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The sod, turned! in Casey!

By johnboy - 3 June 2009 34

With Cleverclogs sending in a photo I felt inspired to pass on the Chiefly One’s enthusiasm for the new suburb of Casey. He can be seen here starting work for it with his shiny shovel.

The great enthusiasm for Casey is that 22% of the blocks are considered to be “affordable” as opposed to the mandated 15%.

    “Casey is a further sign of the success of the ACT Government’s expanded land release program and our efforts to target affordable housing.”

So there you go.

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screaming banshee 10:54 am 05 Jun 09

djk said :

I would assume these amounts have gone up, because I have not seen any blocks for sale anywhere near these prices in Casey.

A coupe of clicks finds these, so really not that hard if you actually look. I would expect to see Casey added to these pages shortly unless they have all been snapped up already.

http://www.geshaw.com.au/OwnPlace.htm
http://www.smprecision.com.au/ownplace.html

poptop 1:50 pm 04 Jun 09

It is probably the official ACT Government sod-turning shovel.

The shaft looks to short for it to be an ordinary construction implement.

djk 11:04 am 04 Jun 09

screaming banshee said :

To ensure ongoing access to affordable housing, the Government will require that at least
15 per cent of blocks are priced in the $60,000-$120,000 price range. It will achieve this
by introducing a range of block sizes, rather than by cross-subsidising the affordable
blocks through ‘inclusionary zoning’.

found here – http://www.actaffordablehousing.com.au/resources/pdfs/Affordable_House_Land_Packages_FS.pdf
You can also read about it here – http://www.lda.act.gov.au/?/ownplace

I would assume these amounts have gone up, because I have not seen any blocks for sale anywhere near these prices in Casey.

Holierthanthou 9:02 pm 03 Jun 09

I want that shovel. It is most shiny and lustrous. Almost scintillant.

Although, it could in fact actually be a shovel.

monomania 8:12 pm 03 Jun 09

A sod on both ends of the shovel!

screaming banshee 7:00 pm 03 Jun 09

niftydog said :

screaming banshee said :

Nope nice and clear, some people clearly expect that the government should significantly subsidise the cost of buying a house.

Yuh huh.

Having read through the comments again niftydog I missed a blatantly obvious point.

Whilst you may not agree that affordable=small surely a degree of common sense will indicate to you that smaller=cheaper. I personally then make the assumption that something that is cheaper is more affordable.

On the topic of developers being involved in the process. Is that really any different to using subcontractors rather than your own staff.

Clown Killer 6:48 pm 03 Jun 09

I’ve got a reasonably large house on a fair size block and it didn’t cost that much.

screaming banshee 6:33 pm 03 Jun 09

Clown Killer said :

Builders build houses that will sell quickly. I have no idea why, but people seem to like large houses on small blocks.

Because large houses on large blocks would be unaffordable

Clown Killer 5:30 pm 03 Jun 09

Builders build houses that will sell quickly. I have no idea why, but people seem to like large houses on small blocks.

Gungahlin Al 5:07 pm 03 Jun 09

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy said :

Not if you buy a house and land package. Then YOU get to choose the size and shape of the house.

Or buy the land and figure your own house out. Why pay stamp duty on both land AND house? Just toss a few grand down the dunny – it’s quicker.

farq 4:58 pm 03 Jun 09

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_they_all_copy said :

Why do you think builders who do spec homes build large houses? Because they can sell them. If you want a smaller home, buy the land and build it. When you buy from the LDA, you don’t actually have to build a monstrosity!

no matter how you make use of the tiny little block, you will still end up with your neighbours house right up against your fence.

niftydog 4:53 pm 03 Jun 09

screaming banshee said :

Nope nice and clear, some people clearly expect that the government should significantly subsidise the cost of buying a house.

Yuh huh.

Why do you think builders who do spec homes build large houses? Because they can sell them. If you want a smaller home, buy the land and build it. When you buy from the LDA, you don’t actually have to build a monstrosity!

GardeningGirl 4:25 pm 03 Jun 09

ant said :

I wish the gov’t would re-assume control of specific projects like this, and hold a competition or something for aspiring designers to come up with clever and environmental and attractive and AFFORDABLE dwellings for people, rather than commercial developers feathering their own nests and building monsters on tiny blocks.

Yes!

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