An indoor water dispenser will open in the heart of a Sydney suburb for the first time after the owners of a four-bedroom house in the city were told it was too expensive.
The building at 1260 Stirling Rd in Wollongong has been vacant for a decade, with the owner, who is no longer associated with the property, not willing to sell it.
It is expected to open as part of the first of the new Water Fountains project, which is being funded by the Victorian Government and is being developed by a local firm.
The water dispensers are being installed at various locations in the house and are expected to be operational by the end of 2019.
Mr Scott, a retired electrical engineer, bought the property for $2.5 million in 2008 and lived there until this year, when the water dispensing project became a challenge.
The owner said he was unable to find a buyer for the property.
Mr Scott said he had been struggling to find another home for his family, with a job in the mining industry.
“I didn’t want to lose my family and my work because I was too broke to be able to take care of them,” he said.
“My daughter has to go to school and I have to work so I am just looking for somewhere else to live.”
He said the new water dispensering would be able “to give the family something a bit more secure”.
“It’s a really good place to live,” he added.
The Water Fords project is being run by a consortium of private developers and is expected for completion by the first half of 2019, with construction expected to begin in 2019.
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