In just three years, the TerritoryLabor Government has completed 1500 homes in remote areas.
Works,now rolling out in communities across the NT, include new builds, upgrades,extensions and renovations.
Separately,subdivisions are being created in several communities to allow for theconstruction of more homes.
TheTerritory Labor Government has invested $1.1 billion in its community-led,job-creating remote housing program.
Thisten-year commitment, augmented by current and historic joint fundingarrangements, paves the way for tangible and sustainable change in theTerritorys remote areas.
Theprograms success is exemplified at Santa Teresa where 93 out of 99 homes at theCentral Australian community have been fully upgraded. Five homes have beenbuilt with another two planned.
Now,31 homes will be extended as part of the Territory Labor Governmentsinnovative Room to Breathe program where extra living spaces are added toexisting homes to alleviate overcrowding.
Acontract for the first 19 homes has been awarded to Aboriginal BusinessEnterprise, Ingkerreke Commercial. With local workers on board, works are wellunderway with two homes completed so far.
TheTerritory Labor Governments successful remote housing program totally eclipsesthe CLPs shameful legacy in the bush where in their last two years ofGovernment, they built just two houses.
Quotesfrom Chief Minister Michael Gunner:
OurGovernment has a plan to build better homes and better futures for Territoriansin remote areas.
Weknow that good housing is the foundation for generational change and thats whyare working with communities to deliver safer, healthier, more functionalhomes.
Ourcommunity-led model not only gives people a say in the planning and design oftheir own homes but it creates jobs for locals which is the Territory LaborGovernments number one priority.
Quotesfrom Minister for Local Government, Housing and Community Development, GerryMcCarthy:
SantaTeresa is a good example of how our commitment to redrawing the Territorysremote housing model is improving lives in remote communities.
Overcrowdingis the most significant factor in homelessness in the Northern Territory andinvesting in more homes, and more living spaces in existing homes, is our planto eliminate overcrowding and reduce homelessness.
Betterhomes mean better health, education, employment and social outcomes and 1500remote area homes across the NT shows the Territory Labor Government isdelivering for people in the bush.
Quotesfrom Member for Namatjira, Chansey Paech:
Therehas been a lot of construction and renovation work out at Santa Teresa andpeople from the community have told me that improved housing is making apositive difference to their lives.
Ithas also been a good opportunity for locals to become involved in all aspects -from planning their homes to helping to build them.