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Bega Flats then and now

By johnboy - 4 July 2011 6

Bega flats c 1957

Aubergine has sent in the above photo of the city’s flats from 1957.

I think it’s the corner of Ballumbir and Ainslie Avenue as shown below today.

But if anyone wants to offer an alternative hypothesis I’d love to hear it.

Bega flats circa 2011

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6 Responses to
Bega Flats then and now
Hercsie 9:12 pm 04 Jul 11

Thanks Aubergine – great stuff.

Love the open Telephone wires strung up on poles.

gooterz 8:40 pm 04 Jul 11

All i could find was this.. From the rumors i’ve heard they were getting rid of the flats and people i knew were happy because of the decrease in crime that would bring

http://www.communityengagement.act.gov.au/engagements/dhcs/closed/planning_study_into_potential_redevelopment_of_sections_52_and_57_braddon_and_section_7_reid

GardeningGirl 6:23 pm 04 Jul 11

gooterz said :

Isnt there already a developement plan for this area?

I thought so. I remember seeing a display of proposed redevelopment drawings in the Canberra Centre a year or two ago?

gooterz 5:08 pm 04 Jul 11

Isnt there already a developement plan for this area?

MERC600 12:55 pm 04 Jul 11

I suspect the Guvy will allow them to get as bad as Burnie Court ended up, then flog ’em to some development mob. But where will NSW send all their no-hopers ? I worked in Woden in the dying days of Burnie Court when the thing was full of no hopers from Western NSW. How the authorities out there must have rubbed their hands with glee on getting rid of their troublemakers to the ACT silver tail area.

kakosi 11:58 am 04 Jul 11

Found the following on a website. What does it mean by “decommissioned in 2003”? It’s a real shame that they have been filled with drug addicts/dealers and other residents rely on security patrols to keep the level of violence down.

“The housing stock of the ACT has different origins from those of other places in Australia. Public housing in the ACT was initially built by the Commonwealth Government to provide accommodation for the public servants coming to the national capital, not for those people who could not afford to provide it for themselves. The housing supplied included hostels for the builders and public servants and hotels to relieve accommodation pressures1. Blocks of flats were also constructed2, the ABC flats (Allawah, Bega and Currong Courts) were competed in 1959 and decommissioned in 2003.”

http://www.archives.act.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0006/131388/Researching_house_history.pdf

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