ACT Greens MLA Shane Rattenbury has today welcomed the launch of Common Ground, a Greens initiative to tackle homelessness in Canberra.
“Common Ground is one of Canberra's most important homelessness projects,” said Mr Rattenbury.
“It will offer long-term, affordable accommodation and support to some of Canberra’s most vulnerable people. It is a key part of the Greens’ vision for a better, fairer Canberra.”
Mr Rattenbury paid tribute to former Greens MLA Amanda Bresnan, who is one of the project’s fiercest advocates.
“I’m proud that we got this item into the Parliamentary Agreement for this term of government after years of work.
“The Greens first put this project on the table in the last parliament, and tomorrow’s launch will see us deliver one of our central election commitments.”
Mr Rattenbury said that tomorrow’s launch was the culmination of years of work from community activists, singling out the late Liz Dawson OAM for her tireless work.
“Together, Liz Dawson and I turned the first sod for the construction of Common Ground in 2013. She would be so proud to know that people can now start making a home there.
“There should be a place for everyone in Canberra. Common Ground will take us one step closer to that vision.”