First Contracts Awarded In Remote Housing Program

First Contracts Awarded In Remote Housing Program

Northern Territory Minister for Housing and Community Development Gerald McCarthy

Room To Breathe: First Remote Housing Contracts to Create Jobs for Territorians

Victor P Taffa

Local jobs for Territorians living in remote Indigenous communities will be created with the first contracts awarded last week for Room to Breathe, part of the Gunner Northern Territory (NT) Government’s flagship remote housing program.

Minister for Housing and Community Development Gerry McCarthy said the Territory Government has fulfilled another election commitment by awarding four Room to Breathe contracts to Indigenous businesses, to build additional living spaces onto existing houses to ease overcrowding, with work expected to start in the coming weeks.

“All Territorians are entitled to control over their life and access to high quality services when our remote communities and regions are strong, the Territory is strong.” Mr. McCarthy said.

“We promised to restore trust in Government by creating jobs and empowering people in the bush, which is why this announcement is so important.”

Mr. McCarthy said the first Room to Breathe work worth $2.7 Million has been awarded to four Indigenous businesses which will create local jobs and employment opportunities and build local capacity.

“NT has significant housing problems that have severely impacted many Territorians for too long, which is why we fast-tracked $10 Million to start Room to Breathe before Budget 17.” Mr. McCarthy said.

“Building additional living spaces under Room to Breathe will improve liveability of remote housing. A good home is an important factor in a good education, good health and good community outcomes.”

Mr McCarthy said today’s announcement was in stark contrast to the chaos of the CLP (Country Liberal Party) Government over the last four years of government.

First 4 tenders have been awarded to the below Indigenous businesses for the following communities:

  • Hermannsburg- Tangentyere Constructions (T/A Sonwane Pty Ltd)
  • Maningrida- Bawinanga Aboriginal Corp
  • Milikapiti- Tiwi Contractors Pty Ltd
  • Ramingining – Bukmak Constructions (ALPA)

Remaining tenders have been released and will be awarded in the first three weeks of May.

“More jobs will be created when the remaining $7.3 Million is awarded to Indigenous businesses.” Mr. McCarthy said.

“Local decision making has guided the roll out of the program local people have worked closely with the Department of Housing and Community Development to decide what additional living spaces they need for their families.”

“We want our remote housing program to be delivered in true partnership with Indigenous communities, because local people make the best decisions about their future and issues that impact them.”

Room to Breathe is part of the Territory Government’s record 10-year $1.1 Billion remote housing program which will create local jobs, joint venture opportunities and increase the demand for the supply of steel and other building materials.

“This will build the local economy and improve outcomes in remote Indigenous communities.” Mr. McCarthy said.