Traditional culture the focus in new homes

A smoking ceremony has seen work start on homes for older Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander residents.

The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Government has invested more than $1.5 million in the design and construction of the five public housing homes in Kambah, working closely with the ACT Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elected Body.

These homes, and the setting, will have a number of features that make them suitable for the tenants.

The covered outdoor area will allow residents to meet, share stories, cook and entertain while a BBQ fire pit will allow residents to share cultural ceremonies.

There is a strong connection to the landscape. Local native grasses, shrubs and trees will complement the existing mature trees while medicinal and bush tucker plants will be planted for residents to use.
These homes, due to be finished by September, have also been designed for ease of access, to be quiet, comfortable and private as well as accessible for residents with mobility issues or who use wheelchairs.