Controversial Dickson block to become low-cost supportive housing

A controversial northside plot of land, currently under investigation, will be developed into public housing.

The block, known as Section 72, sits between the Dickson pool and the Majura playing fields on Antill Street.

The ACT government has announced plans to build the territory’s second Common Ground project on the site. It purchased blocks 6 and 25 in 2012.

Part of the plot is currently in the sights of ACT Auditor-General, which last month announced it would probe a complex swap deal between the Barr government and the Dickson Tradies Club in late 2014.

The first Common Ground project was completed in 2015 in Gungahlin.

Minister for Planing and Land Management Mick Gentleman said it was a fantastic opportunity for the community to help share urban renewal in Dickson.

“The ACT government has committed to deliver new public housing and a new Common Ground project within Section 72, providing new homes on the light rail corridor and close to services,” Mr Gentleman said.

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