De­fence Hous­ing Aus­tralia (DHA) has of­fi­cially launched its Torhaven de­vel­op­ment in Dee­bing Heights in Ip­swich. The $78 mil­lion project cov­ers 27ha and will have 294 land lots. It will even­tu­ally de­liver around 100 homes for Aus­tralian De­fence Force per­son­nel and their fam­i­lies, sup­port­ing the Air Force and Army at Ip­swich’s Am­ber­ley base, with the re­main­ing lots be­ing opened to the pub­lic.

The first al­lo­ca­tion of 43 De­fence homes is due to be de­liv­ered in Septem­ber next year, with the sales launch of the first 62 pub­lic pur­chase lots sched­uled to start from Novem­ber.

DHA’s chair­man the Hon­ourable J.A.L Sandy Mac­don­ald and man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Ms Jan Ma­son, re­cently hosted Ip­swich res­i­dent and orig­i­nal landowner Mr Andy Rawl­ings, and Wing Com­man­der Karen Breaden, for the cer­e­mo­nial sod turn­ing event.

“As DHA’s first ma­jor mas­ter­planned com­mu­nity in the Ip­swich re­gion, we are in­deed ex­cited to mark the be­gin­ning of Torhaven,” Mr Mac­don­ald said.

“Our vi­sion for Torhaven is to cre­ate a sus­tain­able and safe park­land com­mu­nity that’s char­ac­terised by high qual­ity homes, tree-lined streets and shared com­mu­nity spa­ces.” Around $2 mil­lion will be spent on parks and open space which will cover about 20 per cent of the site. Prop­erty ser­vices group Oliver Hume has been ap­pointed sales and mar­ket­ing agent for the project.

Oliver Hume Queens­land man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Brin­ton Keath said the project was well po­si­tioned to take ad­van­tage of the strong mar­ket for new land in the Ip­swich growth cor­ri­dor. “We would ex­pect to ex­pe­ri­ence strong de­mand from lo­cal buy­ers look­ing to up­grade into a new home, as well as fam­i­lies mov­ing to the area for em­ploy­ment.”

Torhaven is a name de­rived from Tor, a high rocky hill, and haven, a place of­fer­ing favourable op­por­tu­ni­ties or con­di­tions.

Turn­ing the first sod for the De­fence Hous­ing Aus­tralia project at Torhaven in Ip­swich are (from left) Ip­swich Mayor, Cr An­drew An­to­niolli; Wing Com­man­der Karen Breaden; DHA Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor, Jan Ma­son; An­drew Rawl­ings, and DHA Chair­man, Hon J.A.L...

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