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Housing : July 2009
President’s Report protecting the interests am delighted to join HIA as the new national president. First, my thanks go to Bruce Langford-Jones, who has provided HIA with such a clear of members I direction over the past three years and who has been a valuable member of the organisation. Bruce has led HIA and facilitated the delivery of a range of new services to members. Through his leadership the association has been able to develop and secure important initiatives from both the state and federal governments. Initiatives such as the boosted First Home Owners’Grant and recent stimulus measures for housing under the Rudd Government’s nation building plan have been crucial for the residential construction industry’s ongoing viability and growth. Bruce has always been a supportive HIA’s new national president, Jill Lee, is ready for the challenges ahead. She talks to Housing. leader and encouraged members to have their say. This is a role that I want to continue to foster. It is really important to me that every member at HIA, whether they are a small, medium or large business or company, has their say. For those who don’t know me, I have been in the building industry for almost 30 years and a member of HIA for the last 20. My family continues to run a small renovations business in Queensland, and I understand the needs, concerns and fears that keep small builders awake at night. It is this perspective that will very much shape my leadership. We often talk about our members being the best in the business. I want to make sure that the organisation that supports them provides the best service. HIA should be a true democracy. No one member is more important than another. We have some real challenges that need to be tackled. Over the next two 4 years I intend to listen to what members have to say and convey their views when tackling the complex issues of environmental regulation, skill shortages and business regulation. There must be a better and simpler way to train new entrants into the industry. In the current downturn we are losing apprentices and our young tradesmen to other industries. The next generation of tradespeople should be our number one priority. HIA should be a true democracy. No one member is more important than another The other big issue is the six-star debate. The Rudd Government has delayed the introduction of an emissions trading scheme for 12 months, but industry needs more time than this to adjust to the scheme and deal with increased efficiency ratings on new homes. The government needs to provide a clear road map for moving forward, and help industry through this long and difficult process. HIA also needs to be the voice of reason in this debate, and protect the interests of members so that we can continue to have a viable and affordable industry. Thank you for your support and I look forward to serving HIA members and the national board with the same passion and rigour as my predecessor. H Jill Lee HIA National President HOUSING JULY 2009 Photo Id Photographics