31 August 2018
Local jobs and local decision making underpin the Territory Labor Government’s commitment to building and improving remote housing.
Since coming to Government two years ago, 220 new houses have been completed and hundreds more have been upgraded in communities throughout the Northern Territory.
Additionally, there are 28 new government-employee houses.
In Yirrkala, tenants have recently moved into 13 new houses while in Ramingining 10 families now have brand new homes.
The Territory Labor Government’s undertaking to increase and upgrade housing across the NT is part of its long-term plan to create generational change that will improve the lives of people in remote areas.
The NT Government-funded $1.1 billion remote housing investment package – a ten-year job-creating plan – will transform housing in remote communities.
As part of this investment, works to reduce overcrowding by increasing living spaces have been completed at 118 homes in communities across the Territory through the Room to Breathe program. All changes have been made in consultation with the tenants to achieve the best outcomes. Improved living spaces also provide opportunities for family-based accommodation options for kinship care and aged or high-dependency tenants.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Housing and Community Development Gerry McCarthy:
“Jobs and housing are key priorities for the Territory Labor Government.
“We have begun the task of creating generational change to improve the lives of people in remote communities.
“Since coming to Government two years ago we have been committed to addressing the critical housing shortage and the shocking state of some of the housing in remote areas and, even though this is a long-term plan, there has already been a difference made at the grass-roots level.”
Quotes attributable to Ramingining Housing Tenant, Marley Djangirri who lives in one of the new houses with her daughter, son-in-law, sister and two young grandchildren:
“We are very happy in our brand new home that we moved into in July.
“There’s lots of room and the house is cyclone safe which is a good thing in this area.
“I have already started a garden with banana and tamarind trees, passionfruit and guava as well as native trees.
“It is nice to be here and we all feel very comfortable.”
Contact: Jasmin Afianos – 0419 361 127.