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Second World War hero honoured in naming ceremony.



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MEDIA RELEASE The Hon. Teresa Gambaro, MP Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence

Media contact: Michelle Smytheman (Parl Sec) 0418 777 498 Adam Davey (DHA) 02 6277 1180 or 0421 040 133

Defence Media Liaison 02 6265 3343 or 0408 498 664

PARLSEC 075/05 Thursday, 4 August 2005

Second World War hero honoured in naming ceremony

A new housing development in Queanbeyan, NSW, was officially opened and named today by the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence, Ms Teresa Gambaro, MP.

Ms Gambaro marked the completion of the Defence Housing Authority (DHA) development by naming the estate after local Second World War veteran Byron Dawes.

Lance Sergeant Byron George Dawes was born in Queanbeyan in 1912. He served in the Middle East, North Africa and New Guinea in World War 2, and was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for his actions in New Guinea in November 1943. In 1953 he became an attendant at the Australian War Memorial and he died in 1978.

“With the new Defence headquarters planned for Bungendore, this new development will allow ADF members to live in close proximity to the new base, and to existing defence base HMAS Harman and Russell Offices,” said Ms Gambaro. “Queanbeyan is an ideal location for residences for members of the ADF and their families,” she said.

Gallagher Close, also in the estate, is named after three sisters from the Gallagher family who all served as nurses in World War 1. They were born and educated in nearby Braidwood.

Dawes Terrace includes 38 DHA homes - including townhouses and houses - built at a cost of $12 million. The homes are three or four bedrooms with en-suites, large living areas, backyards, lock-up garages and balconies.

DHA provides modern quality housing, along with responsive and efficient property management and relocation services to ADF members and their families and investors.

Houses in Dawes Terrace are available to the public as investment properties through the DHA Sale and Leaseback Program.

Fore more information on properties available through the Sale and Leaseback program, visit www.dha.gov.au. DHA manages approximately 17,000 residences around Australia.

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