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Old barracks to become housing?

Two members of the Clarence City Council last month toured the Department of Defence’s now-unused barracks in Cambridge Road, Warrane, which is considered to have potential for a new development aimed at addressing housing affordability and homelessness.

The site was, until recently, used for army cadet training. While the existing buildings — featuring offices, toilets, showers and training rooms—are structurally sound, a substantial investment would be needed to make them compliant with the building code so they will likely be demolished to make way for a greenfield development.

Clarence Mayor Brendan Blomeley and Cr Daniel Hulme recently toured the barracks with Dr Yeong-Han Cheong and other Department of Defence officials.

Mayor Blomeley said the five- hectare site represented a unique opportunity for all three levels of government to work together to address the housing and homelessness crisis.

“I have had productive discussions with State Minister for Housing Guy Barnett, Homes Tasmania and the Federal Minister for Housing and Homelessness Julie Collins,” he said.

“Pleasingly, there is a great deal of goodwill as all three levels of government explore what the potential of the site may be and our respective roles in working together to deliver best outcomes for our community.”

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