At least 18 new homes will be constructed in Ramingining as part of raft of housing works funded by the Territory Labor Government through its remote housing program.
Around $5 million per year for three years has been awarded to Nhulunbuy-based DRG Industries for housing works that include extensions and upgrades to existing homes.
The company, owned by the Gumatj Corporation, is currently mobilising in the East Arnhem community and will begin work within the coming weeks.
In preparation for the construction boom the Aboriginal Business Enterprise has signed up seven new apprentices.
The Ramingining locals will work with the company’s team which includes six other apprentices based in Nhulunbuy.
DRG Industries has a strong track record of employing and training local workers and sourcing materials from the region, including manufacturing concrete blocks and using locally-harvested and milled timber. They will also be working with local suppliers and sub-contractors.
North of Ramingining to Elcho Island, works are underway on the first 14 of 87 houses to be constructed at Galiwin’ku.
Earlier this year the Territory Labor Government awarded Bukmak Constructions a $51 million contract to build and upgrade homes.
Formwork and site preparation have been completed with the first concrete slabs poured this week. Room to Breathe works at the community are set to begin later this month.
Houses are currently under construction in remote areas right across the Territory including Borroloola, Willowra, Maningrida and Alpurrurulam with homes recently completed in Milikapiti, Pmara Jutunta, Ali Curung, Hermannsburg and Jilkminggan.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Remote Housing and Town Camps Chansey Paech:
“The NT Government had invested around $15 million over three years to support the development of better housing in Ramingining.
“Since coming to Government in 2016, we have delivered more than $730 million worth of housing works in remote areas because we are committed to improving housing and reducing the overcrowding that has plagued our communities for many years.
“This is more than simply building and upgrading homes, this is about creating local training and jobs opportunities and supporting businesses.
“We are planting seeds for safer, healthier, sustainable communities.”