Located in southern New South Wales, Wagga Wagga is a vibrant regional city nestled on the banks of the magnificent Murrumbidgee River. With an urban population of more than 64,000 people, it is the largest inland city in New South Wales. As the capital of the Riverina region, Wagga offers an exciting and yet relaxed lifestyle for residents and visitors.
Suburbs of Wagga
The rental market can be difficult to enter during the peak posting season as Wagga is not only home to Defence but also Charles Sturt University. Wagga has 21 suburbs which all offer something different depending on what type of lifestyle you are looking for. There is significant growth occurring in the outer suburbs of Wagga. Popular suburbs are Tatton, Bourkelands, Forest Hill, Estella and Lloyd. Kapooka is also popular for families posted to Blamey Barracks as it located directly outside the front gate of the base. Travel time from any of the suburbs to another is no greater than 20 minutes by car.
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Housing assistance review
The annual review of housing assistance for 2019 has been completed by the Department of Defence, with the new rates now published in Online Services. The annual review of service residence and rental allowance contributions involved assessing the national average rent for Defence houses in each rent band, which has resulted in contributions being recalculated based on actual rent changes.
Director Military Conditions and Housing Policy, Derek Cox said providing housing assistance to ADF members was a longstanding policy. "The annual review is undertaken to ensure the Defence requirement of sharing the national cost of housing with members on a 50/50 basis is met each year," Mr Cox said. "The rent band method offers transparency for calculating contribution increases based on actual rental increases rather than forecasts."
Member contributions for living-in accommodation will be adjusted in line with the September 2018 rents and utilities subcomponents of the consumer price index. Casual meal rates and the fortnightly meal contribution will also be reviewed to ensure any revised rates are based on the reasonable recovery of actual national average costs incurred by Defence in providing meals.
The new rates will be reflected in members' salaries in February 2019.
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Victory Memorial Gardens, National Glass Art Gallery, Museum of the Riverina, Wagga Wagga Botanic Gardens, Lake Albert, Temora Aviation Museum, Willans Hill Miniature Railway, Downside Bush Dance
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