Defence Housing Well Ahead In Delivering Nation Building Houses

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THE HON. GREG COMBET MP

Minister for Defence Personnel, Materiel and Science




Thursday, 3 December 2009

118/2009


DEFENCE HOUSING WELL AHEAD IN DELIVERING

NATION BUILDING HOUSES


Greg Combet, Minister for Defence Personnel, Materiel and Science, today

announced that Defence Housing Australia (DHA) has completed the 200th

construction of the expected 802 Defence houses funded by the Nation

Building-Economic Stimulus Plan. 


“The 200th Defence house has been completed this week in Adelaide. It was

one of six houses constructed in the northern suburb of Andrews Farm,” said

Mr Combet. 


“In addition, contractors have now been engaged to construct all 829 houses

under the nation building stimulus. This is 27 more houses than previously

anticipated, which is a fantastic achievement.


“This is great news for the communities where the additional construction

activity has further stimulated the local economy. It is also great news for the

Australian Defence Force (ADF) members and their families who will be soon

moving into these new homes,” Mr Combet said.


Of the 829 houses to be constructed, 600 houses have commenced major site

works.


Defence houses have also already been completed in Brisbane, Darwin,

Hunter, Ipswich, Melbourne, Wodonga and Townsville.


“The Government’s stimulus plan has delivered jobs and supported the

residential construction industry and is delivering long term benefits to local

communities,” Mr Combet said. 


The primary function of DHA is to supply housing and related services to ADF

members and their families in line with Defence operational requirements.

DHA currently manages 17,300 properties across Australia worth about $7.8

billion.



Media contacts:

Rod Hilton (Greg Combet):

02 6277 7620 or 0458 276 619

Natalie Cooper (DHA)

0421 040 098

Defence Media Liaison:

02 6127 1999 or 0408 498 664







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