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Greens demand public housing be maintained in Northbourne redevelopment

By johnboy - 30 May 2011 19

The Greens’ Amanda Bresnan has announced that she’s generally in favour of Joy Burch’s design competition and plan to knock down the horrible Northbourne flats and try again.

But she does want the public housing numbers to be maintained.

“This is a great opportunity to reinvigorate public housing and increase density along a key transit route, Northbourne Avenue,” Ms Bresnan said.

“A design competition is a good approach. The Greens advocated for a design competition to reinvigorate public housing in the Inner-North in a 2009 motion in the Assembly.

“I do however want the Government to guarantee that the number of public housing dwellings there will remain, and that it is integrated with the new housing constructed.

“The proposed redevelopment of the Allawah, Bega and Currong flats, will see a diminished number of public housing dwellings on that site.* The community will lose out further if the same happens with Northbourne Flats.

“It’s important as we develop and increase density around the city, and that the Government continues to own inner-city public housing stock.

“The Government must use this opportunity to reinvigorate the area and design a mixed community which incorporates social inclusion and sustainability.

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19 Responses to
Greens demand public housing be maintained in Northbourne redevelopment
The Frots 4:34 pm 30 May 11

LeatherJen said :

Keijidosha said :

LeatherJen said :

So why can’t we simply offer development conditions that include the provision of property for use as public housing in other areas of Canberra? Engagement with industry and research would allow the government to gauge the point at which development becomes unviable.

Sensible, but unlikely to happen as long as the Government is in a position to throw cheap land at developers with reckless abandon.

I guess I had the idealistic idea of trying to tune the property market by having inner city developments as a bit more expensive whilst selling outer ‘burbs land for a bit less to compensate, thus reducing price pressures in outer suburbs.

Never mind.

Don’t worry – it makes sense. Well, to me anyway!

chewy14 4:10 pm 30 May 11

Yes, yes public housing for everybody.
Can’t afford inner city living?
Don’t worry the Greens are here to make sure you get your own brand new apartment just minutes from the city centre.

LeatherJen 4:01 pm 30 May 11

Keijidosha said :

LeatherJen said :

So why can’t we simply offer development conditions that include the provision of property for use as public housing in other areas of Canberra? Engagement with industry and research would allow the government to gauge the point at which development becomes unviable.

Sensible, but unlikely to happen as long as the Government is in a position to throw cheap land at developers with reckless abandon.

I guess I had the idealistic idea of trying to tune the property market by having inner city developments as a bit more expensive whilst selling outer ‘burbs land for a bit less to compensate, thus reducing price pressures in outer suburbs.

Never mind.

Chop71 3:51 pm 30 May 11

nice lush brand new public housing right next to the city.

why would you ever want to even try to pay rent in the burbs?

Keijidosha 3:50 pm 30 May 11

LeatherJen said :

So why can’t we simply offer development conditions that include the provision of property for use as public housing in other areas of Canberra? Engagement with industry and research would allow the government to gauge the point at which development becomes unviable.

Sensible, but unlikely to happen as long as the Government is in a position to throw cheap land at developers with reckless abandon.

The Frots 3:24 pm 30 May 11

LeatherJen said :

So why can’t we simply offer development conditions that include the provision of property for use as public housing in other areas of Canberra? Engagement with industry and research would allow the government to gauge the point at which development becomes unviable.

In a city where public housing is under pressure, we can’t simply remove existing stock without having replacements.

I agree with you – totally!

LeatherJen 3:19 pm 30 May 11

So why can’t we simply offer development conditions that include the provision of property for use as public housing in other areas of Canberra? Engagement with industry and research would allow the government to gauge the point at which development becomes unviable.

In a city where public housing is under pressure, we can’t simply remove existing stock without having replacements.

ScienceRules 2:45 pm 30 May 11

Isn’t that why we invented Queenbeyan?

The Frots 1:56 pm 30 May 11

Jim Jones said :

The Frots said :

what_the said :

You object to public housing? Reckon they should be on the streets instead? I’m not sure if you realise they’re saying knock the dodgy flats down, but provide the same number of public housing?

Oh I understand…………………and I did read it (reading and understanding can be two different things sometimes). I don’t think there should be public housing along that corridor into the Canberra City area at all – in fact, rather than housing at all, perhaps some office blocks, buildings, et al, that provide some ambience to entering Canberra.

And no, I am not saying get rid of public housing……………..just make the entrance into Canberra a bit more ‘asthetic’.

And the gold medal for backpedalling goes to …

And where do you get that from what I said Jimbo………………….?

futto 1:49 pm 30 May 11

Without public housing, where would all the elected Greens live?

Thumper 1:37 pm 30 May 11

Sounds like a good idea to me.

Win- win situation, the eyesore that is the flats is gone and people will have new, and better public housing to move in to.

Jim Jones 1:34 pm 30 May 11

The Frots said :

what_the said :

You object to public housing? Reckon they should be on the streets instead? I’m not sure if you realise they’re saying knock the dodgy flats down, but provide the same number of public housing?

Oh I understand…………………and I did read it (reading and understanding can be two different things sometimes). I don’t think there should be public housing along that corridor into the Canberra City area at all – in fact, rather than housing at all, perhaps some office blocks, buildings, et al, that provide some ambience to entering Canberra.

And no, I am not saying get rid of public housing……………..just make the entrance into Canberra a bit more ‘asthetic’.

And the gold medal for backpedalling goes to …

The Frots 1:29 pm 30 May 11

what_the said :

You object to public housing? Reckon they should be on the streets instead? I’m not sure if you realise they’re saying knock the dodgy flats down, but provide the same number of public housing?

Oh I understand…………………and I did read it (reading and understanding can be two different things sometimes). I don’t think there should be public housing along that corridor into the Canberra City area at all – in fact, rather than housing at all, perhaps some office blocks, buildings, et al, that provide some ambience to entering Canberra.

And no, I am not saying get rid of public housing……………..just make the entrance into Canberra a bit more ‘asthetic’.

what_the 1:24 pm 30 May 11

You object to public housing? Reckon they should be on the streets instead? I’m not sure if you realise they’re saying knock the dodgy flats down, but provide the same number of public housing?

The Frots 1:16 pm 30 May 11

Ahhh……the Greens. Of course they do!

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