Minister for Housing and Community Development Gerry McCarthy is at Gunbalanya today where the Territory Labor Government is delivering on key priorities of jobs and housing.
Five dwellings, including a duplex, are currently under construction in the remote community 300 km east of Darwin.
These houses are the first of 12 new homes and one replacement home planned for Gunbalanya under the Territory Labor Governments $1.1 billion Our Community. Our Future. Our Homes record housing investment in remote areas.
Territory company SH Build has the building contract for the most recent works at Gunbalanya. About 44 workers, including subcontractors and 12 Aboriginal employees have been involved in the job-creating project to date.
Since coming to Government just over two years ago, ten new and replacement homes have been built and 54 have been upgraded in Gunbalanya. Additionally, two new government employee houses have been built and six have been upgraded.
In remote areas across the Territory, a total of 241 homes have been built, nearly 700 have been upgraded and a further 120 homes across 22 communities have been extended and improved.
As noted by Minister for Housing and Community Development Gerry McCarthy:
The Territory Labor Government is delivering on key priorities of jobs and housing in remote areas across the NT.
We have invested $1.1 billion in our remote housing program to build, extend and improve homes which will offer our most vulnerable Territorians a better chance of succeeding in education and employment.
Our focus on Territory businesses and local participation to deliver the work promotes economic development and skills development.
As noted by Member for Arafura Lawrence Costa:
The Territory Labor Government is delivering jobs and housing and making a big difference to the Gunbalanya community.
Housing has been an issue at the community for a long while but, thanks to our record investment in remote housing, we are seeing changes for the better.
People at Gunbalanya have a sense of ownership over the new homes because they have been involved in the planning and construction.