Who We Are

Our History

Who We Are

Our History

The partnerships we’ve formed over the years have been instrumental in getting us to where we are today.

1973
Establishment of Yumba-Meta Housing Association Limited 2 staff members.

1974
Purchase of the first 8 homes.

1975
Increased housing stock to 33 between 1975 to 1995.

1996
Completed construction of 5×1 bedroom senior units in Garbutt.

1997
Increased housing stock from 33 to 45 properties.

2000
Completed first Management Manual funded under Department of Housing Best Practice Program.

2001
Purchased 6 acres of land at Innes Estate Deeragun to develop an Elders Village.

2004
Yumba-Meta Housing Association to be the first Indigenous Housing organisation in Australia to be fully accredited under the Queensland Community Housing Standards and Accreditation Council.

2005
Entered into formal partnership with Australian Red Cross to manage the Homeless Early Intervention.

2006
Funded to manage the Queensland Indigenous Alcohol Diversion Program.

2008
Awarded management of the Reverend Charles Harris Diversionary Centre and Flora House Women’s Shelter.

2009
Purchase of 26 acres of land at Thorn Street Mount Louisa to facilitate pathways for Indigenous home ownership

2010
Received funding through the Nation Building Economic Stimulus Capital Grants Program to construct housing. Replace 3 older dwellings with 7 dwellings.

Reverend Charles Harris Diversionary Centre program expanded from accommodating 30 clients to 50 clients.

Received funding to manage the Breaking the Cycle Program.

2011
Funded to manage the Dale Parker Place Support Accommodation Program for 25 places for singles and couples without children.

2012
Completed construction of the Ernest & Maud Hoolihan Elders Village. Granted management of 8 properties to support Indigenous people traveling from remote communities to access education, training and employment. Housing stock increased to 142 properties.

2013
Minister for Housing and Public Works the Hon Tim Mander officially opened Ernest and Maud Hoolihan Elders Village.

2014
Received 5 additional properties under Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP) taking the number of properties under ERAP to 13.

2015
YML celebrated 40 years of service to the local community.  YML achieved TIER 2 registration under the National Regulatory System for Community Housing making YML the only Indigenous housing provider in Queensland to achieve a Tier 2 status.  YML won the Australasian Housing Institute National Award for Service Innovation.  Purchased an additional 25 acres of land at Thorn Street to expand the proposed housing development.

2016
Received Development Approval for the Hillside Gardens Project.

2017
Completed Hillside Gardens housing development and Land sales launched to open market.

Purchased 1145 Riverway Drive Rasmussen to expand services to the Upper Ross.

2018
Purchased 25 Acheron Avenue Cranbrook to facilitate the Tutoring and Mentoring program for First Nations children. (Weeburra Thulgari).

Became Yumba-Meta Ltd to reflect the current business structure.

YML became the first organisation in Townsville to become an Approved Specialist Disability Accommodation Provider.

2019
Received Development Approval for 1145 Riverway Drive Rasmussen.

Received $2.89m grant from the Commonwealth toward construction of the Patient Transitional Facility at 1145 Riverway Drive Rasmussen.

YML won the Australasian Housing Institute National Award for Excellence in Social Housing.

Received Queensland State Government funding to manage the Townsville Family Violence Support Service.

YML CEO Dushy Thangiah won the 2019 Telstra Australian Businesswoman for Purpose and Social Enterprise.

Aaron Harper MP, Member for Thuringowa, officially opened Townsville’s first Specialist Disability Accommodation owned and managed by YML.

2020
Purchased 1151 and 1155 Riverway Drive Rasmussen to expand the scope for the Upper Ross Development project.

May 2020 commenced construction of Patient Transition Accommodation.

2021
Received Domestic and Family Violence Support funding from the National Indigenous Australian Agency (NIAA).

YML opened a second Women’s Shelter “Elsie House”, officially opened by Mrs Elsie Thompson.

Received Funding from State Government through the Partnering for Growth Program to construct 4 duplexes.

“Karingal” Yumba-Meta’s Patient transition facility was officially opened by Phillip Thompson MP, Member for Herbert.