Up­graded de­fence homes ready

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Fashion -

HOMES tough enough to bat­tle the sea but softly dec­o­rated will wel­come back SAS fam­i­lies who move into the first of De­fence Hous­ing Aus­tralia’s (DHA) re­fur­bished houses at Seaward Vil­lage, Camp­bell Bar­racks in Swan­bourne next month.

“We’ve done com­plete ren­o­va­tions with all-new kitchens, blinds, bath­rooms, floor cov­er­ings, lawns and retic­u­la­tion, pavers and ve­ran­das, and re­verse-cy­cle air­con­di­tion­ing, when they were pre­vi­ously evap­o­ra­tive sys­tems,” DHA pro­gram di­rec­tor Craig Smith said.

In 2016, DHA was forced by SAS and Swan­bourne ratepay­ers’ op­po­si­tion to re­verse pro­posed de­mo­li­tion of half of the 22ha, 153-home vil­lage used mostly by the mar­ried and ex­pe­ri­enced op­er­a­tors in the elite reg­i­ment.

A Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment re­view found many of the homes had been not main­tained for sev­eral years, lead­ing to al­le­ga­tions DHA had been pre-empt­ing the failed sale.

Last Wed­nes­day, about 50 SAS and other mil­i­tary fam­i­lies toured one of the first com­pleted ren­o­va­tions at a three-bed­room, two-bath­room home of a type in­tended for se­nior non-com­mis­sioned of­fi­cers and their fam­i­lies.

Each home has been painted in neu­tral colours, and the vil­lage’s close­ness to the sea was con­sid­ered dur­ing the ren­o­va­tions.

“The salt comes in, so we’ve put in long-last­ing, low-main­te­nance ex­ter­nal fit­tings, and the roofs have been re­sealed and re­painted,” Mr Smith said.

The sec­ond stage of ren­o­va­tions to up­grade an­other 43 homes in the vil­lage will start in July.

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