The Housing Industry Association has elected a new national president, as the era of change deepens and the industry contemplates a the range of challenges and opportunities ahead.
Simon Norris is the newly elected national president of the HIA.
Mr Norris has served as the HIA’s national vice-president for the past two years, and replaces outgoing national president Pino Monaco.
In his first formal address at HIA’s National Conference in Perth, Mr Norris praised Mr Monaco for his “commitment, energy and outstanding contribution to the National Board and to the HIA membership more generally”.
“I am delighted to say that Mr Monaco’s contribution to our great association will continue through his position on HIA’s National Board as immediate past president,” Mr Norris said.
“His knowledge and experience will serve the board well as we approach the challenges and opportunities ahead.
“The residential building industry generates over $130 billion dollars in economic activity, employs over one million workers and provides opportunities for rewarding, lifelong careers in an industry that boasts a ‘salt of the earth DNA’. The industry’s contribution is much greater if related activities such as landscaping, hard and soft furnishings, domestic appliances and home technologies are included.”
Mr Norris said he is keen to get started.
“I look forward to working with the HIA’s members to achieve improvements across key areas such as planning schemes, red tape, finance and housing affordability,” Mr Norris said.
HIA managing director Graham Wolfe said Mr Norris’ contribution has been substantial.
“Simon’s involvement with the HIA has spanned over 20 years, in various roles including as Queensland executive committee member, Queensland vice-president and president, National Service Committee chair and as national director for the past eight years,” he said.