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Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Townhouse development for Greenway

The Tuggeranong suburb of Greenway is set to be home to more townhouses, with the announcement of Fresco, a new development to be located on Mortimer Lewis Drive.

Developed by Chase Group, Fresco will comprise 25 three- and four-bedroom townhouses, designed to either take advantage of the northern orientation or the water views across Lake Tuggeranong.

Peter Blackshaw director of project marketing, Sam Dodimead, said Fresco would be ideal for both professionals and downsizers, with inclusions such as timber floors, reverse-cycle heating and cooling and large landscaped courtyards.

“It will be the first major development in Canberra to include Smeg Dolce Stil Novo appliances,” he said.

Three-bedroom townhouses at Fresco start at $599,900, while four-bedrooms are listed at $799,900. Each townhouse has two bathrooms and parking for two cars.

‘Next Door’ to support older women

YWCA Canberra has launched ‘Next Door’, a housing support service for older women who are at risk of experiencing homelessness.

YWCA CEO Frances Crimmins said the organisation will work with women over 50, the fastest growing cohort of people experiencing housing insecurity and homelessness, to find and maintain affordable, appropriate and safe homes.

“Following a lifetime of work and caring responsibilities, often characterised by inequalities around wages and superannuation compared to their male counterparts, many older women don’t have financial security,” Ms Crimmins said.

“All it takes is one or two incidents such as a partner passing away, poor health or a breakdown of family relationships and these women are left in a very volatile position – through no fault of their own.”

The YWCA Canberra housing team will work with women to help them overcome challenges such as ill health and unemployment, identify which properties might be suitable for their situation, and assist with applications, organise aged care and disability support options, explore home share options, and connect women with specialist services with expertise in health, wellbeing, tenancy, legal and finance.

“Our housing team takes a person-centred approach with our clients, which means they are informed, in control and make their own decisions about their future,” Ms Crimmins said.

YWCA Canberra received an ACT Government grant of $1.9 million to deliver the service.

Bill aims for ‘equitable access’ to land

The ACT Government has introduced a bill that would make it easier for not-for-profit community groups to tender for land offered at less than market value.

“The current process is a ‘first come first served’ direct sales process and does not promote a fair or efficient allocation of land to community organisations,” Minister for Planning and Land Management Mick Gentleman said.

“We want to ensure that community land is used in an efficient way that provides the greatest benefit for Canberrans.”

If the bill is passed, suitable sites would be identified and expressions of interest would be opened for community groups to apply to use it.

“Applications from community organisations will be assessed against criteria that prioritises social value, promotes efficient land uses, maximises whole of community benefits and rewards innovation and collaborative service provision,” said City Services and Facilities Minister Chris Steel.

“These changes to the release of community land will provide our community organisations with the ability to develop and grow.”


In last week’s edition (1 August 2019 on page 52), there was an error in the article, ‘Happy in Gilmore’, about the new record property price set for the Canberra suburb of Gilmore. 8 Jeanette Place in Gilmore sold for $865,000 on Saturday 27 July, $19,000 more than the suburb’s previous record price, not 18 Jeanette Place as was initially reported.

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