Australasian Housing Institute

Housing Buzz. NSW Branch Member Networking Event

Housing Buzz is a series of fun debates with industry experts on key issues in housing policy.

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The AHI NSW Branch would like to invite you to a networking event for members and friends. Housing Buzz  is a series of fun debates with industry experts on key issues in housing policy.

The topic of the third event of the series is Are Tiny Homes an answer to the affordability challenge?

Come along to hear a rant, have a glass of wine and participate in the debate with colleagues from across the housing sector at our last NSW event of the year.


  • Rachel Louttit, Peer2Peer Learning
  • DouglasMelloh, Stanton Dahl Architects
  • Giovanni Cirillo, PlanningLab

Date: Tuesday, 21 November
Time: from 5:30 pm
Venue: Two Wolves – on the corner of City Road, opposite Broadway shopping centre 
Price: $20
Inclusions: Price includes a welcome drink. Bar will be open and there is a restaurant for people to buy snacks.

Past events

Sydney, Wednesday 5 April 2017

The topic of the second event of the series was “Young Housing Professionals Assemble! My Five Minute Housing Manifesto”. 

Event panelist:

  • Sasha Cochrane | SGCH 
  • Trina Geasley | City of Sydney
  • Laurence Troy | University of NSW

Our second Housing Buzz event took place on Wednesday 5 April 2017 at the Hive Bar in Erskineville. Housing Buzz events have been created to provide sector professionals a fun, informative and informal opportunity to come together and discuss topical housing issues. 
Three young leaders presented their housing manifestos to a packed room of housing professionals from across the sector. Our panel covered all things youth, from the challenges being faced by young people in accessing housing, to experiences of young people working in the sector. 
Dr Laurence Troy, Research Fellow for the City Futures Research Centre, opened the event by urging young people in the audience to sit up and take notice of the biggest issues in our current housing system, namely, lack of social contribution from housing developers, mum and dad investors driving up prices, our construction fuelled economy, and the failure of our politicians to take any real action. Laurence’s extensive research and knowledge in this area provided a valuable contribution to the debate in a mostly operational audience, and left us with the question, why aren’t more young people angry?! 
Trina Geasley, Manager of the City of Sydney Homelessness Unit, followed Laurence’s manifesto with her message of hope. Trina started by asking the audience to identify what home meant to them, and why it was so important. Reflecting on her extensive experience working with homeless youth on the streets of Sydney, Trina argued that the solution to youth homelessness is not out of reach,  and how working collaboratively and using co-production techniques can address the problem before young people become entrenched in the homelessness cycle. Her overall message was to work for revolutionary change rather than patch work solutions to the problem.
Sasha Cochrane, Project Coordinator for Business Opportunities at SGCH, shared her own personal experiences of homelessness as a young person, and how these experiences have impacted her career and driven her desire to contribute to real changes in the sector. She also spoke about how her involvement in an international young leaders program has further inspired her, and why now is the time for young leaders to rise up and take action for change.
The night was impassioned, engaging and thought provoking, and on the back of this event the AHI will be looking at further opportunities to empower young people in the sector to become engaged in addressing contemporary housing issues and challenges and driving systemic change.
AHI would welcome ideas from any members about what topics they may like to see discussed at a future Housing Buzz events. Watch this space for further events in this highly popular series!

Christina Hough I Tenancy Services Manager | City West Housing Pty Ltd

Sydney on Thursday, 27th October

The first event of the series was held in Sydney on Thursday, 27th October. During the event the panel members were asked to respond to the question: Will increased housing supply address the affordability crisis?

Event speakers included: 

  • Barb McKenna | General Manager | SGCH
  • Dr. Dallas Rogers | University of Western Sydney
  • Emile Ferrer | Sphere Consulting