ACT Governement requesting help for Common Ground

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The ACT Government is calling on businesses to help deliver the second Common Ground project. They released a ‘Market Sounding Paper’ to gauge interest in the early construction and social and community phases of the project.

“The Canberra community has always shown its willingness to give to the greater good. A key to the success of Common Ground Gungahlin was the positive community response. I hope that will be repeated in Dickson,” said Housing Minister Yvette Berry.

“This could involve partnering with commercial tradespeople or suppliers, groups or individuals to contribute anything from construction resources and materials to essential household goods and services.”

Board member Di Kargas Bray AM said “experience shows the approach works by helping previously homeless people not only with housing but also connections with the community”.

“The Common Ground model – based on partnership between the government, community and private sectors – makes it particularly suitable for philanthropy,” she said.

Common Ground Dickson will comprise 40 social and affordable homes, with a mix of one-, two-, and three-bedroom units. It will support people experiencing chronic homelessness into permanent housing. Construction for the project will be tendered both locally and nationally, with completion anticipated by the end of 2021, subject to DA approval.

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