Re­search­ing for a bet­ter world

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Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - News - Su­sanne Reilly and Tim Mayne

The spoke to the two lo­cal 2015 Churchill Fel­low­ship re­cip­i­ents to find out how they will be mak­ing a dif­fer­ence. COMO’S Felic­ity Hor­rocks’ pro­ject will ex­am­ine pro­grams be­ing suc­cess­fully used in coun­tries to in­crease the sup­ply of af­ford­able hous­ing tar­geted to those fac­ing home­less and hous­ing stress.

Her fel­low­ship was spon­sored by the Depart­ment for Child Pro­tec­tion and Fam­ily Sup­port and will fo­cus on pro­grams that use part­ner­ships be­tween the pri­vate, non-gov­ern­ment and gov­ern­ment sec­tors to de­velop and fund af­ford­able hous­ing pro­grams.

“I will fo­cus on meet­ing and study­ing a range of lead­ers in the hous­ing fields in UK, USA and Canada about their in­no­va­tive ap­proaches to af­ford­able hous­ing with a clear fo­cus on how they turned the great con­ver­sa­tion be­tween part­ners into tan­gi­ble ac­tion on the ground,” she said.

Her fo­cus will be on key suc­cess fac­tors, the tip­ping points to achieve re­sults and what is new on the hori­zon.

“I am de­ter­mined to share my learn­ings with all key stake­hold­ers across Aus­tralia to gain trac­tion to im­ple­ment new ways of en­sur­ing all house­holds have a place to call home,” she said.

Aus­tralia has an af­ford­able hous­ing cri­sis, which was af­fect­ing an in­creas­ing range and num­ber of house­holds, in­clud­ing hard-work­ing fam­i­lies.

“Since 2006 there has been a con­sid­er­able and sus­tained im­pact on low to mod­er­ate in­come earn­ers ac­cess­ing af­ford­able rentals and home own­er­ship,” she said.

“Af­ford­able hous­ing is an is­sue for all Aus­tralians. We have a grow­ing prob­lem with home­less­ness and hous­ing stress. This is not just about wel­fare-de­pen­dent peo­ple with com­plex is­sues. It is af­fect­ing a

www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d439715 broader range of Aus­tralians, in­clud­ing hard-work­ing fam­i­lies, se­niors who are fac­ing re­tire­ment and peo­ple fac­ing sep­a­ra­tion and di­vorce.”

Ms Hor­rocks and South Perth’s Jamie Brady will join more than 4000 fel­lows over the past 50 years who have be­come part of Sir Win­ston Churchill’s liv­ing legacy. Mr Brady is pas­sion­ate about con­tin­u­ing to make Aus­tralian cities and neigh­bour­hoods live­able well into the fu­ture.

He will use the Fel­low­ship to find out more about how Aus­tralians can con­tinue their way of life well into the fu­ture.

“My Fel­low­ship will en­able me to in­ves­ti­gate how cities world­wide man­age their in­dus­trial ar­eas and es­sen­tial in­fra­struc­ture fa­cil­i­ties, such as hous­ing,” he said.

“I will be ex­am­in­ing ar­eas such as waste wa­ter treat­ment plants, rail­ways, power plants and ex­pand­ing residential com­mu­ni­ties in a bid to bring back some novel so­lu­tions we can use over here.”

Mr Brady said re­search in this area was vi­tal, given that de­vel­op­ment of in­dus­try, in­fra­struc­ture and af­ford­able hous­ing was be­com­ing in­creas­ingly scarce, while at­tempt­ing to re­duce emis­sions.

“I will also be look­ing at mech­a­nisms over­seas gov­ern­ments use to pro­tect com­mu­ni­ties from the health and amenity im­pacts of in­dus­try and in­fra­struc­ture,” he said.

Mr Brady’s trip, which will take seven weeks, will see him travel to the UK, Nether­lands, France, Canada, the USA and Sin­ga­pore to un­der­stand how in­dus­trial de­vel­op­ment in­ter­acts with ex­pand­ing residential com­mu­ni­ties.

Pic­ture: Will Rus­sell

Mak­ing a dif­fer­ence: Churchill Fel­low­ship 2015 re­cip­i­ents Felic­ity Hor­rocks and Jamie Brady.

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