Bishop has ear of review chief on Seaward Village redevelopment

CURTIN MHR Julie Bishop says she has already briefed Lieutenant-General Mark Evans on concerns held by Swanbourne SAS families about the proposed redevelopment of Seaward Village.

Last Wednesday, Assistant Defence Minister Darren Chester announced that General Evans would review the $165 million Defence Housing Australia (DHA) proposal that involves demolishing a 22ha soldiers village and using half for private housing and the remainder for new Defence homes.

The review’s terms of reference are still being finalised, but General Evans will consult Defence personnel, family members and other stakeholders as part of the review, expected to be released to the Federal Government early next year.

Ms Bishop said she had spoken with SAS families and Swanbourne residents and was concerned about several issues.

“So I spoke to Stuart Robert (former assistant defence minister) and Darren Chester and told them a review would be well received,” she said.