Houses Left To Rot

Houses Left To Rot

Northern Territory Opposition Leader Terry Mills

Legacy Of Failure

Victor P Taffa

The Henderson Government’s failure to stand up to the Federal Government on behalf of Territorians is no better illustrated than at the 11-mile in Yarrawonga.

Opposition Leader, Terry Mills, said houses removed from the Larrakeyah Naval Base are sitting empty at the 11-mile instead of being used as homes for people who desperately need an affordable place to live.

“The Henderson Government has let the Commonwealth dictate terms instead of fighting to have the Larrakeyah homes used by Territorians.” Mr. Mills said.

“What should have happened was that the Chief Minister asked the Commonwealth to give the houses, which were going to be demolished, to the Northern Territory.”

“These should have been relocated to vacant land and used by Darwin families and workers struggling to find an affordable home.” Mr. Mills said.

“Last September the Opposition proposed a scheme to develop a workers’ village in Yarrawonga that the Henderson Government rejected.”

“Unfortunately, their own plan to develop a workers accommodation village in Batten Road, Marrara also fell through, meaning the Government has done nothing to resolve the worst housing crisis for decades.”

Mr. Mills said the Henderson Government has also rolled over on the RAAF houses, telling the Commonwealth they support their decision to bulldoze the suburb of Eaton.

“The Chief Minister would rather brown-nose the Gillard Government than argue the case for the RAAF houses.” Mr. Mills said.

“He’s an apologist for the Federal Labor Government and he should hang his head for failing Territorians without so much as a whimper of protest.”

“The suburb of Eaton should be excised for all Territorians, but short of that the houses should be leased to families and workers until the Territory’s accommodation crisis has eased.”

“Unfortunately, Paul Henderson has fallen for the Commonwealth’s line that noise from the Joint Strike Fighter makes the RAAF houses unsuitable, while failing to explain how householders in nearby suburbs including The Narrows, Winnellie and Bagot are expected to endure the additional noise.” Mr. Mills said.

“He should be pulling out all stops to ease the housing crisis caused by his Government’s failed Land Release Policies.”

“Figures on the Treasury website show the extent of the Housing Crisis, putting the cost of Darwin houses in the September Quarter at $581,290 out of reach for many low to middle income families.” Mr. Mills said.