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New Living program awarded

THE WA Government’s urban renewal program, New Living, has won the United Nations World Habitat Award.

The $320 million program defeated five international finalists.

Housing Minister Kim Hames said New Living enabled more than 2,000 individuals or families to live in a home of their own.

“The World Habitat Award is further endorsement of an initiative already supported by the communities that have benefitted from New Living,” Dr Hames said.

United Nations Building and Social Housing Foundation director Peter Elderfield visited WA in April and inspected a number of New Living projects, including New North, Karawara, Kwinana and Lockridge.

“What impressed me in WA was the quality, housing location and pricing, which was remarkably reasonable,” Mr Elderfield said.

This is the second time Australia has won an award. In 1992, Phylos Homes, Belmont was a runner-up.

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