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Business Focus May 2016

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Westate Finance......................................................................Kiera Christopoulos

Sumosalad......................................................................................Daniel Macnish

Paradigm Cleaning & Professional Services Pty Ltd. ........................ Leesa James

O’Connell’s Training and Safety Consultancy. .......... Vincent & Anna O’Connell

Prima Consulting Pty Ltd..................................................Robert & Karen Riegert

Platinum Electricians South West....................................................... Jason Fisher

Russell Hall’s Bunbury Auto Group................................................... Paul Richter

New Chamber Members

Affordable Housing Access

Member

Profile

Housing Affordability is a key community

concern but one not-for-profit organisation

operating in Bunbury and the wider South

West was highlighted as a good example of

how to tackle affordable housing challenges

at the recent Critical Horizons – Housing the

South West in the 21

st

Century conference held

at Bunbury Regional Entertainment Centre.

Access Housing is a Chamber Member and

provides a variety of affordable dwellings

across the South West region including

houses, units and a 37-room lodging house for

singles in the Bunbury CBD in addition to its

portfolio in Perth and the Peel region.

Access Housing’s South West Tenancy

Services Manager Matina Aitken, pictured

above, was excited to attend the Housing

conference held by the South West

Development Commission (SWDC) on April

1, which drew approximately 250 attendees.

Matina was particularly impressed with

the idea raised by conference speaker Dale

Alcock from Dale Alcock Homes that we

need affordably-built houses for affordable

housing; so we need to consider various

options and materials outside the traditional

double brick and tile home.

She said several mentions of Access

Housing’s activities within the South West

during keynote addresses at the conference

were welcome and showcased the Access

Housing’s commitment to providing

affordable housing in the region.

“As one of Western Australia’s leading

providers of affordable housing, Access

Housing is committed to growing the

supply of affordable housing in the South

West region and providing tenants with the

highest quality service,” Ms Aitken said.

“Access Housing currently has in excess of

200 residential leases under management

in the South West, housing more than 280

people. The company has also completed

four affordable housing developments in

the South West since 2013, yielding more

than 60 new affordable housing dwellings

to the region.

“Access Housing proudly works with

local South West businesses to not only

develop new affordable housing dwellings,

but also to maintain our properties for our

tenants and to support the local business

community.

“We encourage local businesses, property

developers and other service providers

within the Bunbury Chamber of Commerce

and Industries to contact us if they wish

to form a partnership with us and work

towards growing the affordable housing

sector further in the South West.”

Access Housing has a strong on-going

partnership with SWDC. This partnership

will soon see construction commence at

sites in Boyanup and Dardanup that will

provide new housing for local seniors.

The need for specialist over-55s

accommodation is growing, particularly in

regional areas, as the population ages and

people prefer to live independently and

within their local communities for as long

as possible.

“Projects such as our Boyanup and

Dardanup seniors housing developments

will allow for local seniors to remain

in their communities and continue to

enjoy their existing social, health and

other support networks whilst living in

accommodation better suited to their

needs,” Ms Aitken said.

Australind-based Kiera Christopoulos

is a Finance and Mortgage Broker

under Westate Finance and she operates

both locally and in her home State of

Queensland.

Kiera has worked in the finance

industry for six years. She relocated

from Queensland in 2014 and has been

operating with Westate Finance for the

past year.

Based at a residential address, Kiera

offers a mobile service travelling to

meet clients, which she says makes it

easier and more flexible for them.

She provides expertise in: Home loans,

investment loans, refinancing, business

and personal lending, vehicle and

equipment loans, commerical lending

and insurance.

“I am passionate about my business and

helping people,” Kiera said.

“I offer a flexible mobile service to

fit in with client’s busy schedules and

lifestyles.

“Recently I have added more lenders

to my panel to offer more variety for

clients, along with business lending

solutions for self employed clients.

Kiera has joined the Chamber to meet

new people and be more involved in the

community and what is happening in

Bunbury and surrounding areas.

Kiera Christopoulos is a credit representative

(CR No. 478234) of BLSSA Pty Ltd ACN

117 651 760 (Australian Credit Licence No.

391237).

Kiera Christopoulos

- Westate Finance