BHC Announces New CEO – Rebecca Oelkers

BHC is pleased to announce the appointment of Rebecca Oelkers as Chief Executive Officer.

Rebecca has worked with BHC for more than ten years in critical leadership roles, driving significant strategic growth and operational initiatives. Her contributions during that time have been integral to BHC’s position as a leading community housing provider.

Rebecca is committed to enhancing BHC’s role as a leader and innovator in the affordable housing sector, building BHC’s profile and expanding our capacity to do more for the many people who need affordable homes.

Please join us us in congratulating Rebecca on her appointment as CEO.

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$10.5m housing project for downsizing seniors now a reality

The doors have now opened on our innovative $10.5 million affordable housing project in Springwood that has been designed specifically for seniors downsizing from public housing properties in the Logan area.

Minister for Housing and Public Works and Member for Springwood Mick de Brenni officially opened Benson Place on Saturday, a 35-unit complex located on Thornhill Street. Benson Place is named after Colleen Benson in recognition of her contribution to the Springwood community and the Logan East Community Centre over the past 27 years.

Housing solution giving elderly parent-carers certainty

On March 19 the doors we officially opened at our 10-unit complex at Glenalva Tce, Enoggera with Member for Ferny Grove, Hon. Mark Furner.

The development is part of the Queensland Government’s Elderly Parent Carer Innovation Initiative, a program developed to address the shortfall in appropriate accommodation for people living with a disability who reside with elderly parents.

BHC Creating Liveable Communities CEO Stuart Lummis said it was inevitable that parent-carers would reach an age where alternative, independent living solutions were needed for their adult children.

“This development has provided huge relief for these families,” Mr Lummis said.

“The complex contains purpose-built accommodation and necessary support services for adults living with a disability, all in proximity to tenants’ parents,” Mr Lummis said.

“Moving into independent living for the first time can be challenging and, by incorporating elements such as a common room and barbeque area, the Enoggera development provides residents with opportunities to interact and form important social and support networks.”

Rosemary Jackson – whose son Joe was one of the development’s first tenants – said living independently had turned his life around.

“I was very worried about Joe for a long time,” Mrs Jackson said.

“As he grew older and the reality of missing out on the life he wanted hit home, he withdrew and was diagnosed with depression.

“Now his self-esteem has improved greatly and he’s looking after himself like never before. I sleep better at night because I know he is safe here.”

Located adjacent to the Enoggera bus and rail interchange, the affordable housing complex features lift service and secure swipe card access, as well as enhanced entry and access points in accordance with Australian Gold Standard Livable Housing Design Guidelines.

Research Report: Seniors, Public Housing and Downsizing

BHC is thrilled to launch the report from our three-year study into the downsizing decisions of older public housing tenants, and the process of resettlement into their new homes.

We were thrilled to partner with the University of Queensland to design and undertake this study.

Read the the report here



Rebecca Oelkers wins UDIA Qld & Frasers Property Women in Leadership Award 2018

Rebecca Oelkers, BHC’s Deputy CEO and COO, has proudly taken out the UDIA Qld & Frasers Property Women in Leadership Award for Excellence at the 2018 Diversity Awards. Rebecca’s steadfast commitment to resilience and optimism throughout her career has made her a leader of women, not just within her company and amongst her colleagues, but throughout the Queensland development industry.

Congratulations Rebecca!

Construction kicks off on affordable city living for seniors

Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk turned the first sod on an innovative $21 million development in Sherwood that will allow Brisbane seniors to enter into retirement living at far below market rates.

In developing the four-storey complex, Affordable housing provider BHC is breaking from traditional seniors living models by giving seniors the option to balance an initial buy-in with ongoing weekly payments.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said that in recent years, Brisbane had been falling short of new purpose-built aged care and retirement living, pricing many residents out of their own suburbs and dedicated aged care accommodation.

“Brisbane City Council is introducing incentives for new aged care and retirement living projects to increase the viability of these projects and make accommodation more affordable and available for Brisbane seniors,” Cr Quirk said.

BHC CEO Stuart Lummis said the Arbor Sherwood development would allow seniors in a range of lifestyle and financial situations to afford previously out-of-reach homes near the city.

“The choice to enter retirement living is a positive life-changing, highly personal decision and there’s no one-size-fits-all solution,” Mr Lummis said.

“While some people would like to manage their costs by paying more of the cost upfront and enjoy a lower ongoing costs, others prefer a higher weekly fee and lower entry payment.

“Arbor Sherwood gives seniors the flexibility to balance these decisions to suit their retirement plans.

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2018 PowerHousing Australia National Awards Wins!

We’d like to congratulate two dedicated and well deserved members of the BHC team, Amy Maynard and Calvin Garrett, for their wins at the 2018 PowerHousing Australia National Awards!

Amy was recognised for her exemplary contribution to the affordable housing sector, winning the award for Outstanding Achievement. Whilst Calvin’s Rising Star Award win, exemplifies what we want in young people entering the affordable housing industry.

Congratulations to you both!

Innovative Digital Seniors Project wins State UDIA award

A giant 3-D art project that allows seniors to plan social outings with the click of button has won a coveted 2017 UDIA Queensland Mitchell Brandtman Award for Excellence.

Social Buttons was created for Caggara House, an award-winning apartment complex for over 55s, developed by BHC Creating Liveable Communities (previously Brisbane Housing Company) in partnership with the Queensland Department of Housing and Public Works.

The colourful project, installed in the lobby of the Mt Gravatt apartment development, features three over-sized digital buttons that light up with scrolling text when pushed, allowing residents to select from a range of social events and choose ‘where’ and ‘when’ using the buttons.

The most popular choice becomes that month’s outing and the details are automatically texted to residents’ phones.

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Groundbreaking Lutwyche housing project wins coveted UDIA award

An innovative affordable housing development that was built above the Northern Busway tunnel has won a coveted 2017 UDIA Queensland Mitchell Brandtman Award for Excellence.

The striking three-story Spectrum development, unveiled in July, is the product of a unique partnership between leading affordable housing provider BHC Creating Liveable Communities and respected not-for-profits Communify and MS Queensland.

Spectrum features 60 units which accommodate a range of tenants including: people with disabilities, low income earners and private and commercial renters.

The brainchild of BHC, the Lutwyche Road development won the UDIA affordable housing category, the judges praising the project’s engineering complexity, cost-effective mixed-tenure model, and strong architectural presence.

The Spectrum development is now in the running for the 2018 UDIA National Awards for Excellence.

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BHC Announces New CEO

BHC is pleased to announce the appointment of our new CEO, Mr Stuart Lummis. Mr Lummis will take over from CEO David Cant, who has led BHC since its inception in 2002.

Stuart Lummis was previously Director of Building, Planning Facilities and Property with the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Brisbane and is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.

BHC Independent Chair Eloise Atkinson said Mr Lummis was an exceptional leader, who’s strong combination of not-for-profit and commercial sector knowledge would provide fresh vision for the company.