Northern Territory Shadow Minister for Essential Services John Elferink
Bogged Down By Incompetence
Victor P Taffa
The Announcement that Ethan Affordable Housing has lodged a proposal to develop 92 self-contained Apartments for aged tenants in supported accommodation in Darwin’s CBD shows the Henderson Government’s affordable rental strategy is mired in confusion and bogged down by incompetence.
Shadow Minister for Essential Services and Member for Port Darwin, John Elferink, said the Manton Street site chosen for the new development was originally earmarked for 88 Apartments as part of the National Rental Affordability Scheme and promoted as workers’ accommodation.
“However the Government was busted trying to develop supported accommodation instead of affordable housing for workers.” Mr. Elferink said.
“Instead of self-contained accommodation, the units were tiny and there were shared kitchen and living facilities.”
“The community was angered by the Government’s deceit and eventually the application was withdrawn.” Mr. Elferink said.
“Housing Minister, Chris Burns, should explain what he’s done to alleviate the Territory’s rental affordability crisis for workers.”
“Rents across the Territory are amongst the highest in the country and Darwin has Australia’s highest Capital City Rents.” Mr. Elferink said.
“The Henderson Government has made a hash of land release, which has increased housing prices, and its plan for workers’ villages in Darwin and Alice Springs has collapsed.”
“The Manton Street development is no longer a National Rental Affordability Scheme project and raises further questions about the Government’s ability to solve the rental crisis.” Mr. Elferink said.