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CHL Industries (CHLI), a subsidiary of Community Housing Ltd is excited to announce that it has signed a contract with the Timor Ministry of Petroleum and Mineral Resources (MPRN) to design and build the largest ever affordable housing project in Timor Leste to date.

The project includes development of seventy two (72) new homes as the first stage of a project to relocate families affected by the expansion of the airport in Suai, a city located on the southern coast of Timor Leste.

In addition to new housing, CHLI will also be delivering an accredited training program for the local workers, providing on-the-job training opportunities for unskilled workers.

CHLI will work collaboratively with TimorGap EP, the National Oil Company of Timor-Leste and the business division of MPRN, in providing housing to the affected families and delivering training to community members, allowing them to participate in the construction of the houses.

Delighted at the news Steve Bevington, Managing Director of Community Housing Ltd Group said, “CHLI is thrilled to be working in partnership with MPRN, TimorGap EP, and local district leaders, to design and implement this innovative and ambitious project. It will not only deliver quality housing that is culturally appropriate but also provide access to certified training and employment opportunities to people living in Suai.”

The project includes three and four bedroom houses which will be built using local materials and using local labour. The first stage will be completed in late 2016.

Through this project CHLI also aims to contribute to the establishment of a local building industry by training local people in its interlocking Claybrick system, also known as Tijolu Kesi which will be used in the construction of these houses.

This system uses sustainable local building materials and will include local labour in its production thereby reducing reliance on imported materials and developing a trained construction workforce to meet future demand.

An onsite production and training centre is being set up and CHLI’s team of skilled trainers and supervisors will work together to train and supervise the community in production of and construction with local building materials. The training program will be an apprenticeship program with training modules designed by CHL and assessed by Holmesglen TAFE to ensure that training is delivered to international standards.

It is estimated that close to 300 local workers will be employed over the term of the full project incorporating stage 2 with majority of them receiving certification, training and employment during the duration of the project. This training program will have a regional impact and make a significant contribution to the growth of the local economy generating employment opportunities for the people.

“CHLI has been chosen as the trusted partner by the Timor Leste government in delivering this project not only due to its construction capability but more so as it has a complementary approach to providing training to local workers and enabling them with skills beneficial for their future.

CHLI has become recognised as a catalyst in the professional skilled trade market, a key player in nurturing and investing in Timor Leste’s new generation of building and construction workers”, says Mr. Bevington.


 Community Housing Limited (CHL) is a national and international provider of affordable housing. Its vision is ‘A world without housing poverty’.

In Australia 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, Papua New Guinea, Chile, and India. CHL has over 20 years’ experience in delivering a range of housing and support services and over 5,700 properties under its management across Australia.

CHL established operations in Timor Leste in 2004 and registered as CHLI. It has an office in Dili and employs local staff to manage its operations. Over the last decade CHLI has been involved in housing advocacy and housing policy advice to assist the Government of Timor Leste to develop programs which will assist housing the people where 80% of the population require housing improvement.

 CHL also carries out design and construction of housing; training and employment in construction skills and develops construction projects providing essential infrastructure for community organisations.


 For more information contact:

Preeti Daga

Executive Officer – Marketing and Public Relations, CHL t   03 9856 0021

M 0430 555 241

E preeti.daga@chl.org.au


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