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Strathnairn Charity House 


The house built, designed and sold by women for charities that support women.

What is the Strathnairn Charity House project?

The Strathnairn Charity House project provided a significant boost to a range of local community organisations in West Belconnen while providing a platform to promote the growing participation of women in the construction sector.

The Strathnairn Charity House was sold at a very rainy auction on 25 March 2023 for an incredible $1.596 million. This figure means that Hands Across Canberra will receive $509,000 for distribution to three local charities.

The project saw Master Builders ACT and the Ginninderry Joint Venture collaborate on the design and construction of a premium home in the fast-growing suburb of Strathnairn.
MBA members, led by Kane Constructions, donated (or provided low-cost) materials and labour for the construction of the house.

The Strathnairn charity house project had a specific focus on facilitating opportunities for women in construction and was designed and built by women for women.


Photo credit: Kiernan May

Why is this house important for the Canberra community?

From a design and construction point of view, the project will be led by a female architect and builder. Every trade used has had at least one female apprentice and participants on Ginninderry’s SPARK Women in Trades program have used the project as a live training site.

From the proceeds of the sale of the charity house, $509,000 will be distributed between four local charities:

  • Hands Across Canberra – providing a cost effective, flexible and financially secure vehicle to contribute to local charities
  • Pegasus Riding for the Disabled – teaching children with disability about horse riding, horse handling, safety around the farm and all aspects of horse care
  • Karinya House – providing safety, shelter and a positive support network for women who are pregnant or parenting
  • Canberra City Care – providing practical help for people experiencing financial hardship (e.g., food and clothing).

The sod has officially been turned on the Charity House

Project Milestones

  • Build Like a Girl joined the project
  • CK Architecture and Light House Architecture & Science deliver rendered images of their finished design
  • Axis Plumbing completed the drainage works onsite
  • The sod is turned on the Charity House
  • Boral completed the onsite pour of concrete for the foundation
  • The structural steel was erected
  • Roofing, guttering and flashing was completed by Delnas Metal Roofing
  • Construction was completed by the fantastic team led by Jo Farrell from Kane Constructions
  • Landscaping was completed by Gold Creek Landscaping Services
  • The MBA Allstars and ACT Meteors raised over $23,000 at the The Strathnairn Charity House Cricket Fundraiser; all funds raised were donated to Hands Across Canberra
  • The Strathnairn Charity House is officially opened
  • Zango managed the 1.5 hour auction and the house was sold for $1, 596, 000
  • Hands Across Canberra receives $509,000 to distribute to local charities: Canberra City Care, Pegasus RDA and Karinya House

Thank you to the following companies for their generous donations

Photo credit: Kiernan May

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