Wybalena Grove was more than just a community project; it was a chance for all people to own an affordable and beautifully designed home. Providing access to affordable homes for all was a life goal for Wybalena architect, Michael Dysart. Dysart is one of Australia’s most influential architects. He also designed Canberra’s Urambi Village in Kambah, another communal housing project from the 70s, and was incredibly influential in his approach to public buildings. Much of his work is still being used today, and his design concepts, such as the doughnut design in schools (a series of pavilions with a central shared courtyard) are being used to influence new builds across the country. In 2019 Wybalena Grove received the Sir Roy Grounds Award for Enduring Architecture, which is for buildings older than 25 years.
Today, Wybalena Grove is still a community. Maybe not to the extent that the original CACHS members envisioned, but their dream lives on through the impeccable, community-minded designs within Wybalena Grove. The community garden, set within the native bushland that encapsulates Wybalena Grove, is still thriving today with the help of Canberra’s Organic Growers Society. One in three residents are avid gardeners in the community garden that provides communal beds for herbs, fruit trees, and berries.