Upgraded defence homes ready
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.