Standing up for Canberra

Government must come clean on plans for Seaward Village

Labor is calling on the Government to immediately explain its plans for the redevelopment of Seaward Village at Swanbourne in Western Australia.

Seaward Village consists of 153 houses and is home to SAS members and their families.

The Government and Defence Housing Australia are planning to sell off part of the land at the village for private non-Defence housing.

The Government is also proposing to knock down the current homes at Seaward Village and rebuild them on smaller plots, to meet new standards and regulations.

“SAS families would prefer their homes were refurbished so they could keep the current size of their plots, particularly as residents understand that to meet new standards the homes only need to have an additional ensuite and a new carport," Ms Brodtmann said.

“Families are also concerned about the inconvenience of moving twice while DHA rebuilds their homes.

“To make matters worse, residents say there has not been adequate consultation, leading to confusion over what phase of planning the redevelopment is actually in, as well as the timeframe of the proposed work.

“In June last year, DHA said it would conduct a full survey to gauge the residents’ response to the redevelopment proposal – yet it has apparently not done this.”

DHA also needs to address concerns raised about the protection of SAS identities.

“I’m calling on the Government and DHA to respond to the legitimate concerns of residents at Seaward Village, and to significantly improve communication and consultation.”