Northern Territory Minister for Housing Gerry McCarthy
Elliott And Marlinja Set For Housing Upgrades
Victor P Taffa
Homes in the Northern Territory’s most central communities are set for upgrades thanks to a $5.5 Million investment by the Northern Territory Government.
Around 60 homes will be upgraded at Elliott’s Wilyugu and Gurungu camps and at the Marlinja Homelands, 25 km north of the town.
“Residents at these communities have participated in planning the repairs and renovations that will lead to opportunities of real jobs for locals.” Minister for Housing Gerry McCarthy said.
“As the local Member for Barkly, I am honoured to be delivering this housing project to these communities and I look forward to my next visit when I’ll see local people on the tools, upgrading homes for local families.”
Successful tenderer, Power Projects, has already been onsite, scoping 3 vacant houses that will be upgraded for use as transitional accommodation.
Elliott locals, Gary Ulamari and Darren Raymond, have joined the Power Projects team as full-time employees and will be working on a range of tasks.
“This investment by the Northern Territory Government will make a big difference to Elliott and Marlinja.” Power Projects General Manager Andrew Harvey said.
“We will be working with residents on the look and feel of the finished product. These are their homes so they should have a say in how they will be repaired.”
Power Projects will also subcontract to a local business and engage with Community Development Program (CDP) workers.
$5.5 Million is part of a $35.5 Million investment through the Northern Territory Government’s Town Camps Futures Unit.