Project Status: Closed


How you had YourSay:

Thank you for sharing your ideas on the development plans for two small-scale complexes on Forbes Street, Turner. A Listening Report and Comments Chart is now will be available to show you what we heard with an analysis of your comments, feedback and ideas.

During consultation, the community had the opportunity to share ideas and feedback by:

  • Sharing comments on YourSay
  • Attending an information kiosk
  • Writing an email and hard-copy submission

We are looking at:

As our city expands, we're planning for a Canberra that's inclusive, innovative, healthy, smart, active and fun. By redeveloping our properties, we ensure safe, affordable and secure housing choices are in place for everyone.

We want to hear your ideas on the redevelopment of a new small-scale complex in Turner (9 Forbes Street). The proposed development is in close proximity to local schools, shops and public transport and will provide modern, energy efficient housing.

The new complex will include:

  • a mix of contemporary 2 and 3 bedroom units (built to Gold Livable standards)
  • a communal space
  • basement car park
  • well-designed landscaping
  • accessibility opportunities for tenants to walk to the nearby shops, schools and public transport.
  • 6-star energy efficiency
  • two adaptable units – providing easier access for people who have a disability, such as the use of a wheelchair or mobility aids.

Your views are being used to:

Your ideas and feedback were used in preparing the Development Application for the redevelopment.


Share your feedback and ideas on the redevelopment:

18 April, 2018

Rose1718 says:

Smart design which will suit the area, be energy efficient + allow people with various needs to live walking/cycling distance from services

16 April, 2018

lfk says:

I would like to see more of this kind of development in the Inner North,that is,small, well designed townhouses and/or apartments.

15 April, 2018

Chipsy88 says:

I am very supportive of locating public housing near civic and many support services. Energy efficiency and smart design is important.

13 March, 2018

Alex_Adkins says:

I am supportive of this development. I think it is important to have public housing in a central location close to services.

12 March, 2018

Mfreemantle says:

The street is very narrow- I think bicycles need to be prohibited- and there needs to be adequate visitor parking. Otherwise, a given!

12 March, 2018

Cabfare says:

Replacing a single family with seven on a single residence plot is a density nightmare. Tram allows us to place people outside the CBD.

12 March, 2018

canberrstreets says:

The plan looks congruent to the area. It will be the social housing allocation policy that will determine the long-term success of the site

12 March, 2018

NB04 says:

Looks good.important to have outdoor communal space to address any isolation issues and to encourage sense of community support.

9 March, 2018

Cornsa says:

No visitor parking? Forbes street too narrow with parked cars and "rat runners". Restrict parking to one side or traffic to "local only"

9 March, 2018

Cornsa says:

Instead of the blank flat roof, there should be -roof top garden or -green roof Increase greenery % since building taking away existing

8 March, 2018

Cabfare says:

Changing a house into 7 units is a neighborhood destroyer and amounts to "block busting." Google it. The new tram permits outer projects.

6 March, 2018

matt.wardle says:

Where is the turning plan for vehicles entering or exiting the property? Clearance height?



Our commitment

Housing ACT is committed to providing public housing in all suburbs across Canberra, to build communities that are diverse and vibrant that enable people to achieve positive social and economic outcomes.

We are committed to collaborating with the community, to build neighbourhoods that are inclusive and welcoming, that offer safe and affordable housing to those who need it most.

What we do and why

Housing ACT provides tenants with safe, affordable and appropriate housing in sustainable social environments. We provide housing to those Canberrans most in need including people in extreme financial hardship who are unable to find accommodation elsewhere.

Public housing makes up about 8% of all housing in the ACT.

  • 25% is located in Belconnen
  • 18% is located in Woden and the inner south
  • 23% is located in the inner north
  • 21% is located in Tuggeranong

Shape and scale of the Development

New developments will be modern, energy efficient and include a mix of sizes to suit different tenant requirements, including properties that can be adapted in the future, to enable tenants to age in place.

The buildings will be built to a 6 star energy efficiency rating which means they will be cheaper to run. The buildings will include adaptable living apartments which means that it is easier for people who have a disability, and may use a wheelchair or mobility aids, to live there.

A variety of materials and building features will be used, along with existing vegetation to blend the development into the streetscape. The scale and form of the new buildings will seek to reduce the visual impact of the development from the street, and will be in scale with the neighbouring buildings.

Who are our tenants?

Public housing tenants include a broad range of people including a high proportion of older people (approximately 26% are aged over 65 years), women (64%), as well as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders and people with disability (63% of our tenants access the disability support pension).

Approximately 75% of our tenants live in single person or single parent households. About 27% of our tenants are children under the age of 15 years.

Some of our tenants stay in public housing for only a short period of time, until they can ‘get back on their feet’. Others stay in public housing longer-term.

The range of our tenants means that the housing we provide needs to be diverse to meet the needs of different people. We provide family homes, single-person apartments, accessible housing and housing that is close to essential services such as medical services and public transport.

Building better housing

Redeveloping our properties allows us to ensure that safe, affordable and secure housing is made available for vulnerable Canberrans who need it – now – and into the future.

More than 70% of our housing stock was built before the 1990’s, therefore building new public housing and redeveloping existing public housing allows us to replace older stock with modern, more contemporary designed buildings with improved energy efficiency.

It enables us to apply a ‘salt and pepper’ approach to development to reduce concentrations of disadvantage, and build well-designed dwellings that look and feel like other housing in the neighbourhood.

Delivering public housing close to essential services helps to ensure that the varied support needs of tenants can be accommodated and it is an important step in supporting some of our community’s most vulnerable people.

Housing ACT looks to the following principles when designing new public housing:

  • Quality design – consistent with the existing and future character of the suburb
  • Transparent, honest and open communication with the surrounding tenants and community.
  • Liveable design – a more flexible, easy to access and navigate, liveable space, designed to have a positive impact on tenants and the neighbourhood
  • Design that enhances the streetscape
  • Design that aims to promote a sense of pride for tenants, harnessing a supportive community for both the tenants and the wider community, ensuring that tenants feel safe and comfortable within the new housing development