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CHL’S SOUTH AUSTRALIAN OFFICE CELEBRATES NAIDOC WEEK

6th July 2018

National not for profit housing provider, Community Housing Limited (CHL) will celebrate NAIDOC Week, during the month of July, through a range of community activities that recognise the history, culture and achievements of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

In South Australia (SA), CHL is proudly sponsoring the ‘Female Elder’ and ‘Male Elder of the Year’ as part of the NAIDOC SA Awards. Presentation of the NAIDOC 2018 Awards will be made at the Aboriginal Flag Raising Ceremony and Lord Mayor’s Morning Tea on Monday 9th July 2018.

Members of the community are encouraged to nominate an inspirational role model for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and/or the broader Australian population, that has demonstrated leadership within their community or field and that is aged 60 years and over.

The Awards launch the week long celebrations that will also include a display of artwork from respected Eastern Arrente Indigenous artist, and CHL tenant, Peter Sharrock.

Peter will proudly display his award winning pieces as part of “Community Housing NAIDOC Exhibition” in the Westpac branch of the Northpark Shopping Centre and also in the CHL office foyer in Prospect at 270B Main North Road.

Locals are invited to attend both locations to enjoy Peter’s pieces, which are heavily influenced by his cultural heritage and love of the abstract art form.

“My work is a mixture of contemporary urban life and upbringing, with a connection to the land. I work with expressions of identity, both personal and with my cultural heritage. Cultural ideals expressed in contemporary art practices,” Peter Sharrock said.

“I work mainly within the practices of Earth Art/ Land Art. Although a lot of my works are Abstract by nature as they are influenced by Abstract Expressionism. Life itself is Abstract.”

The Exhibition will be Peter’s first solo exhibition in over two years and will include many new pieces of work.

“Our South Australian office is proud to be involved in NADIOC week celebrations this year which include sponsorship of the NAIDOC SA Awards – Elders of the Year, a Solidarity March, an afternoon tea and the hosting of Peter’s artwork who is an inspiring CHL tenant,” Gary Storkey, CHL’s State Manager for SA said.

“CHL as a group is committed to providing opportunity and support to its Aboriginal tenants and working with the local Aboriginal communities to ensure the issues surrounding appropriate Aboriginal housing remain a priority and at the forefront of discussions”, says National Manager of CHL, Brett Wake who will be travelling to SA, to join CHL staff and Indigenous tenants for the NAIDOC Week march on July 13th.

Peter is appreciative of the opportunities afforded to him by CHL.

“Community Housing Ltd gives people the opportunity to be settled in where they live. They offer not only housing but the opportunity for people to become involved with local community projects and to focus on their own life goals. They provide a much needed environment of support,” Peter Sharrock said.

Other activities during NAIDOC Week in the CHL Prospect office includes a meet and greet session for Indigenous tenants, on Monday 9th July, which will be attended by special guest speakers, including Peter Sharrock and Ron Newchurch, who will share stories of his childhood growing up in the Point Pearce Aboriginal community.

On the Friday, the CHL SA staff together with their Indigenous tenants will participate in the NAIDOC Week march, where the group will walk together in solidarity under the Aboriginal Community Housing Limited (ACHL) banner, which is part of the CHL Group of companies focused on housing outcomes for the indigenous communities around the country.

For further information on the Aboriginal Housing opportunities available through CHL, interested parties are invited to attend the CHL stall in Victoria Square during NAIDOC week or contact the office on 1300 245 465.

NAIDOC Week 2018 will be held 8-15 July, with celebrations around the country.

 

About Community Housing Limited (CHL) Group:

CHL is a national and international provider of community and affordable housing to those disadvantaged through market failure. CHL is a registered charity. Its vision is ‘A world without housing poverty’.

In Australia CHL is the largest community housing provider with over 7,013 properties under management across six states. It also develops affordable housing overseas and has offices in Timor Leste, Chile, PNG, Rwanda, Peru and India.

In SA, CHL has over 993 properties under management with over 750 properties transferred by Housing Trust late last year for management.

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.

Recently Queensland based Horizon Housing has announced it is integrating with CHL Group bringing their 2400 properties under the Group’s management. From November, an additional 1,400 properties will be managed by CHL in the NSW’s 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 which will take CHL’s total portfolio to over 11,000.

 

For more information contact:

Preeti Daga at 0430 555 241 or Preeti.daga@chl.org.au  www.chl.org.au

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