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Housing Plus announce new CEO

Housing Plus announce new CEO

The board of Housing Plus has appointed Justin Cantelo to the position of Chief Executive Officer (CEO).  

Justin has a demonstrated commitment to Housing Plus, having commenced with the organisation in April 2015 as a Business Development and Innovation Manager, before moving into the role of Director of Strategy and Business Development and most recently, holding the position of Director of Development. 

Justin is a dynamic and authentic leader with over 17 years-experience in senior management and executive roles. Throughout his career and time at Housing Plus, he has built strong strategic partnerships, working within the regional community services and community housing sectors to deliver common strategic outcomes, including large-scale affordable housing and community services contracts for the region. 

Brad Cam, Chair for Housing Plus, says, “Since joining Housing Plus, Justin has been a high-achieving member of the team, leading significant and sustainable growth for the business, winning several large government contracts and building key strategic relationships, which has led to a three-fold increase in gross revenue, four-fold increase in staff, and establishing new income streams. 

“We are excited for the next chapter and the positive impact his leadership and expertise will bring to Housing Plus.” 

Of his appointment, Justin Cantelo says, “It’s a great privilege to undertake the CEO position for Housing Plus.  I’m excited about the new role and the huge opportunities currently presenting in the not-for-profit space. I feel a deep sense of responsibility to our customers, partners and community, and the important work that we do to improve people’s lives through independence and choice. 

Update from Housing Plus December 2022

Update from Housing Plus December 2022

Wishing every one of our customers an enjoyable and peaceful Christmas. As the year ends, I am pleased to note that we have continued to deliver more affordable new homes across the region. We have also been selected to deliver an expanded range of community services, including an employment and training program, Opportunity Pathways as well as Staying Home Leaving Violence program in Bathurst, Mudgee, and Lithgow.

You’ll find details of some of the highlights during the year in this newsletter as well as details of how to contact us if you need to do so during the holiday period.

Christmas Update – Housing Plus

Christmas Update – Housing Plus

Applications for our 2023 Cadetship Program are now open

Housing Plus is excited to announce the 2023 Cadetship Program with thanks to funding from the NSW Government and Community Housing Industry Association (CHIA) NSW.

This exciting program provides an opportunity for one of our tenants to commence as a cadet by undertaking paid employment with Housing Plus for 12 months in our tenancy team and study the CHC42221 Certificate IV in Housing.

Cadetship Overview

  • Develop frontline skills in application/allocation, tenancy and property management within the workplace and through formal training for 12 months.
  • Learn about the community housing sector and organisations that help people find a home and stable housing.
  • Obtain a qualification by undertaking training in the CHC42221 Certificate IV in Housing.
  • Earn an income as you go.

To be eligible for the cadetship program you must be a Housing Plus or social housing tenant and ideally in a position to be based in our Orange office.

Applications close at 5pm on Friday 28 October.

Click here for the Cadetship Application Form

Click here for the Cadetship Information Pack

Click here for the Cadetship Fact Sheet

Last chance to get tickets – Cocktail event to support women and children escaping domestic and family violence

On Friday the 23rd of September 2022 Housing Plus will be hosting their inaugural event Cocktails at the Keystone.

“We are very excited to be hosting this event, and we have a lot planned to entertain our guests and we are delighted to announce that McDowells Herbal and One Agency Bestwick Real Estate are Diamond Sponsors of our event.” said Rochelle Monaghan, Fundraising and Engagement Coordinator, Housing Plus.

 “We know that everyone is busy at this time of year, however we hope that the Bathurst community support this event and book their tickets this week, it is going to be a fun night, and it is a great cause. Women that are affected by domestic and family violence deserve to have somewhere safe to start their journey to recovery, that is why we are building The Orchard Bathurst.”

“I really wanted to support Housing Plus through this fund-raising event because there is lack of public resources in this kind of service locally. Programs that empower people and improve the lives of women and children are vital if we are to have a healthy, self-reliant, and resilient Bathurst community.  My business, McDowells Herbal, was founded on the ideas of empowering the individual to participate fully in life. I see Housing Plus as aligning perfectly with these foundation values -I am proud to be partner in such a worthwhile community project.” said Catherine Cox, Director McDowell ‘s Herbal.

“Seeing first-hand the rental shortage and the need for more crisis accommodation, Housing Plus’s project aligns with our company’s core objective of making a positive difference within the wider community & to assist people in need.” Said Mitchell Bestwick, Owner and Licensee One Agency Bestwick Real Estate.

The event will start at 6pm and we are looking forward to hearing from our MC for the evening the amazing Jane Caro.  Jane Caro AM is a Walkley Award-winning Australian columnist, author, novelist, broadcaster, documentary maker, feminist and social commentator.

Guests will enjoy complimentary drinks on arrival and canapes throughout the evening.

Thanks to the generosity of local businesses, we will have raffles to raise additional funds on the night.

The money raised from this event will go towards furnishing the five self-contained units and communal areas of The Orchard Bathurst, crisis accommodation that is currently being built by Housing Plus for women and children escaping domestic and family violence.

Tickets are available from

Ticket sales close Monday 19th September.

Date: 23 September 2022

Venue: The Keystone, Keppel Street Bathurst

Time: 6pm til late

Dress: Cocktail attire, suit and tie

Customer Newsletter – Autumn 2022

Welcome to our Autumn Newsletter for 2022.

In this newsletter find out about some of the key projects our team delivered this year as well as information on smoke detector and electrical testing in your home.