Looking through the lens on public housing

Released 13/02/2018

Today I opened a photographic exhibition of public housing in Canberra taken by documentary photographer Hardy Lohse.

Canberra has a proud history of public housing and supporting people to not only have accommodation, but to have a home. However, much of Canberra’s public housing was built over 40 years ago, to support the role of this city as the growing national capital. Many of these properties were constructed in large complexes of over 100 dwellings.

The Public Housing Renewal Program is halfway through the largest renewal of ACT public housing stock, renewing 11% of older, outdated dwellings and to provide better and more appropriate accommodation to suit the needs of the tenants.

Each tenant has been supported through the process of relocation to try and suit their needs and preferences. Tenants were consulted over choice in location and access to support services during and after the move in order to create new homes within the community.

The exhibition celebrates the successful relocation of 736 people to their new homes. These wonderful and authentic photos provide a true ‘snap-shot’ of the lives and homes of some of the ACT’s public housing residents.

The exhibition is open from 13- 23 February 2018, to recognise the half-way point of the Public Housing Renewal Program in the ACT, and is being held at the Exhibition Room ACT Legislative Assembly.

I encourage you all to visit the exhibit and see Canberra’s public housing through a different lens.

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