Several Housing Projects Underway At Groote Eylandt Communities

Several Housing Projects Underway At Groote Eylandt Communities

Northern Territory Minister for Housing and Community Development Gerry McCarthy

Jobs And Housing Focus On Remote Arnhem Islands

Victor P Taffa

Several construction projects are underway at communities on Groote Eylandt and its neighbouring Bickerton Island.

Progress at Angurugu:

  • 10 new homes have been completed,
  • 3 are expected to be handed over next week,
  • 7 replacement houses are currently in the planning stages,
  • 2 additional houses are currently in the planning stages.

“Jobs and housing are key priorities for the Territory Government and these remote areas projects are focused on housing, jobs and training.” Minister for Housing and Community Development Gerry McCarthy said.

“Works on Groote Eylandt and Bickerton Island reflect our plan to change the housing and social landscape in remote communities.”

There have been 43 houses upgraded so far and another 3 homes are currently being renovated.

Contractor GEBIE Civil and Construction has a team of 8 working on new builds and renovations. This includes 4 Angurugu locals who are involved in all aspects of the works including:

  • Cleaning,
  • Community consultations,
  • Fencing,
  • Helping with carpentry and block work and assisting tradies and plant operators,
  • Painting,
  • Site set up.

At Umbakumba, on the island’s north east coast,

  • 3 Replacement houses have been built,
  • 2 New builds are nearing completion.

Upgrade works have been completed on 16 homes and an additional 11 houses will be refurbished.

“When the Chief Minister and I visited Bickerton Island in May, fencing was raised by community members as one of the housing issues they wanted addressed.” Member for Arnhem Selena Uibo said.

“As local member, I am very proud to be part of a government delivering on these projects, which not only create jobs for locals but provide safety and security for community members.”

Over the next 12 months, Room to Breathe works will commence on 22 homes at Umbakumba through the Territory Government’s record $1.1 Billion investment in remote housing program, Our Community. Our Future. Our Homes.

At Bickerton Island’s Milyakburra, Aminjarrinja Enterprises has recently been awarded a tender to build additional living spaces to 12 houses, also part of the Room to Breathe program which aims to ease overcrowding. The tender was select to Aboriginal Business Enterprises.

“Northern Territory Government investment in remote communities is starting to make a difference.” GEBIE Civil and Construction General Manager Glen Smith said.

“Investment in local contractors, like GEBIE Civil and Construction, equates to long term benefits for communities.”

65 homes in 3 communities will benefit from fencing works.

Contractor, Aminjarinja Enterprises Aboriginal Corporation, has already completed construction of fences at Groote Eylandt’s Umbakumba and works are in progress at nearby Angurugu and Milyakburra.

Similar contracts have already been completed in Lake Evella, Tara, Lajamanu and Yuendumu.