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Social housing project for women in Ainslie gets green light

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Proposed YWCA project

An artist’s impression of the supportive housing project. Image: AMC Architecture.

A controversial development application for the construction of a social housing complex in Ainslie for women has been approved.

The YWCA Canberra project in Rutherford Crescent will deliver 10 single-storey units to provide homes for older women and women escaping domestic and family violence.

But the proposal attracted opposition from nearby residents who were concerned that traffic changes would make the street less safe, would impact Bill Pye Park next door, and that the development was not in keeping with the low-density character of the neighbourhood.

Throughout the planning process, they complained about a lack of consultation.


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