07 May 2024 Lee Point development to provide much needed housing in Darwin


The Chair and Acting Managing Director of Defence Housing Australia (DHA) are in Darwin for meetings with the Northern Territory Government to discuss the Lee Point development.

The former Defence site at Lee Point will provide much needed housing for local residents, Australian Defence Force (ADF) members and their families in Darwin.

The project delivers a significant number of residential housing lots for the Darwin market along with a new primary school area, 14.25 hectares of open park space, active recreation areas and a community centre area. There will also be potential for a childcare centre among other community facilities.

Since the project’s commencement, DHA has obtained all primary approvals to undertake the development, including planning, environmental and cultural heritage approvals and is committed to continuing to work with the local Government to comply with all conditions for the development.

Within the site, 33.9 hectares of land will be set aside for conservation purposes, 22 hectares of which will be transferred to the NT Government Department of Environment, Parks and Water Security. A 50-metre-wide wildlife corridor will also be established along the northern boundary of the site to help preserve the Gouldian Finch.

DHA will continue to work with the Northern Territory Government to ensure all conditions are met for future works.

The Lee Point project is set on a 132-hectare site and will deliver 740 lots over eight stages with at least 211 homes to be retained for ADF housing. The remaining lots will be sold to the public.

The project is expected to be completed in 2033.

Defence Housing Australia Chair, Dr Robert Lang and DHA Acting Managing Director, Mr Paul Groenewegen said:

“We are in Darwin to reaffirm our commitment to working with the Northern Territory Government and the local community on Lee Point to deliver housing for the Darwin community and ADF members and their families.

“Having already completed site works for Stage 1A, DHA commenced works for Stage 2 last week to progress the project before the wet season. This marked an important step forward after a pause of nearly two years while environmental and cultural matters were addressed.”