Researching for a better world
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.
Making a difference: Churchill Fellowship 2015 recipients Felicity Horrocks and Jamie Brady.