CEHL Managing Director Liz Thomas, recently presented to a passionate group of Geelong community members and organisations at the “Real Deal Geelong Community Action Forum about Housing”. She spoke on the real opportunity that rental housing co-operatives can play in a diverse housing market.

A “Real Deal for Geelong” brings together organisations from the union movement, faith communities and community groups to work¬†towards creating a fairer future as we face the challenges of climate transition. It was great to see CEHL co-op members in the room demonstrating their co-operative community spirit to plan for the future.

Thank you to all presenters and attendees who made for an engaging evening:

  • The Hon. member for Lara, Ella George
  • The Hon. member for Geelong Christine Couzens
  • City of Greater Geelong Deputy Mayor Anthony Aitken
  • Dr Sarah Mansfield, Member for Western Victoria
  • Emilie Flynn of Geelong Sustainability
  • Lucy Dodemaide of the Barwon Local Area Services Network (BLASN)
  • Julie Saylor Briggs and Phil King of Wathaurong Aboriginal Co-operative
  • Kristi Watts of Wadawurrung Traditional Owners Aboriginal Corporation
  • Esther Koning-Oakes of Norlane Community Centre
  • Mark Dean of Australian Manufacturing Workers’ Union
  • Damien Crough of prefabAUS


Real Deal Geelong Community Action Forum about Housing attendees