DEFENCE Housing Australia’s plan to build 300 units on the Stockton peninsula remains on track, as the federal body prepares to lodge part of its proposal with Newcastle and Port Stephens councils.
Newcastle council is assessing Defence Housing’s proposal for one of two Stockton military sites – historic Fort Wallace – that comprise its $150 million housing plan for Defence employees and civilians.
Plans for the other – the Fern Bay Rifle Range – will soon go before Newcastle and Port Stephens councils, Defence Housing development manager Gully Coote said.
Defence Housing is a federal government enterprise that bought the 111-hectare Fern Bay Rifle Range site and Fort Wallace, of about 32 hectares, in 2015 from the federal Department of Defence.
The Rifle Range site is earmarked for about 200 units, and the rest will be built around Fort Wallace.
Despite the concerns of some Stockton residents, Defence Housing has denied it plans to acquire the Stockton Centre group home between the two proposed housing sites, telling the Herald the centre has “nothing to do with us”.
The body says the development and construction on both sites could create 1180 jobs.