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THE HON. GREG COMBET MP

Minister for Defence Personnel, Materiel and Science




Tuesday, 9 February 2009

015/2010


Defence housing makes strong progress

one year into stimulus program


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

announced that Defence Housing Australia (DHA) is making strong progress

one year into the Government’s stimulus program.


“As part of the stimulus plan, DHA was allocated $245.58 million to build 802

houses throughout Australia.  Due to program efficiencies another 27 houses

have also been included in the program, giving a total of 829 houses,” Mr

Combet said.


“DHA has completed 329 of these, with all 829 houses now contracted.  With

just under 18 months left in the program, DHA is well positioned to deliver on

time and on budget.


“The construction of an extra 829 Defence houses nationwide under the

Government’s stimulus program is making a big difference in regional centres.


“For example, in Townsville, where the Defence presence continues to grow,

resulting in additional pressure on the housing market.  We are trying to

relieve the pressure on this market with 118 extra Defence homes under the

scheme.


“It is a similar story in Darwin, where the 73 completed Defence houses, are

already helping to ease the burden of a tight housing market.  All 185 houses

will be completed in Darwin under the NB-ESP program by mid year 2010,” Mr

Combet said.


Defence houses have also been completed in Brisbane, Canberra, the Hunter

Region, Ipswich, Toowoomba, Adelaide, Sale, Melbourne and Wodonga.


“To support the Government’s objective of job creation and the additional

construction activity, this year DHA also created an Apprenticeship Support

Scheme, which sponsors 20 apprentices located in Adelaide, Canberra,

Darwin, Townsville and Brisbane.”


Mr Combet today addressed the board of DHA and congratulated them on

DHA and all of its employees for their hard work in delivering these results.


Media contacts:

Rod Hilton (Greg Combet):

02 6277 7620 or 0458 276 619

Defence Media Liaison:

02 6127 1999 or 0408 498 664






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