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How can we make housing more affordable?

April 14, 2022 at 5:30pm - 7pm
Denman Village Community Centre
5 Felstead Vis
Denman Prospect, ACT 2611
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Housing Affordability

Community Forum

Free event - in person + livestream

Australia faces a crisis of housing affordability that has been decades in the making. 

Canberra is the most expensive city in Australia to rent, while house prices have risen by more than 28 per cent in 12 months. 

Housing affordability is too big and too pressing an issue to keep ignoring, we need action led at the federal level to start making inroads into this crisis.

We invite you to come along and listen to this panel of experts share their insight and experience. You’ll also have the chance to ask them questions and voice your concerns. 

Community-endorsed independent candidate David Pocock will be there listening to what both the community and the experts have to say, and to discuss what you need him working to achieve for the ACT if elected to the federal senate.


Dr Emma Campbell

Dr Emma Campbell, CEO ACTCOSS

Dr Emma Campbell joined the ACT Council of Social Service as Chief Executive Officer in January 2020. Dr Campbell has diverse work experience ranging across academia, the community sector, international crisis responses, business and government sectors. Dr Campbell is a former CEO of the Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA), Australia’s peak representative body advocating on behalf of Australians from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. She has a strong commitment to social justice and the community sector. In 2019, Dr Campbell received the Humanitarian Overseas Service Medal under the Australian honours system for humanitarian service in West Africa during the Ebola crisis.

Maria Edwards

Maria Edwards, Business Development and Property Manager, HomeGround Real Estate

Maria commenced her career in Real Estate in 2006 in property management progressing through the ranks to Business Development Manager & Sales Agent and now manages HomeGround Real Estate Canberra a not- for -profit licensed Agency that implements Affordable Housing initiatives along with traditional full market property management services. As a BDM she won multiple industry awards both locally and nationally including Business Development Manager of the Year for her previous  corporate network 6 years in a row. Maria holds a Diploma in Leadership and Management, a Cert IV in property services and is a licensed agent in both the ACT & NSW. Maria is passionate about providing secure homes for vulnerable members of society whilst recognising the economic and legislative pressures faced by Landlords, Agencies and Government to maintain a supply of affordable housing and hopes to further the cause of all parties. Maria is also Director on the Board of the Real Estate Institute of Australia.

Read more about HomeGround's affordable housing initiative.

Glenn Keys

Mr Glenn Keys AO

Glenn Keys is the co-founder and Managing Director of Canberra-based Aspen Medical, one of the world’s leading providers of outsourced healthcare solutions. Prior to building and leading businesses in the private sector, Glenn had a distinguished career in the Australian Defence Force (ADF). His service saw him undertake a range of tasks from training to test flying and engineering to logistics support for Army aircraft.

Glenn is a graduate of the University of New South Wales and the International Test Pilots School in the UK. He is a member of the Australian Institute of Project Management, the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a Fellow of Engineers Australia. Glenn is an advocate of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and was appointed to the Board of the National Disability Insurance Agency (NDIA) the independent statutory agency whose role is to implement the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

Glenn’s achievements were acknowledged when he won ACT Australian of the Year 2015 and was appointed Chair Canberra Business Council in 2015.

Glenn’s son, Ehren who has Down Syndrome, drives his passion for the Disability Community not only in the ACT but throughout Australia where Glenn strives to make a difference in the lives of people living with an intellectual disability.

Read more about Project Independence a social housing development for people with an intellectual disability that represents a new model of home ownership.

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