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Affordable Housing Reference Group

Affordable Housing Reference Group provides timely advice to Council about affordable and appropriate housing in the municipality. It is the principal consultative body advising Council about its housing agenda.

The Group has an interest in exploring innovative housing approaches and engagement; and considers the diverse housing experiences of tenants, home owners, potential home owners and those with very insecure housing.


The Group advises Council about:

  • policy, research and priorities relating to municipal housing matters
  • housing advocacy priorities
  • implementation of the Merri-bek Affordable Housing Strategy and other ongoing policy work
  • community involvement and networks to promote participation around housing issues
  • views and interests of the Merri-bek community and housing agencies for the attention of Council and officers
  • Council’s future role in affordable and appropriate housing, and
  • event planning for topical housing issues.


  • Sananaz Ahmed

  • Ande Bunbury

  • Tony Clarke

  • Felicity Dennis

  • Cr Monica Harte

  • Amelia Addamo Hogan

  • Jeanette Large

  • Kate McGettigan

  • Ben Neil

  • Cr Angelica Panopoulos

  • P. Joy Villalino

The Reference Group is convened by the Principal Advisor Social and Affordable Housing.


This committee meets 4 to 5 times a year at the Merri-bek Civic Centre.

Terms of reference

Merri-bek Affordable Housing Reference Group ToR March 2024 (PDF 60Kb)