Building bush: $20 million for housing in Gunbalanya

NT Government

A remote community set within the Arnhem Land escarpment is the latest focus of the Territory Labor Government’s remote housing program, with a tender awarded for the first tranche of a $20 million investment.

A joint venture between Aboriginal Business Enterprises Demed Aboriginal Corporation and Dice will construct at least 44 new homes in the community, which has a population of around 1200.

More than 40 existing homes will be extended and refurbished under the innovative Room to Breathe program.

The contract is to run over three years, enabling sustainable employment and training opportunities for locals. The first tranche of works is worth $4.8 million.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Remote Housing and Town Camps Chansey Paech:

“These works are another step forward in our remote housing program.

“Locals will be involved in these projects and will have the opportunity to gain certifications and experience in the building industry that will shore up their job and career prospects into the future.

“The Territory Labor Government is walking the walk when it comes to investing in the bush. We have delivered more than $999 million worth of housing and related infrastructure works into remote communities since we came to government; and for the upcoming financial year we have committed $690 million towards our program.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Arafura Lawrence Costa:

“This is very exciting news for Gunbalanya residents who have waited a long time for better housing.

“Through Local Decision Making, residents have helped to plan these works and they will continue to be involved through the construction phase.

“I’m looking forward to seeing the rollout of works and receiving feedback from the Gunbalanya community.”

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