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WA Premier backs Labor's concerns

Western Australian Premier Colin Barnett has echoed Labor’s concerns about the redevelopment of Seaward Village at Swanbourne in Western Australia.

Labor has been listening to the concerns of SAS families who live at Seaward Village and has been advocating on their behalf.

It comes after the Government and Defence Housing Australia announced plans 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.

Premier Barnett has now joined with Labor in calling for the homes to be refurbished, rather than knocked down and rebuilt on smaller plots.

“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.

“In addition, families are concerned about the inconvenience of moving twice while DHA rebuilds their homes.

“Residents and service associations have also raised concerns that the sell-off will expose personnel and families living at Seaward Village to security issues.

“The Government needs to address security concerns raised about the protection of SAS identities.”

Senator Sue Lines said “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.”