Community Housing Limited (CHL) has piloted a unique initiative called the ‘Fridge for Fruit’ Program in partnership with the Ravenswood Heights Primary School.

Part of CHL’s community development and engagement plan for the area, the pilot program has seen CHL purchase 16 Fridges that are placed in each class at the school. Each class utilises the fridges differently but the main objective is to encourage healthy eating and education around the impact of a healthy diet on education.

“I love the fridge, we store our fruit, vegies, soup and more healthy food. I like keeping my drink bottle and lunch nice and cold”, says Lilly, a student at the Ravenswood Primary School.

CHL took over the management of close to 1200 social housing properties in the suburbs of Ravenswood, Rocherlea, Waverley, Mowbray and Mayfield, from Housing Tasmania as part of the Better Housing Futures reform in 2014 and since then has launched a range of community engagement initiatives to create socially inclusive communities.

According to Steve Bevington, Managing Director of CHL, “Over the past 2 years we have worked closely with the tenants and broader community to ensure engagement and consultation in renewing neighbourhoods, improving the quality of existing housing and promoting the health and wellbeing of our residents through activities and initiatives such as this.

Similar to our Scholarship Program last year, the ‘Fridge for Fruit’ is proving to be a yet another popular pilot program that we are hoping to take to all schools in the areas we work in. The Ravenswood Heights Primary School and Principal Zac Taylor should be commended for their participation and efforts so far.”

Principal Zachary Taylor said “The Fridge for Fruit pilot initiative has been a great addition to the Health and Wellbeing program at Ravenswood Heights Primary School. With the introduction of the Tasmanian Government initiative ‘Move Well, Eat Well’ Framework across the school, the fridges in all classrooms has supported and motivated our students to bring along water bottles and fresh fruit to access throughout the school day. There has been a notable increase of students accessing healthy food at school, this is reinforced by students regularly accessing the school garden and orchard during learning and break times”.

“I would like to recognise the excellent partnership we have developed with Community Housing Limited and their ongoing support of the students at Ravenswood Heights Primary School”.

CHL State Manager Melissa Palframan said “We are proud to support such a great initiative which targets our young community members. The Fridge for Fruit Program supports the importance of establishing healthy eating patterns for present and future wellbeing and a healthy life.”

Community Housing Limited (CHL) is a national and international provider of affordable housing. Its vision is ‘A world without housing poverty’. CHL established operations in Tasmania in 2006 and currently has 14 staff in three offices in Mowbray, Launceston and Ulverstone managing 1,366 properties in the North West, Launceston, Perth and Hobart.

CHL manages two facilities in Launceston and one in Ulverstone for group accommodation for people and youth at risk of homelessness. These facilities are managed in partnership with Anglicare Tasmania which provides support assistance to tenants.

CHL has over 22 years’ experience in delivering a range of housing and support services and over 5,850 properties under its management across 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, Chile, and India.

 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.

 For more information on CHL, contact:

Preeti Daga

Executive Officer – Marketing and Public Relations t   03 9856 0021

e- preeti.daga@chl.org.au






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