Released 17/10/2014

The first stage of the redevelopment and revitalisation of the precinct containing Allawah Court, Bega Court and Currong Apartments has begun with the lodging of the Development Application (DA), for the demolition of the Currong Apartments.

Identified in the City Plan as an area of significant growth, it is planned that each of these government owned properties will be progressively redeveloped over the next five years.

The Community Services Directorate, CSD, has undertaken significant planning and extensive community consultation.

The height limits for the redevelopment have been modified as a result of community feedback.

The area currently occupied by the Currong Apartments will have stepped building heights with a minimum number of three storeys up to a maximum of eight storeys, while the remainder of the site will have stepped development with heights of up to 12 storeys.

The Currong Apartments currently houses students and CSD is working with those tenants to source new accommodation, including advising relevant university and student accommodation providers of the redevelopment and opportunities to engage the tenants.

CSD is also working with public housing tenants of both Allawah and Bega Courts, and will assist them in relocating to accommodation that best suits their individual needs. CSD is also liaising with community organisations which support tenants living in these properties.

In addition, CSD has set up a Government and community agency committee to actively support tenants transferring to new accommodation options. The Linking into New Communities (LINC) committee will assess tenants individual needs and will link them into new supports and communities offering pre and post transfer support

Once the DA for the demolition of the Currong Apartments has been approved, tenders will be called, and it is anticipated that work will commence in early 2015.

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