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PRESS RELEASE: Wintringham awarded United Nations’ ‘Habitat Scroll of Honour’ for work with Victoria’s elderly

Press release

Wintringham CEO Bryan Lipmann AM said: “It is wonderful to see our efforts recognised through such a prestigious award. Wintringham believes every Australian deserves access to safe and decent housing throughout their lives. We work hard to make sure we create sustainable communities for our elderly residents in quality facilities that have limited environmental impact and will serve the residents until the end of their lives.”

Part of the World Habitat Day global celebrations, the Habitat Scroll of Honour is an international award for outstanding contributions towards human settlements development by individuals, organisations and successful projects. Launched in 1989, it is currently the most prestigious human settlements award in the world.

This is the first time the award has been won by an Australian organisation. Other recipients this year are Cuba’s CIDEM, The National Security Council of Malaysia, Shack Dwellers’ Federation of Namibia, Yakutsk City Administration in Russia and the Austin Energy Green Building in USA.

Mr Lipmann will receive the award during the Global Observance of World Habitat Day, 3 October 2011, in the city of Aguascalientes in Mexico.

In her notification of the award to Wintringham Jane Nyakairu, World Habitat Day Coordinator, indicated that out of many candidates, Wintringham was chosen unanimously for the award.

“Many commendable candidates were considered for this award. It was our unanimous opinion that this organisation should receive the award for helping provide accommodation for elderly people in need every night.”

For more information on World Habitat Day and the Global Observance in Aguascalientes visit: www.unhabitat.org/whd

Insync Surveys, specialists in stakeholder surveys backed by consulting, also recently acknowledged Wintringham as the highest performing Australian organisation in the Insync Surveys Employee Opinion Survey database.

Insync Surveys CEO James Garriock said: “My warmest congratulations go to Wintringham for this outstanding recognition from United Nations and for their humanitarian achievements. I have witnessed an incredibly positive mind-set among Wintringham’s staff within a challenging work environment and this award is further a testament to management and their ability to infect staff with the same enthusiasm.”

Media enquiries:
Bryan Lipmann AM, Wintringham CEO bryan@wintringham.org.au
Libby Muir, Latitude Media 0413 834 979

About Wintringham

Wintringham is Australia’s largest specialist aged care service for older people who are homeless. The organisation manages over 650 units of accommodation in Victoria, both supported aged care residential and housing, as well as more than 450 community aged care packages.

For more information on Wintringham visit www.wintringham.org.au

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