Work under the Home Improvement Scheme (HIS) has officially begun in Alice Springs with over 40 applications already approved.
The HIS, which proved to be the most popular scheme to date, provided homeowner and landlords with generous co-contribution grants to use in the upgrading of their residence.
Over 2400 HIS applications were submitted in Alice Springs, which will contribute to around $20 million in work for local businesses over the next 12 months.
This funding will support a variety of trades – including, construction, plumbing, painting, landscaping – allowing businesses to keep employees in jobs.
Applications for the Business Improvement Grants and Immediate Work Grants have also now closed and are being assessed – it is expected these initiatives will provide even more injection into Alice Springs.
As stated by Deputy Chief Minister Nicole Manison:
“Following the outbreak of COVID-19 our government acted quickly to save lives and save jobs.
“The Home Improvement Scheme is just one of many measures the Territory Labor Government implemented to ensure cash continues to flow through our economy during this unprecedented time.
“It has created a pipeline of work for the next 12 months to support local jobs and businesses in Alice Springs.
As stated by local member for Braitling Dale Wakefield:
“The HIS scheme is providing a much needed cash injection in the Alice Springs economy.
“By keeping these tradies in work we can ensure funds continue to flow through to other sectors of our community, including restaurants, cafes and retail stores. That’s how we bounce back stronger than ever.”