Social Habitat Housing (SHH) is a registered Not for Profit endeavouring to bring some relief to the affordable housing problem in our region.
We are a not for profit social enterprise set up to develop in partnership with local landowners and organisations affordable and equitable housing that is high-quality, ecologically, socially and financially sustainable.
SHH believes there are simple, affordable, sustainable housing options already available. The current development and compliance process streamlines either standard urban subdivision or strata units. There is room to move between these two extremes. The growth of home occupier interest in tiny homes, rural land sharing, van life, container conversions and many other less conventional options shows there is a movement in this direction.
MALCOLM PRICE – Company Chairman
A resident of the Byron Shire for over twenty years, Malcolm trained as an architect and has twenty five years of experience as a designer and coordinator of complex multi-stakeholder community projects and multi-discipline building development teams.
With previous roles at the Queensland Department of Housing and local architects focused on sustainable design, Malcolm is the joint founder of Creative Mullumbimby, Co-Founder of the Byron Shire Big Picture Show Sustainable Forum and Co-Founder of Social Habitat Housing. He lives on a multiple occupancy community.
ROBERT ROSEN – Company Secretary
A resident of the Byron Shire for over twenty years, Robert is a residential property investor and educator. Robert played a pioneering role in development of the socially responsible investment industry in Australia and is an experienced Director. He previously served on the boards of the Nature Conservation Trust of NSW, Bush Heritage Australia and Australian Ethical Investment Ltd and is currently Director of Enova Community Energy, Pingala Co-op and Vice President of the Permaculture College of Australia. He has qualifications in accounting, commercial law, personal investment planning & management and real estate practice.
MICHAEL DOWLING – Member of Board
Michael has over 30 years of diverse international real estate funds management, finance, investment and development experience.
Living and working between Australia and Asia, Michael has skills in development, finance, funds management and corporate governance, valuation and risk management for property investment.
MICHAEL MURRAY – Member of Board
Michael has been a Byron Shire resident for over thirty years. He is the principal of Byron Property Search and has been at the coalface dealing with the stresses and demands of the local real estate market for over fifteen years. Prior to 2000, Michael was a professional TV producer and in 1999, filmed a TV series on successful eco-villages throughout Europe.
Michael has a long-term interest and commitment to alternative housing concepts including multiple occupancy, community title, eco-village design and Creative Industry Hub development. He has been directly involved with the establishment and management of three different multiple occupancy communities including Mevlana, his current home.
KELLY REIFFER – Advisor
A resident of the Byron Shire for four years, Kelly is a strategist, curator and mother with an interest in the intersection of business, environment and art.
A digital nomad for twenty years, Kelly has lived between Australia and Europe, held management roles at Sony and News Corp, investment banking roles at UBS and is interested in resilience, sustainability, collaboration, ecosystem innovation, blockchain and alternative housing. She has moved over ten times in two years.