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Public housing is on the way for Dickson, with the ACT Government announcing it will work with locals on a new plan for the site.

It’s part of the ACT Government’s plans to keep public housing tenants close to light rail.

“It is an opportunity to assist our most vulnerable people, give them the leg up they need in life to continue forward,” Planning Minister, Mick Gentleman, said.

The Government bought Blocks 6 and 25 of Section 72 in Dickson back in 2012.

The precinct is within easy walking distance to Dickson shops, the swimming pool and the first stage of light rail.

The purchased blocks, along with land already available, is big enough to combine community facilities and private homes, as well as social housing.

The territory’s second Common Ground project will be built there, offering accommodation and on-site support for locals experiencing homelessness and other living issues.

The first Common Ground was set up in Gungahlin in 2015.

“The amazing community response to Common Ground 1 in Gungahlin was one of the keys to its success and I’m sure that will be repeated in Dickson,” Housing Minister, Yvette Berry, said.

The ACT Government’s copped flack before for the lack of community consultation around changes to public housing in the capital.

But the Government insists locals will get to have their say, with consultation details to be announced soon.

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