Public housing moved out of city centre

The ACT has moved 1288 public housing sites - and thousands of former tenants - out of the city centre and inner north and south in the past three decades as it pursues urban renewal.

The data shows suburbs in Tuggeranong and Gungahlin, some more recently developed than the leafier stretches of the city, have seen more growth in public housing over the same period.

There have been 1288 properties moved out of in the inner north and south, in a stretch of land from Dickson in the north to Yarralumla and Kingston in the south.

That includes almost all inner suburbs except Lyneham, where the number has grow by five properties.

The top five suburbs with the biggest fall in the number of public housing sites were Melba, losing 374, Lyons, losing 239, O'Connor, losing 200, Braddon, losing 175 and Reid, losing 164.

They were followed by Ainslie, losing 161, Red Hill, losing 152, Kingston, losing 140, and Barton and Parkes, both losing 123 properties.

The five to gain the most properties were Ngunnawal, gaining 212 properties, Gordon, gaining 192, Dunlop, gaining 160, Palmerston, gaining 133, and Bonython, gaining 122.

They were followed by Theodore, gaining 96, Banks, gaining 95, Conder, gaining 88, Belconnen, gaining 87 and Phillip, gaining 85 properties.

The data, released to community groups under freedom of information last year, illustrates long-held concerns about the government's urban renewal agenda and the gentrification of the light rail corridor.

But it also shows a few outliers in the general shifting of public housing from the city centre to outer suburbs, with slight growth of five new sites in Lyneham.

The number of dwellings in the ACT has remained relatively steady at about 11,000 over 30 years.

A new public housing unit built in Monash. Picture: Supplied

A new public housing unit built in Monash. Picture: Supplied

ACT Shelter's Travis Gilbert said while the early years of the housing renewal program had given tenants a good ability to choose where they could be relocated, as it progressed, the choices reduced.

That was in part due to the government being unable to afford more land in more expensive established suburbs, thus looking to outlying areas in search of cheaper land.

"Most of the new properties were in multi-unit developments, but my understanding is the second tranche of renewal will look quite a bit different."