Fraser Coast Housing Ltd (FCHL), one of the oldest and well respected housing organisations in regional Queensland today announced its merger with Community Housing Ltd (CHL), a leading national and international not-for-profit housing provider, in a first ever merger of housing organisations in Queensland under the Department of Housing and Public Work’s ‘One Social Housing System’.
CHL currently manages over 4000 properties around the country and has more than 160 staff. It operates in five States including Victoria, Western Australia, South Australia, Tasmania, New South Wales and has registered itself as a housing association in Queensland last November.
The merger process has culminated after over 18 months of discussion and consultation between CHL and FCHL and has been approved ‘in-principle’ by the Queensland Department of Housing and Public Works. Both CHL and FCHL thanked the Department for its support and commitment in making this a reality.
Welcoming the merger of CHL and FCHL, CHL’s Managing Director Steve Bevington said, “This merger is the coming together of two like minded organisations that share a common vision of providing quality housing and services to the community and will benefit from the exchange of knowledge, skills and competencies. Through our combined resources we will have increased efficiencies and capacity to offer enhanced development opportunities which will allow us to meet the growing housing demand in the region and the State overall.”
FCHL has three offices in the Fraser Coast region managing 189 properties with 21 staff. The organisation will continue to provide its services from its Maryborough office under the headship of Steve Bevington, Managing Director of CHL Group of companies. Ian Clunn, the CEO of FCHL will join the Executive team as CHL Manager for Wide Bay and CHL Queensland Representative. Lance Stone, the former Chair of FCHL will be taking up a position as a Non Executive Director on CHL’s Board.
Delighted to announce the merger CEO of FCHL, Ian Clunn said, “We’re thrilled to join CHL. We made this selection based on the CHL’s reputation and performance in offering an effective governance framework and a vision which allows us to expand and strengthen our service delivery to local communities. It also offers expertise which we can now share, including its developmental capability and its experience of working with diverse communities.”
The merger will in due course offer new opportunities for advancement for staff and create service delivery enhancement to FCHL tenants. “I would like to acknowledge both the commitment and positivity of our residents, business partners and staff towards this merger,” added Ian.
Adding to this Mayor Gerard O’Connell who had a personal involvement with FCHL a few years ago said, “I am delighted after several months of hard work that this visionary step has been taken and I welcome the leadership, innovation and investment this merger will bring for the Fraser Coast community. FCHL is an integral part of our community doing great work in providing housing and this merger will galvanise the support for a much needed service for our community.”
About CHL: It is a national and international provider of affordable housing. Its vision is ‘a world without housing poverty’. CHL is a registered Housing organisation in Victoria and Queensland and an approved growth provider in NSW, Tasmania, WA and SA. Its international operations are located in Timor Leste, Chile, and India.
It has over 4000 properties under management across Australia. CHL is a vertically integrated operation that manages the entire housing lifecycle. This includes securing funding, locating suitable land, project managing, designing and constructing, then managing the tenancy for the long term which includes collecting rents and maintaining the property.
About FCHL: FCHL is a Registered Community Housing Provider under the Housing Regulations (Qld) 2003. The geographic area of the FCHL activities includes the major regional cities of Maryborough and Hervey Bay and surrounding regional centres of Torbanlea, Howard, Tiaro, Dundowran and Burrum. Maryborough is at the geographic and demographic centre of the Wide Bay Region. As well as providing a full range of social housing programs, FCHL is also a Specialist Homelessness Service.
For more information, contact:
Marketing and Communications Coordinator
Community Housing Limited
T 03 9856 0021
M 0430 555 241