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Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Sustainability upgrades to public, community housing

Twelve pubic and community housing properties will receive solar and sustainability upgrades worth $365,000, as part of the ACT Government’s economic survival package that is providing jobs for Canberrans.

Common Ground Gungahlin is among the properties to receive upgrades, as well as a multi-unit property in Kaleen and 10 other properties that are currently leased to community organisations.

“This project will deliver lower electricity costs for people in our community who are most in need of support, particularly during the coming winter when electricity bills often grow,” said ACT Housing Minister, Yvette Berry.

“We’re extending our support through projects like this so that people experiencing vulnerability have the chance to get ahead.

“This project is part of the government’s economic survival package that is providing jobs for Canberrans, while upgrading and renewing infrastructure across the city.”

ACT Climate Change Minister, Shane Rattenbury, said the upgrades would also support local jobs, businesses and the community.

“As well as helping residents and community groups, the sustainability upgrades help the ACT on its goal of addressing climate change and reducing greenhouse gas emissions to zero.”

The project is part of the ACT Government’s initiative to fast-track infrastructure projects to support the economy during the COVID-19 crisis.

ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr said the program has focused on ‘screwdriver-ready’ works that can start immediately and keep local workers employed.

A list of infrastructure and maintenance projects that have already been announced can be accessed via act.gov.au/fasttrack

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