27 October 2013 Olympian’s former home to house Defence families

Defence Housing Australia (DHA) launched its latest residential development at Ermington, NSW. The Ermington site, which was also the home to Olympian and Australian legend Betty Cuthbert, includes 47, two and three-bedroom townhouses.

“It seems fitting that this site, which was once the home of an Australian hero, will now be the home of a very different type of hero - our Defence members and their families,” DHA Managing Director Peter Howman said.

“To maintain the history of the site we have retained the historical cottage.”

Mr Howman said that while DHA wanted to retain the historical presence of the site, it also wanted to make sure the residential development would be future-proof.

“The townhouses have been specifically designed for family living with two or three bedrooms and comfortable living areas to accommodate the whole family. They have been built to a six-star Energy Efficiency Rating, reducing environmental impacts and the cost of living for families,” he said.

“DHA wants to be innovative in its approach to building not just houses but communities. This develop shows just that.”

Since July 2010, DHA has required all new housing to meet a minimum six-star energy efficiency rating. DHA focuses on five key sustainability areas: energy consumption, water consumption, effective waste management, materials, community wellbeing and the ecosystems of local flora and fauna.

DHA has a number of other residential developments in the Sydney metropolitan area including Crimson Hill at Lindfield, Heartwood at Voyager Point and AE2 also at Ermington. It has a pipeline of $1 billion in residential developments planned Australia wide.


Kate McKay, National Manager PR & Advertising
0421 040 098 kate.mckay@dha.gov.au