Alana Kanafa
Manager, Community Housing Futures Program

Alana brings extensive sector experience and leadership to the Community Housing Futures Program with over 11 years of experience in Community Housing. During this time Alana has gained a diverse and comprehensive understanding of the Community Housing greater operating environment. Most recently, she worked for the South Australia Government SA Housing Authority in the Housing Partnerships Team which works directly with all Community Housing Providers in South Australia.

Alana feels fortunate to work in an industry she is deeply passionate about and believes Community Housing Providers are pivotal in the housing system. As the manager of this program, Alana’s priority is ensuring that all Community Housing Providers in Queensland have access to all aspects of this program with a real consideration for all metropolitan, regional and rural areas.

Murray Benton
Sector Capacity Lead, Community Housing Futures Program

Murray has a wealth of experience in the not-for-profit sector with a strong focus on housing and support services in regional and remote areas. He has a record of successfully managing the end-to-end delivery of community support services whilst assuming responsibility for strategy, business case modelling, project delivery, team recruitment and risk management.

Before joining the Community Housing Futures Program, Murray led a Youth Service that specialised in crisis response for a Tier Three organisation in regional Queensland. As the Youth Portfolio Manager, Murray gained essential skills in Crisis Accommodation (CAP), Specialist Housing Services (SHS) and frontline homelessness response. These experiences further amplifying his understanding of the community housing sector and homelessness landscape in Queensland. During this appointment Murray also managed an array of other programs encompassing emergency relief, immediate housing response for families, centre-based case management, primary health and antenatal care, domestic family violence, the first state local housing action plan, and public relations.

As an Aboriginal Barkindji man from Central West NSW, Murray has close ties to the Stolen Generation and lived experience that enables him to understand how the loss of connection to family, identity, land, language and culture continues to underpin much of the grief, trauma, intersectionality, and systemic issues that affect many First Nations people of Australia.

Eloise Telford
Program Officer & Administration

Eloise brings a broad range of diversity and experience in both community engagement and building environment fields. With a background in Community Development, Elle established her career working with communities internationally in northern India and Nepal living in insecure housing such as tents or self-made structures. It was here that Elle conducted a transnational impact assessment while leading students and other professionals through programs and people engagement.

Since returning to Australia, Elle has been working alongside urban designers, planners and landscape architects to bring more local people into the co-design space. She has worked with local Councils and State Government departments across Australia with a focus on South-East Queensland on streetscape and precinct activations, master plans, grant programs and specifically a suburb naming. “My favourite part of any project is working closely with community organisations to build their capacity to positively impact the development of their neighbourhoods”.

It’s with her vast knowledge, passion and ambition we welcome Elle to the Community Housing Futures team where she can further fuel her passion for a society where everyone has the right to social and affordable housing. Elle believes that a diversified, accessible and sustainable housing system will bring about empowerment for all Queenslanders.

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