Gary’s story

Photo of Gary in his social housing apartment. Man speaking to an interviewer, wearing glasses and a tshirt.

Gary is a volunteer with Communify’s neighbourhood centre in Bardon, helping out at the pantry and with community events.  He has a disability and lives in a large social housing block of units.   “We get the breads and sweets or like through Second Bite and Oz Harvest. The purpose of the pantry is we help […]

Lisa’s story

Lisa telling us her story about rising energy prices

Lisa moved to Australia from New Zealand and has lived in the Logan area for the past 5 years with her young family. She works part time in the HIPPY program and volunteers in the Emergency Relief program with her local Neighbourhood Centre. She has both felt the impact of the rising cost of living […]

Joan’s story

Joan telling her story about rising costs putting pressure on her pension

Joan is a retired chef and grandmother. Her husband passed away suddenly 21 years ago and she was left to raise her children. She is now an avid gardener and lives in a unit in a small social housing complex.  “Well, the price of power is just ridiculous.” Says Joan. She is very worried about […]

Marek and Bozena’s story

Marek and Bozena.

Marek and his mother Bozena live in Ipswich and have a 5.5kW solar system. After installing solar they made the move off gas to all electric appliances.  “Over the last 6 years we have saved over $21,000 excluding our investment and about $16,000 including the investment. I would advise everyone to have solar.   “We have […]

Kara’s story

Kara Cost Of Living

Kara is a great example of the benefits of providing solar energy to renters. Townsville social housing provider Yumba-Meta participated in a program to provide its tenants with solar at no upfront cost to them. Kara is one of the participating tenants and says getting the solar has been a blessing. After moving into an […]

Bailey’s story

Bailey Cost Of Living

Bailey’s family live in public housing on the Sunshine Coast. Their poorly designed home gets incredibly hot in summer due to limited air flow – an environment that is particularly challenging for Bailey who has a disability. “My two children and I have disabilities that mean if we overheat we’ll end up in hospital, so […]