Former inner south public housing sites go for $84 million

Ian Bushnell 21 March 2019 16

Bidders and observers at the SLA auction. Photo: SLA.

Five former public housing sites in the inner south have sold for more than $84 million, with one block selling for $40 million, the largest sale of a single block of land by the ACT Government since 2016.

The Suburban Land Agency said the landmark sites in Griffith and Narrabundah, the former Stuart Flats and Gowrie Court were part of ACT Government’s Asset Recycling Initiative program and attracted 22 registered bidders hotly contesting each block on offer.

Of particular interest was Block 24 Section 39 at Griffith which enticed multiple bidders, with the Yeend Pty Limited eventually paying $40 million. The Griffith site has been described as a gem of the Inner South, within eyeshot of Manuka Oval and close to schools, Manuka Town Centre, Lake Burley Griffin and the Parliamentary Triangle.

BMJ Canberra Investment Corporation Pty Ltd bought two blocks – Griffith Block 23 Section 39 for $12,005,000 and Block 6 Section 43 for $3,615,000. Griffith Block 25 Section 39 went to Bisa Inner South Projects Pty Ltd for $8,250,000, while Narrabundah Block 3 Section 62 sold for $20,355,000 to Braddon D Pty Ltd & Braddon G Pty Ltd.

A sixth site at Lyons opposite the Woden Town Centre, the former Strathgordon Court marketed as the Junction, was passed in, however agents were confident of negotiating a sale on the block within the coming days.

The SLA said the auction showed the continued strong interest for quality development opportunities in the ACT’s property market and marked another milestone in the ACT Government’s urban renewal program, driven by the vision for a re-invigorated Canberra.

It said the sites in Griffith, Narrabundah and Lyons provided exceptional opportunities for innovative townhouse and low-rise residential development.

Sale results:

Suburb Block Section Zone Size m2 Dwellings Sale price
Griffith 25 39 RZ5 3 ,695 70 $8,250,000
Griffith 23 39 RZ5 4,514 100 $12,005,000
Griffith 24 39 RZ5 12,080 282 $40,000,000
Griffith 6 43 RZ5 2,163 32 $3,615,000
Narrabundah 3 62 RZ5 13,775 177 $20,355,000


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16 Responses to Former inner south public housing sites go for $84 million
Mark Valerius Mark Valerius 10:53 am 23 Mar 19

Without a doubt, the WORST government of any kind in the country. A greedy, money grabbing bunch of self serving parasites. There....I feel better now.

Angela Hunter Angela Hunter 9:24 am 23 Mar 19

Well there's a surprise ...NOT!!!!! 🙄

Janet Pumpa Janet Pumpa 6:38 am 23 Mar 19

Ok so does this mean no more increase in land rates for stage 2 of bloody light rail?

Geeta Datta Geeta Datta 10:58 pm 22 Mar 19

Oh poor slaves will have to move away

Mick Johnson Mick Johnson 3:44 pm 22 Mar 19

no cheap housing here

Trish Roberts Trish Roberts 3:12 pm 22 Mar 19

Where's the replacement housing for public housing tenants? There was supposed to be a percentage in each new private development, but that seems to have disappeared.

Jackie White Jackie White 2:55 pm 22 Mar 19

I'm wondering where all the former inhabitants have gone. One minute they were all there, the next the place is fenced off with old furniture sitting behind the fence on the grass.

    Karen Cowan Karen Cowan 11:27 pm 22 Mar 19

    Jackie White all the new places that were built out in the coombs area and moncrief.

    Bonnie Johnson Bonnie Johnson 7:19 am 23 Mar 19

    Jackie White relocated all across Canberra - some in gungahlin, Belconnen, turner, Woden etc. people got to nominate their preference.

Patrick J Pentony Patrick J Pentony 2:43 pm 22 Mar 19

Why did these blocks sell for so much given they aren’t on the light rail corridor?

    Jackie White Jackie White 2:54 pm 22 Mar 19

    Because Manuka.

    Patrick J Pentony Patrick J Pentony 2:55 pm 22 Mar 19

    Jackie White I know, but the gov told us developers only bought blocks in Braddon turner and Lyneham because of light rail.

    Steve Cains Steve Cains 9:26 pm 22 Mar 19

    Patrick J Pentony good news is, people buying here will get some sleep, as opposed to those close to our "silent" trams.

Kristina Micallef Kristina Micallef 11:03 am 22 Mar 19

Clearly the ACT Government is making good money from land sales- can we get a reduction in our rates now?!?

    Daniel Duncan Daniel Duncan 12:15 am 23 Mar 19

    Kristina keep dreaming on the rates going down.

Janet Ilchef Janet Ilchef 10:47 am 22 Mar 19

No chance for individuals when the greedy developers get their paws on them

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