Defence housing sell-off in the works
By Emma Sleath, Rohan Barwick
The Department of Defence will sell up to 40 houses in Alice Springs over the next few years as they prepare to move Pine Gap staff into new housing.
The Commonwealth Department of Defence has called for tenders for the sale of 30 - 40 houses it co-owns with the US defence facility near Alice Springs.
The sales will be staggered over the next two financial years and sold on the open market at full market value.
The Southern Delegate of the Real Estate Inistitute of NT (REINT), Andrew Doyle, says new units are currently being constructed for Pine Gap staff at the Mt Johns Valley subdivision.
"There are 40 new units that have started construction at Mt Johns, so I assume it's just part of their process," he says.
"They sold off about ten houses last year with very little fanfare and I think they're just going through a process of reducing their older stock..."
Mr Doyle says the houses have attracted high interest when sold in the past.
"Back in the mid-2000s I think we auctioned off 15 or so," he says.
"They have a very strong maintenance program with all of their older houses and a number of them that have been sold off in the past have been sold off in very good condition," he says.
Defence houses are located in areas including Sadadeen, New Eastside and Gillen.
Mr Doyle says he doesn't anticipate the sales will have a significant effect on the market.
"We've never seen any negative impact on our market through the release of their property."
(Interview with Andrew Doyle featured on Drive with Rohan Barwick)
Plans for a residential complex for Pine Gap staff at Mt Johns (Alice Springs News Online, July 2012) (courtesy Alice Springs News Online)