suburban melbourne
The new public housing development consists of 20 houses. Image – Canva
  • 20 new homes have been built under the Growing and Renewing Public Housing Program
  • Development has a mix of one, two and three-bedroom units
  • Previously, the site had four duplexes from the 1960s

A local company has built the new development as part of the Australian Capital Territory Government’s Growing and Renewing Public Housing program.

The Dickson development consists of a mix of one, two and three-bedroom units which have been designed accordingly based on the character of the suburb.

Previously, the site was home to four duplexes that had been built in the 1960s. The duplexes had been expensive to run and were deemed to be the end of their useful life.

Subsequently, the ACT government decided to build 20 modern and energy-efficient new homes.

Near the development is the Dickson shopping precinct which includes schools and public transport such as the new light rail.

All units have a 6-star energy efficiency rating and have been built to meet a minimum Gold Class Liveable standard which better suits the needs of tenants.

The building designs allows Housing ACT’s Occupational Therapists to make any reasonable design modification on a case-by-case basis to support the needs of tenants.

“Public housing has long been a feature of Canberra’s inner north and is part of the government’s vision of a diverse and inclusive city,” said Yvette Berry, the Minister for Housing and Suburban Development.

“Canberran’s are inclusive people and I’m sure these tenants will be welcomed to the neighbourhood as they move into this beautiful new property.”

Novy Forcadas is excited to be moving into her new house.

“I love gardening and already have plans to grow lots of fresh produce with my neighbours in the communal garden”

The new development has the support of Alan and Irene, two local residents who also live on Lowrie Street.

“We welcome more public housing across Canberra and in the inner north. We were pleased to hear about the allocation process and how it supports intentional communities that consider surrounding neighbours and the local community.”

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