The Minister for Veterans‘ Affairs and Minister for Defence Personnel, Alan Griffin, and Member for Solomon, Damian Hale, today announced that 57 of the 61 Defence houses scheduled for demolition at Larrakeyah Barracks in Darwin will be saved.
Mr Hale said, „Darwin is experiencing a housing shortage and the community would rather see these houses reused than demolished“.
Mr Griffin said, „The construction industry has made great advances in recent times, including the development of new and innovative technology which will allow the homes to be removed without compromising the safety and security of the base and the families that live there“.
„After a competitive tender process, a contractor has been located with specialist trailers equipped with a hydraulic lifting mechanism to raise and lower the houses in about 60 seconds.
„This means that all 57 houses are scheduled to be removed from Larrakeyah Barracks before the start of the wet season.
„Local residents will see some changes to gates, fences and landscaping in the vicinity of the exit gate during the removal process.
„Once removed, the houses will be on-sold by the contractor, while the remaining four homes which are not suitable for relocation will be demolished,“ Mr Griffin said.
Regarding Defence housing at RAAF Darwin, the Government has arranged a meeting with the Northern Territory Government and has commenced negotiations with other interested parties to ensure the maximum number of homes can be moved and refurbished for use by the local Darwin community.
Mr Griffin said, „Indications from Defence are that a large majority of the 395 houses at RAAF Darwin will be suitable for relocation, and Darwin residents can be assured that the Federal Government is committed to ensuring they are available to be used in the Territory“.
„Current Defence planning indicates that the land to be vacated at RAAF Darwin is required for contingency purposes for Defence into the future.
„Damian Hale has made strong representations to me on both of these issues over a number of months, I am impressed with him as a strong local member who delivers for his constituents including and most importantly Defence personnel,“ Mr Griffin said.
Mr Hale said, „This is a good result for the Territory. These houses are needed within our local community and I’m glad to see the Government understands that“.
Cindy Ritchie (Alan Griffin): (02) 6277 7820 or 0414 345 741
Amy Davis (Damian Hale): (08) 8981 3434 or 0409 453 938
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