NSWALC Housing Ltd

In 2019 New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council (NSWALC) established a new subsidiary entity, NSWALC Housing Ltd (NHL), to deliver significant improvements in housing outcomes for Aboriginal people in NSW.

NHL's goal is to:

  • Increase the amount and quality of housing available to Aboriginal people in NSW
  • Design and develop culturally appropriate housing 
  • Improve housing outcomes for Aboriginal people in terms of affordability and stability
  • Deliver culturally sensitive services that contribute to better overall life outcomes
  • Drive employment and career paths for Aboriginal people across a range of professions and trades
  • Create commercial opportunities for Aboriginal businesses providing housing and asset services

Working with the Land Council Network to leverage the diverse strengths of Aboriginal communities and cultures, NHL's ambitious growth agenda includes five (5) focus areas:

  • Organisational Growth:  Growing through collaboration with Aboriginal-controlled, government and industry organisation partners so as to operate at a suitable scale to deliver housing across NSW.
  • Housing Service Excellence: Aiming to be an Aboriginal Community Housing Provider of choice by working, networking and engaging with local communities and Aboriginal-controlled organisations and holding themselves accountable to agreements they enter into.
  • Engaging Aboriginal Communities: NHL is investing in local Aboriginal communities, implementing ways of working that support Aboriginal people’s involvement in NHL and pursuing business partnerships with Aboriginal owned and managed businesses.
  • Social Return On Investment: NHL measures their impact more broadly than counting numbers of people they help to house and how they balance their budget. They invest in and collect evidence of how their services contribute to better life outcomes in terms of health, wellbeing, education, employment, justice, safety, land and waters, and languages.
  • Building Capacity: NHL is building a network of systems that support their operations. From information and communication technology to risk management. From procurement to financial management. NHL is working to develop an organisational culture that embeds their values, so as to attract and retain outstanding Board and staff members to form a remarkable, unified team.

NSWALC Housing Ltd

In 2019 New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council (NSWALC) established a new subsidiary entity, NSWALC Housing Ltd (NHL), to deliver significant improvements in housing outcomes for Aboriginal people in NSW.

NHL aims to increase the housing available to Aboriginal people, expand the delivery of culturally sensitive services, and create opportunities for Aboriginal people to participate in the service delivery, management and governance of social and affordable housing in NSW. Working with the Land Council Network to leverage the diverse strengths of Aboriginal communities and cultures, NHL's ambitious growth agenda includes a target of managing up to 6,000 properties by 2028. 

Board of Directors

NSWALC Housing Ltd’s Board of Directors is appointed by NSWALC Council. The current Board of Directors commenced on 3 February 2020.

Michelle Craig (Chair)has resided on the Central Coast for over 40 years and her family extend from the Worimi and Yuin Nations.
Michelle has over 20 years’ experience working with Aboriginal organisations and communities across the government and non-government sectors. As a prior Chair of the NSW Aboriginal Housing Office, Michelle led the re-instalment of an all Aboriginal Board to guide the strategic policy decision making of the agency and was key in ensuring ongoing autonomy during a number of public service restructures. Michelle has extensive experience in the Aboriginal housing sector and has an interest in the economic advancement of Aboriginal people and communities.
In addition to leading the AHO as Chair, Michelle is a member of Darkinjung Local Aboriginal Land Council, former Board Member of the NSW Aboriginal Housing Office, previous Member of the Panel of Experts NSW Going Home Staying Home Homelessness Service System Reform and has held various senior roles in housing, advocacy and policy.
In NSW there remains an ongoing demand for housing products and services that provide choice and opportunity for Aboriginal people and families, this is what has led Michelle to accept the position of Chair. With an ongoing interest to ensure that all Aboriginal people are able to choose the type of housing that suits their needs and acknowledging the opportunity provided by suitable land that may meet the housing needs of Aboriginal people now and into the future, Michelle is excited to lead the establishment of the new Housing Company Board.

Matt Clarke (Deputy Chair) is a proud Ngunnawal man from the Far South Coast of NSW.
Matt is currently the Deputy CEO of NESA (National Employment Services Association / NESA Solutions) and has over 23 years of combined experience in both employment services and Aboriginal Health.
Since 2013 Matt has led several national projects working across remote Aboriginal Communities in areas of employment services, capacity building, mental health and remote school attendance.
Matt is passionate about creating and advocating for opportunities for his people which has seen his projects supporting over 180 Aboriginal Communities nationally as well as the establishment of a national Aboriginal training and consulting team. 

Mike Allen is a long-time NSW resident having lived most of his life on the Northern Beaches of Sydney. He now lives in outer Western Sydney on the land of the Darug people.
Mike is the former longstanding Chief Executive of Housing NSW, now part of the Department of Community Services and Justice. He has accrued more than 40 years’ experience in social and affordable housing management and asset services, homelessness services, and community and Aboriginal housing.
He was awarded the Public Service Medal in 2011 in recognition of his outstanding and meritorious services to the community and for his strong commitment to the values and principles of social housing.
Mike has been a Director on not-for-profit boards since 1989. He is currently a Director of Aboriginal Hostels Ltd, including Chair of the Asset Management Committee. He is also a Director and Deputy Chair of Afford (Australian Foundation for Disability) a major disability services provider.

Michael Gannon is an experienced Financial Services professional with over 30 years’ experience in Bank and Non-Bank Financial Institutions.
Michael is currently the Head of Real Estate, Industry Analytics and Insights for Westpac Institutional Bank and has worked for Westpac for the past 11 years. Prior to joining Westpac Michael held the role General Manager Corporate Services overseeing the business disciplines of Finance, IT and Risk for a Non-Bank Financial Institution.
Michael has a strong leadership background across a broad range of business disciplines and a personal and professional interest in social and affordable housing.

Duane Keighran was born and raised on Gumbaynggirr land in Coffs Harbour, NSW, and his family comes from the Gomeroi nation of the Namoi region of NSW.
Duane has been a property lawyer for almost 20 years and has provided advice to social and affordable housing providers in NSW as well as to developers who produce social and affordable housing.
He is currently a Partner and the Deputy Head of the Property & Development team at national law firm Colin Biggers & Paisley, which specialises in the property and development industry as one of its core areas of expertise.
Duane also has international best practice experience, having previously worked overseas on some of the world’s largest property developments and transactions by size and value, as a Partner of one of the world’s biggest international law firms. 

Barry Mann is an independent non-executive director with over 35 years’ experience in the property, investment, housing and construction sectors.  Barry was raised in regional NSW and has travelled extensively through regional and remote Australia. He has a strong interest in affordable, well designed and fit for purpose housing.
Barry was most recently the Chief Executive of the NSW Government urban renewal agency, UrbanGrowth Development Corporation.  He has previously held senior roles at listed developers Stockland and Lendlease and in local government.
Barry served as a Director and Vice President of the Urban Development Institute of Australia, NSW for seven years and currently Chairs the organisation’s Building Regulation Advisory Panel.
Barry brings to the Board a wealth of experience in housing development and management in both regional and metropolitan NSW as well as a strong understanding of the listed and private development sector and State and Local Government.  

Renee Thomson is a proud Wiradjuri woman from Mt Druitt, with cultural and ancestral ties to Erambie, Cowra, the Riverina Region of Central NSW.
Renee has been involved in the Land Rights network since she was born, with strong family connections to NSWALC and direct involvement with the development of the Land Council.
She is the elected Deputy Chair of Deerubbin Local Aboriginal Land Council, the Sydney-Newcastle Region representative on the NSWALC Youth Council and founder of the Western Sydney Aboriginal Youth Leadership Network.
Renee is devoted to working hand in hand with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to ensure current and future generations have limitless opportunities in all aspects of life, to create positive social change for our people.