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Defence Infrastructure Division

Defence Estate Disposals

Sale of the former Haberfield Army Reserve Depot, Sydney, NSW

The 1.9 hectare former Army Reserve Depot at 140A Hawthorne Parade is surplus to Department of Defence (Defence) requirements and will be divested in accordance with the Commonwealth Property Disposal Policy.


2022 Update

In February 2022, Defence civil works contractor’s commenced on-site works following construction permit approvals from Inner West Council (Council) in December 2021. More recently, Defence obtained permit approval to conduct works external to the site. Defence and Council will ensure the local community are informed of any intrusive or external works involving road and traffic impediments prior to their conduction, in accordance with Council’s permission and community notification timeframes.

Defence is progressing the civil works under a Council approved Development Application for a 22 lot residential subdivision. The scope of works involves; general maintenance upgrades, internal to the site, minor administrative items with Council and engineering works to address an upgrade of the internal and external storm water drainage system. Defence is committed to periodically maintaining and preserving the security and integrity of the site until it transitions from Commonwealth ownership. At this stage, Defence anticipates the full scope of the civil works, including certification and title registration, to be completed prior to end of FY22-23.

In January 2022, Defence and Department of Finance completed all due diligence to address possible alternate uses for the site in accordance with the Commonwealth Property Disposal Policy. No alternate suggestions were made.

Defence and Council are committed to remaining diligent and compliant with NSW Government restrictions to ensure safe social and work practices during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Additional information about the site can be sourced from the below links:

Working safely during the Pandemic

Defence's approach to working safely during the pandemic - October 2021

Community Flyers

February 2022 – Civil works for subdivision – Community flyer

October 2021 – Civil works for subdivision – Community flyer

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ summary

Topics of Interest Focus

Defence Remediation Summary Statement

    - Details on Defence’s previous remediation of the site

Flood Mitigation Statement

    - Information on the engineering works to address Council’s flood requirements for the site

Protection and conservation of tree’s

    - Expert arborist statement regarding preservation of the trees

Haberfield Locality and Reference Maps

March 2022 – Haberfield Site Images

Inner West Council

Council website link about Defence’s civil works


For civil works queries:
Please contact Defence’s lead civil works contractor
1800 351 235 or

Note: BGIS is Defence’s appointed lead contractor and Protek will be conducting the works on site.

For future sale of the site:
Please contact the Defence Estate Disposals Team

For planning matters regarding future development of the site:
Please contact Inner West Council at; or
Log an online enquiry through the Inner West Council website:
Report an issue/Request a service - Inner West Council (