incomes less than the median (approximately $75,000) were surveyed. The survey was designed by Essential Research in conjunction with NCOSS.
On housing, at least one in five low and middle income families reported they could not afford a decent and secure home (21%), a roof and gutters that don't leak (23%) or a separate bedroom for every child over 10 (20%).The survey also found that 58% were experiencing housing stress and that 32% of sole parent families reported spending more than half of their income on housing.
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