Franklin Charity House
On Saturday 2 March 2013 the Franklin Charity House went to auction. Independent Property Group Gungahlin held the auction on site (Cnr Oodgeroo Ave & Marie Pitt St, Franklin) at 11am with a good sized crownd attending. Bidding began in earnest before the real competition began between the two main parties. This final bid was $850,000 from Sheryl Lea Sutcliff. A fantastic outcome for everyone invloved, particularly the charities.
The high thermal rating will be achieved by its orientation on the block and its modern slab construction together with the use of double glazed windows and extensive insulation.
The house will also feature an 8,000 litre rainwater tank and the lower level will be built to Adaptable Housing standards making it accessible for older people and people who may have physical disabilities.
The Franklin Charity House is located in a quiet suburban street with city views to the south and close to public transport and schools.
The charities to benefit when the house is sold by auction are the YWCA of Canberra, Youthcare Canberra, Canberra Men’s centre, Toora Women and Inanna.
Each of the charities work to provide services to specific members of the Canberra community who are either homeless or in danger of becoming homeless and includes young people, older men and women and women with dependent children.
“I congratulate members of the building industry in this city who have a long and proud history of supporting worthy causes and Franklin Charity House is certainly no exception.” said ACT Chief Minister Katy Gallagher.
“The funds raised will support organisations who work with some of the most vulnerable in our community including women and children escaping domestic violence and young people who are either homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
“This partnership is a real practical example of how the public and private sector can work together for the common good of the Canberra community.”
During the winter months of 2012 the Franklin Charity House was opened as a display house where information sessions were held for the public on energy efficient building techniques, landscape design and Home Building Contract information.
The Franklin Charity House was officially launched by the ACT Chief Minister, Katy Gallagher MLA, at the Charity House site on 12 December 2012.