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Combet inspects new Defence housing in Townsville.



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THE HON. GREG COMBET MP Minister for Defence Personnel, Materiel and Science

www.defence.gov.au

Friday, 28 August 2009 050/2009

COMBET INSPECTS NEW DEFENCE HOUSING IN TOWNSVILLE

The Minister for Defence Personnel, Materiel and Science, the Hon Greg Combet MP, today visited a Defence housing construction site in Townsville, as part of the Nation Building-Economic Stimulus Plan.

“These new homes are just some of the 118 Defence houses being built in Townsville over the next two years by Defence Housing Australia (DHA), as part of the Stimulus Plan,” Mr Combet said.

“The constructions are injecting over $31.8m into Townsville businesses and the local construction industry. It is also directly creating over 85 local jobs and indirectly benefitting many more.”

Prospero Homes and local builders Darryl Boggotto Constructions, Ron Jones The Builder and Peter Breen Constructions are building these Defence houses.

“These companies pride themselves on using local sub-contractors and materials when possible. They are generating and maintaining local jobs by employing local people, who are then giving back to the community,” Mr Combet said.

“There are 26 houses already completed in Townsville and handed over to DHA. These houses will be provided to Australian Defence Force (ADF) members and their families, who are posted to the Townsville area.”

DHA has created an Apprenticeship Support Scheme to complement the extra construction generated by the Rudd Government’s Nation Building and Economic Stimulus Plan.

“Four apprentices are employed as part of the scheme in Townsville. They have been working on Defence houses since July and DHA is providing half of their wage for the full four years of their apprenticeship.”

DHA supplies housing and related services to Australian Defence Force members and their families in line with Defence operational requirements. DHA currently manages 17,300 properties across Australia, worth about $7.6 billion.

Please note Defence Media has a new phone number: 02 6127 1999.

The existing number will be automatically diverted to the new number for three months. The existing after-hours duty mobile 0408 498 664 will remain.

Media contacts: Rod Hilton (Greg Combet): 02 6277 4771 or 0458 276 619 Defence Media Liaison: 02 6127 1999 or 0408 498 664