Australia — First Defence Houses Completed in Crace, ACT

The Min­is­ter for Defence Sci­ence and Per­son­nel, the Hon. War­ren Snow­don MP, today hand­ed over the keys to a recent­ly com­plet­ed Defence house in the new Can­ber­ra sub­urb of Crace.
The han­dover is part of the first stage of a four-year mul­ti-mil­lion dol­lar Defence Hous­ing Aus­tralia (DHA) devel­op­ment of up to 300 Defence hous­es.
It comes after DHA won the right to devel­op in Crace as part of a joint ven­ture with the ACT Government’s Land Devel­op­ment Agency. In total, 1,430 res­i­den­tial blocks will be released for sale as part of the devel­op­ment.

“This mul­ti-mil­lion dol­lar Defence Hous­ing Aus­tralia ini­tia­tive will help ease pres­sure on Canberra’s rental mar­ket. “To date 27 Defence hous­es have been com­plet­ed in Crace with a fur­ther eight expect­ed to be fin­ished before Christ­mas. Next year stage two of the project will begin, with 37 hous­es built for Defence per­son­nel and their fam­i­lies,” said Mr Snow­don.

Crace is a 10 minute dri­ve from Can­ber­ra city and five min­utes from the Gun­gahlin shop­ping precinct. “These hous­es will pro­vide Defence mem­bers mov­ing to the ACT with high stan­dard accom­mo­da­tion in a great loca­tion,” Mr Snow­don said. “We expect the hous­es in this area to be quite pop­u­lar as they are close to pub­lic trans­port, local shops, schools and oth­er ameni­ties.” Fed­er­al Mem­ber for Fras­er, Andrew Leigh, wel­comed the announce­ment.

“Gun­gahlin is a won­der­ful place to live and I am pleased to see Defence fam­i­lies mov­ing here. “This Defence project in Crace has pro­vid­ed local jobs and helped local busi­ness­es and this ongo­ing devel­op­ment also helps ease the strain in Canberra’s rental mar­ket. “I wel­come these new defence fam­i­lies to Gun­gahlin and know they’ll find it a great place to live,” Dr Leigh said.

DHA man­ages an $8 bil­lion port­fo­lio at around 18,000 hous­es.

Press release
Min­is­te­r­i­al Sup­port and Pub­lic Affairs,
Depart­ment of Defence,
Can­ber­ra, Aus­tralia

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