Remote Barkly communities find room to breathe

Every home in the remote Barklycommunity of Tara will be extended or upgraded as part of the Territory LaborGovernments innovative Room to Breathe program.

Additional bedrooms andbathrooms, enclosed verandahs, dust-suppression works and painting are amongstthe scheduled improvements.

Territory company, Ri-ConContractors, will be carrying out works on 19 homes at the remote community,just off the Stuart Highway between Tennant Creek and Alice Springs. Three of thehomes will be used to support Territory Families kinship carers.

Work began this week on twohomes that will be used as transition accommodation.

Having just completed theconstruction of 14 homes at Minyerri, Ri-Cons team of six has moved to Tara wherethey will partner with local workers and subcontractors on the job-creatingproject.

A hundred kilometres north atAli Curung, Room to Breathe work on 14 homes is already underway withcontractor, Harvey Developments expecting to complete the transition homes bythe end of the month. Ali Curung locals and two Aboriginal apprentices fromTennant Creek, are employed on the project.

Further homes are beingconsidered for future works at the community.

As stated by Minister for Local Government, Housing andCommunity Development, Gerry McCarthy:

Our remote housing program isalleviating overcrowding and improving living conditions in Tara, Ali Curungand dozens of other communities throughout the NT.

Innovative Room to Breathehousing works supporting kinship carers are included in the program andrepresent improved amenity, safety and security for remote families who aresupporting Aboriginal children in out of home care.

The Territory LaborGovernments Room to Breathe program is driven by Local Decision Making sotenants are able to tell us what improvements and additions they need to maketheir homes functional, liveable and safe.

Unlike the calamitous CLP, whosework on remote housing nosedived to record low levels, the Territory LaborGovernment is changing the housing landscape in remote areas. So far we havebuilt and fully upgraded more than 1400 houses because we care about people inthe bush and we know that good housing is the key to generational change.

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