MEDIA RELEASE: More Land, More Homes, for Canberra Families

Canberra families will have access to additional land for new homes, with a re-elected Morrison Government committing to prioritise the release of a large portion of the CSIRO Ginninderra site, taking another step to address the housing affordability crisis in Canberra.

Liberal Senator for the ACT, Zed Seselja, said CSIRO have identified 243 hectares of the 701 hectares CSIRO Ginninderra Experimental Station are surplus to its needs.

“Based on average block size in Canberra, this land release would result in around 2,000 family homes,” Senator Seselja said.

“If elected the Morrison Government will put this land onto the market before the end of 2022, with the intent that its future use for family housing will best serve the Canberra community.

“Canberrans are facing a housing crisis caused by the ACT Labor Greens Government’s deliberate strategy to limit supply of new land for housing and to predominantly favour apartments over family blocks.

“This land release alone doesn’t fully fix the crisis created by the ACT Labor Greens Government, but it will offer relief by significantly increasing immediate supply for Canberra families.

“Now that the Morrison Government has committed to divest this land, it is my intention to see this land sold directly to market to provide much-needed competition in the ACT, rather than sold to the ACT Government enabling them to land bank it and limit the choices given to Canberrans.”

This announcement comes in addition to the Morrison Government’s extensive economic and financial support to those entering the property market, including the expansion of the Home Guarantee Scheme announced in the 2022-23 Federal Budget.

Only the Morrison Government will continue to deliver a better future for Canberra as part of our plan to build a strong economy and a stronger future.

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SENATOR THE HON. ZED SESELJA  
Minister for International Development and the Pacific
Liberal Senator for the ACT