With Cabinetsitting in Gapuwiyak this week, Minister for Local Government, Housing andCommunity Development, Gerry McCarthy took the opportunity to visit a recentlycompleted 26-lot subdivision.
The job-creatingproject has transformed a greenfield site into build-ready blocks with Gapuwiyaklocals benefitting from employment and training opportunities.
Ten newhomes have already been constructed in the community with a further ten plannedas part of the Territory Labor Governments $1.1 billion remote housingprogram.
Plans areunderway to build an extra 28 homes at Gapuwiyak over the next five years, subjectto local decision making approval.
Additionally,five homes have been extended and improved under the Room to Breathe programand further works are planned.
Subdivisionshave also been planned for Pirlangimpi, Hermannsburg, Yirrkala, Ramingining,Beswick, Gunbalanya, Wadeye, Maningrida and Galiwinku paving the way formore new homes in remote communities across the Territory. A subdivision inNgukurr has been completed.
Since comingto Government, the Territory Labor Government has built and upgraded more than1400 homes.
As noted by Minister forLocal Government, Housing and Community Development, Gerry McCarthy:
The construction work in Gapuwiyak has created jobs for locals andTerritory businesses and has delivered safe and secure homes for the community.The good news is, there are more to come.
The work we are rolling out in the Territorys remote communities ischanging the housing and social landscape by alleviating overcrowding andimproving living conditions.
Our Government has completely outpaced the CLPs investment in remotehousing. Their woeful track-record proves their care-factor for bushcommunities is zero.
We know that better homes lead to better health, education andemployment outcomes and thats why we continue to build, extend and upgraderecord numbers of remote area homes that are improving the lives of our mostvulnerable Territorians.
Quotesattributable to Member for Arnhem, Selena Uibo.
This newsubdivision is a transformative project for Gapuwiyak that is greatly improvingthe lives of families living in the community.
It has beenwonderful to see how excited families have been after they have moved in totheir completed homes.
I am proudto be part of a government that is delivering such life-changing projects inremote communities and, in doing so, is also ensuring community members aretaking the lead in the planning, design and building of their homes.