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 Media Release

20 July 2018

To celebrate NAIDOC Week, Australia’s largest not for profit provider of community and affordable housing Community Housing Limited (CHL) has supported a series of indigenous community activities across the country.

CHL, one of the largest providers of Aboriginal housing in Australia with over 1,200 tenancies occupied by people with an ATSI background in residence, has marked NAIDOC Week with activities including sponsoring ATSI Elder Awards, solidarity marches, town gatherings, Aboriginal flag hoisting ceremonies, and family days.

“NAIDOC Week is an important event in Australia’s cultural calendar and we are proud to support those celebrations in a very tangible way,” Steve Bevington, Managing Director of Community Housing Limited Group said.

“Underlining what we do is our commitment to ensuring Aboriginal Housing is a priority and we continue to provide opportunities and support for our Aboriginal and Torres Straits Islander tenants,” said Steve.

CHL’s proud support for NAIDOC Week in New South Wales included attending local events with a manned stall offering advice and information to the public.

It began in Port Macquarie with a welcome to country in the town square with dancers and a didgeridoo player, followed by a flag raising on the foreshore, and was followed during the week with a family day comprising of arts and crafts, bush tucker and traditional games. The family days were also organised in Wauchope and Kempsey.

In South Australia, CHL sponsored the Female Elder and Male Elder of the Year Awards as part of the NAIDOC Week SA Awards, and also a display of Eastern Arrente Indigenous Art by the acclaimed Peter Sharrock.

A CHL tenant, Peter Sharrock’s first exhibition for two years was displayed at both the Westpac branch in the Northpark Shopping Centre and the CHL office foyer.

Mr Sharrock was also one of the guest speakers at a NAIDOC Week meet and greet session for Indigenous tenants at CHL’s Prospect office.

NAIDOC Week in South Australia celebrations were capped off when CHL staff and indigenous tenants joined together in the annual NAIDOC Week march, under our Aboriginal Community Housing Limited banner.

In Victoria, CHL lent its support to a traditional smoking ceremony at its Queens Road Rooming House, led by guest of honour Marbee Williams, grandson of a senior Boon Wurrung Elder, Aunty Carolyn Briggs, who in 2011 was named National Female Elder of the Year.

Marbee performed the traditional Aboriginal smoking ceremony, with all guests participating.

As this year’s theme was ‘Because of Her, We Can’, Marbee began the ceremony telling stories of the history of the long line of strong women in his family, as well as highlighting the significant impact Aboriginal women had historically on the fight for Aboriginal rights and recognition.

Marbee reflected that with Aboriginal men constrained by systemic disadvantage, it was left to the women to do much of the revolutionary work.

After the smoking ceremony there was a music performance, and all in attendance were invited to join a community lunch and view an artwork display.





About Community Housing Limited (CHL):

CHL is a national not for profit provider of community and affordable housing to those disadvantaged through market failure. In Australia, the Group manages over 9,000 properties across six states through its extensive network of 25 offices. It also develops affordable housing overseas and has offices in Timor Leste, Chile, PNG, Rwanda, Peru and India.

CHL’s service offering is diverse from providing pathways out of homelessness to crisis, transitional and long term housing, property development, tenancy and property management and community development to a wide cohort of people in need.


From November, an additional 1,400 properties will be managed by CHL in the mid north coast areas of Port Macquarie, Kempsey, Nambucca and surrounding areas as part of the Social Housing Management Transfer Program by the State Government. www.chl.org.au

Media Contact: Clare Arthurs | MCS | 0435 898 644 | clare@mediacomservices.com.au

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