CHL Scholarship Program receives a double thumbs up from young adults

8 October 2016

National not for profit affordable housing provider, Community Housing Ltd’s (CHL) flagship Scholarship Program has received a huge response from the community with double the number of applications received in its second year.

Launceston born sporting legends former Australian Test captain Ricky Ponting and Champion Boxer Daniel Geale presented 3 scholarships to successful recipients from the northern suburbs of Launceston as part of the Scholarship Program in the areas of education, sports and performing arts.

CHL had introduced this Scholarship Program last year for young adults between 12-18 years of age living in a CHL managed house under the Better Housing Futures Program in the suburbs of Mayfield, Mowbray, Ravenswood, Rocherlea and Waverly. The program includes three scholarships capped at $3,500 and aims to enhance the skills and further the social and professional development of the recipients with a view to securing employment in the future.

Owing to the success of the first year the Scholarship Program has received tremendous response from the government and the community alike with the Premier Hon Will Hodgman providing $3,000 to the program out of his discretionary funding.

Local community and businesses have extended their generous support to the program with Begents founded by the late Max Buchanan donating $5000 towards the cause.

Besides the two sporting icons the ceremony was attended by the Mayor of Launceston Albert Van Zetten and Christine Collins from Department of Health and Human Services along with the successful recipients and their families. The successful recipients of the 2016 CHL Tasmania Scholarship Program are:

Daria Bannister Rocherlea Scholarship certificate presented by Ricky Ponting , Daniel Geale $3,500 – Sports & Education
Brayden Freeman Rocherlea Scholarship certificate presented by Chris Collins $3,500 – Sports & Education
Marlia Richardson-Green Mowbray


Scholarship certificate presented by Mayor Van Zetten $3,500 – Education


Delighted to see the Scholarship Program receiving community and government support, Steve Bevington, Managing Director of CHL said, “It’s wonderful to see the Scholarship Program receiving such a tremendous response from the community. Initiatives such as this are successful because of the participation of the community. The inaugural year saw three young kids getting a head start towards fulfilling their dreams. This year is even better with 2 young girls securing the scholarship.

The kids in these communities have huge potential and aspirations and we want to support them to fulfil them.”

According to Callum Harrison, recipient of last year’s Sports Scholarship, “The scholarship has been very good for me. I have been able to undertake extra fitness and coaching and the ability to purchase quality equipment like boots and runners has been great.”

“Without the scholarship funds I would not have been able to travel to the USA on the Newstead College drama trip and to be honest before this I was up in the air a little as to whether or not I followed my dream into acting because it’s tough to get work but now I’m 100% driven to realise my goals so it’s been a life changer for me!”, says Hamish Wooders, one of the three successful recipients from last year.

Recognising the financial barriers one can face Steve says, “Without the required monetary support can hinder enrolment into study for the disadvantaged and vulnerable young adults and they often miss out on opportunities and stay in the poverty cycle. It’s great to see the Premier of Tasmania backing this initiative and local business such as Begents coming forward to support the program financially.”

Pleased to be handing out the scholarships, Daniel Geale said, “It is a privilege to be involved in a program that provides assistance to youth who live in the suburbs I grew up in.”

Thanking Ricky and Daniel for their incredible support to this scholarship initiative second year in a row, Melissa Palframan, State Manager for CHL Tasmania said, “It is an exciting day for these young adults as they not only get the scholarship to pursue their dream but they also get to meet their role models in these local sports legends. We are grateful to them for taking time out of their busy schedules to lend their generous support yet again. It has most definitely made a positive impact on the kids.”

Scholarship recipient, Daria Bannister said, “The scholarship is an amazing opportunity for me, I want to play female AFL football one day and this will help me do that.”

“CHL is proud to have reintroduced this initiative which is a step closer to fulfilling our mission of creating opportunity and strengthening the community”, adds Steve.

“I would say to anyone with a passion for sport, education or drama to give the scholarship a go as it’s been fantastic for me”, says Hamish.

Why did CHL introduce the Scholarship Program for these suburbs?

Historically these suburbs are referred to as low socio economic areas in Launceston with a very high unemployment rate with approximately 60 per cent of all residents over the age of 15 being either unemployed or their employment status is unknown.

CHL is attempting to improve this situation and is committed to supporting the long-term community development and social inclusion of these suburbs by providing opportunities to advance education, skills building, employment, and general wellbeing.

Scholarship Program Details:

Other Eligibility criteria:

  • Only for young adults between 12-18 years of age and must reside in the Mayfield, Mowbray, Ravenswood, Rocherlea and Waverly communities in a CHL managed property
  • Scholarship will be paid directly to the registered education, training, sporting or performing arts organisation delivering the study
  • Applicants must not currently be in receipt of another scholarship

What will the Scholarship cover?

  • Education course costs; Incidental study costs
  • Sports or Performing Arts Fees [for a period of 12 months]
  • Equipment needed to support the recipient
  • Travel costs associated with the pursuit nominated in the scholarship application


Applications Review Panel: Zac Taylor, Principle – Ravenswood Primary School | Nettie Burr – Ravenswood Neighbourhood House |Denise Delphin- Northern Suburbs Community Centre

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 18 staff in four offices in Hobart, Mowbray, Launceston and Ulverstone managing 1400 properties in the North West, Launceston, Perth and Hobart.  

In July 2014 CHL took over the management of close to 1200 social housing properties from Housing Tasmania as part of the Better Housing Futures reform.   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 6,000 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, Papua New Guinea 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

e preeti.daga@chl.org.au

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