Northern Territory Minister for Housing Gerry McCarthy
Jobs And Housing Transforming Groote Eylandt
Victor P Taffa
Groote Eylandt is a hive of building activity with locals chipping in to build themselves a better future.
Northern Territory Government has built 22 homes at Angurugu, including 3 under its flagship $1.1 Billion remote housing program.
“Building new homes, extending and upgrading existing homes and creating jobs and training opportunities are at the core of generational change and that’s what’s happening on Groote Eylandt.” Minister for Housing Gerry McCarthy said.
“Better homes mean better employment, education, health and lifestyle outcomes and that’s why we are investing in housing in remote areas.”
Upgrade works on 46 homes are now complete. Further, 20 homes will be extended and refurbished at Groote Eylandt’s biggest community as part of the Room to Breathe program which aims to alleviate overcrowding and improve living conditions.
Across the island at Umbakumba, 22 homes have been fully upgraded with another 2 nearing completion and works on 3 others to follow.
“As local member, I am proud to be part of a government that is not only delivering new and upgraded housing for Umbakumba and Angurugu, but also ensuring these communities are taking the lead in the planning, design and building of their own homes.” Member for Arnhem Selena Uibo said.
“These projects are providing real jobs and training opportunities for Groote Eylandt locals, as well as putting in place vital infrastructure that will improve the lives of families living in these communities.”
5 new builds are complete and planning is underway for Room to Breathe works on 22 homes.
“This work has not only meant better housing here on Groote Eylandt but the job opportunities have meant that we have been able to employ locals on a full-time basis.” Aminjarrinja Enterprises Aboriginal Corporation Business Manager Roger Holman said.
Most of the housing work has been completed by Aminjarrinja Aboriginal Corporation which employs 8 Groote Eylandt locals, including 2 carpentry apprentices and 6 trainees.