A picturesque community nestled in the Crocodile Islands archipelago is set to become a hive of activity with major housing plans announced this week.
The Territory Labor Government plans to build 32 new homes and upgrade around 20 others in Milingimbi.
A staged sixty-lot subdivision will also be constructed in readiness for new houses.
Works will be carried out over the coming years under the Government’s job-creating remote housing and land servicing programs which include HomeBuild NT and Room to Breathe.
Housing development in the East Arnhem community had been on hold due to a critical water shortage but recent studies revealed the groundwater yield was significantly higher than previously understood.
Improved infrastructure and water conservation measures, implemented in cooperation with the community, have ensured a sustainable water supply while further resources studies are undertaken.
A tranche of additional water capacity has been allocated to the Department of Local Government, Housing and Community Services, meaning priority development can now proceed.
Power and Water is also working to progress a project to expand Milingimbi’s groundwater supply to further support the Territory Government’s housing program on the island.
As noted by Minister for Local Government, Housing and Community Development, Gerry McCarthy:
“These works will provide more homes as well as extensions and upgrades to improve liveability and ease overcrowding because we know decent homes are fundamental to better health, education, employment and social outcomes.
“As with all homes built under Territory Labor’s innovative remote housing program, local workers will be brought on board to boost skills development and employment opportunities.”
As noted by Minister for Renewables, Energy and Essential Services, Dale Wakefield:
“While water security issues have plagued the Milingimbi community for many years, Power and Water has been resolute in its quest for a solution.
“We continue to engage with the community and broader stakeholders to offer the necessary water security to enable future housing developments.”