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Death of a Slum, at last – CT 4 April, 2008

By Headbonius - 4 April 2008 23

Front page of the Canberra Times, 04 April, reports the expected sale of Fraser Court in Kingston. The article makes much of the crime that used to happen there – and rightly so. What has astounded me is the insightful comment made by Mr David Collett, Dept of Disability, Housing and Comm Services assessment managing director. He is quoted as saying the money will be used in a “Salt and Pepper” type arrangement where the Department will use money from the sale to buy dispersed units/houses instead of lumping them all together because – and here’s the clincher;

“We find there are significant problems when public housing tenants are grouped together in the one location”

Well, No shit sherlock. 

I wonder how this bloke got his job. Did he enthrall the interview panel with pearls of wisdom like this? God F*cken help us all. 

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minime2 11:57 pm 09 Apr 08

Northbourne Flats….designed and built by professionals. Leap ahead to the year 2050 when someone will drive down the GDE and say “designed and built by professionals”. And on public housing .. here is a prediction for a big big money grab for Stanhope: ACT Housing owns the Ainslie Village site…you can see the lake from nearly anywhere on the site; it is a very short walk to the city and bounded(?)by parkland. Imagine apartment towers with views to the hills and and as far south as ya can look. Those acres are worth many millions. The contracts to run it and house the less fortunate are very short and all expire in less than a couple of years…mmmm?! Won’t put those folk out the street you say… remember Burnie Court and the question to boss of Housing about “where will they all go?” he answered: “We have thousands on the waiting list who are all living somewhere…” If they will do it the Fraser Court….

Timberwolf65 8:43 pm 09 Apr 08

Headbonius said :

Interesting take on things spoonbill. But what would be wrong with treating the bad ones the way the roos were planned to be treated?

That cracked me up Headbonius …good call!

Thumper 7:35 pm 06 Apr 08

Indeed, it’s time to remove all those scuzzy flats along Northbourne and make this place look less like a failed socialist utopia and more like a capital city.

But I guess that would mean the government would have to provide extra housing so I have a feeling that it’s not going to happen very soon.

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