A warm welcome from DHA
Defence Housing Australia (DHA) would like to welcome all new Defence members and their families to Wagga Wagga.
Over the coming peak posting period, the DHA Property and Tenancy Team will be hard at work assisting families with the vacancy process, and welcoming new Defence families to the region.
Our housing portfolio in Wagga Wagga consists of almost 300 Service Residences with the majority between 6 and 15 years of age and a quarter built more recently. There are a variety of properties, from large four bedroom houses with two living areas and generous backyards to smaller houses and villas with a large open-plan living space and lower maintenance yards.
Most Service Residences have ducted evaporative cooling and ducted gas heating while a few have reverse cycle ducted air conditioning.
The main Defence bases in Wagga Wagga are RAAF Base Wagga and Kapooka Army Barracks. The closest suburbs to each base are:
- Kapooka which has 56 properties near Blamey Barracks
- Forest Hill with 42 properties near RAAF Base Wagga.
We also have a presence in the new developments of Gobbagombalin, Boorooma, Lloyd and Estella as well as more established suburbs such as Central, Tatton, Bourkelands, Kooringal and Glenfield Park.
For single Defence members, we have LEAP accommodation at both bases with overflow accommodation in non-LEAP rooms. All bookings for Living-in Accommodation are available in Online Services or as part of your application for relocation.
LEAP accommodation is self-contained rooms with a kitchenette including sink, fridge and microwave. The room size is at least 24 square meters and includes a private ensuite, carport and secure external storage area. Each Defence member can select to have the room furnished or non-furnished.
Non-LEAP rooms are typically less than 24 square meters, with shared bathrooms and cooking facilities in the common area.
We look forward to meeting the newly posted Defence members and their families and wish those leaving Wagga Wagga a safe journey to their new posting.
The Defence Community Hub offers a wealth of information about posting to Wagga Wagga. Visit defencecommunityhub.org.au
Step by step guide on how to prepare your heater:
Clean and close the evaporative cooler air vents throughout the house (square shaped vents). Locate the heating grill, unscrew it and vacuum the filter pad (do this fortnightly throughout winter as this ensures the air being pushed through your ducted heating is clean and also prevents the motor from overheating). Open the heating vents in each room that you wish to heat (circular vents).
If you find your heater is not functioning, please report this ASAP by calling 139 342 to ensure maintenance is completed before winter arrives.
Keeping warm in winter without excessive gas bills!
Autumn is the perfect time of the year to start preparing for your first Wagga winter and those trips to the snowfields. While ducted heating is very effective, incorrect use of the system can cause higher than expected gas bills.
Here are some tips:
- Close off one or two bedrooms in the house, and close doors to re-direct the heating to the living areas.
- Use door runners to keep cold air from blowing in through gaps under doors.
- Close the blinds on windows.
- If you have curtain rails in your property, use them.
- Vinyl backed curtains are the best self-help option to insulate your home further.
- Use rugs in tiled areas and ensure all family members have slippers or non-slip home socks as the tiles remain cold.
- Wear warm clothing even when you are inside your home.
- Use warm bedding such as flannelette sheets and plush blankets.
Many people see being posted here as a great excuse to update their winter wardrobe!
Most importantly, we recommend setting your heating temperature to no more than 19 degrees. When it’s five degrees outside, 19 degrees inside the home is warm.
On behalf of DHA, we would like to officially welcome you to Wagga Wagga once again and we hope you have a great posting.
Forbes, Isabelle <Isabelle.Forbes@dha.gov.au>
195/193 Morgan St, Wagga Wagga NSW 2650