Debates Day 1 - Tuesday 23 May 1995
Parliamentary Record 11
Debates for 7th Assembly 1994 - 1997; ParliamentNT; Parliamentary Record; 7th Assembly 1994 - 1997
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DEBATES - Tuesday 23 May 1995 accommodation and medium-term housing - $500 000; urban improvement at various centres - $lm ; renovations to nursing accommodation in Tennant Creek - $250 000; and minor works and continuous items - $ 1.32m. Included in this is $200 000 for security for women in public housing. The Acquisition Programs allocation of $600 000 is to allow primarily for the purchase of serviced blocks and spot purchase of existing dwellings, as and when required, to cater for the needs of, and to complement, the capital works program. The Aboriginal Housing and Infrastructure Program is a major component of the Housing Commissions capital works program and is accorded high priority by this government. In 1995-96, new program approvals valued at almost $20.5m, with a $ 19.4m cash allocation, excluding $lm in recoverable works, will be committed for the provision of houses and infrastructure for Aboriginals living in remote communities. This work includes a land servicing provision, totalling $4.5m, and $15.912m for the construction and renovation of houses. This will equate to the provision of 120 serviced blocks on 14 communities and the construction of about 130 dwellings, and about 85 major upgrades. In 1995-96, anticipated expenditure of a capital nature in this program is expected to be $ 19.4m, and that will be spread throughout all regions as follows: Darwin region - $2.248m; Katherine region - $4.48 lm; Tennant Creek region - $2.285m; east Arnhem region - $5,326m; and Alice Springs region - $5.072m. That gives a total of $19.412m. I want to stress that the funding spent on land servicing provides serviced blocks to accommodate the construction of housing within this program as well as serviced blocks to accommodate the ATSIC housing construction program. There is significant expenditure in the Housing Commissions budget for administering and maintaining our existing housing stock. As at the end of 1994-95, the Housing Commission will have approximately 8700 dwellings in general public housing stock across the Territory. The Tenancy Management Program administers housing, and the allocation of the program has increased from $10.96m, in 1994-95, to $11.65m, in 1995-96, an increase of 6.3%. This program includes the payment of rates, taxes and other charges totalling $10.29m, and is up $608 000 from the previous year. The government has been able also to keep the cost of administering the Housing Commission to an increase of approximately 2% despite a predicted 3% to 4% inflation rate. In 1994-95, the anticipated cost is $8.3m and is expected to be $8.5m in 1995-96. To ensure that tenancy management systems keep up with rapidly changing technology, and that any required enhancements can be incorporated, a further allocation of $100 000 has been made in 1995-96. Asset management is a large budget item for the Housing Commission, with almost $12m being allocated for it in 1995-96. Special housing assistance is jointly funded by the Commonwealth and the Territory. The programs that come within this area are mortgage and rental assistance, crisis accommodation and the community housing programs. Mortgage and rental assistance will continue to be provided to those low-income earners who are renting in the private sector. In 1995-96, an allocation of $678 000 has been made for this purpose. In 1995-96, $381 000 is expected to be spent under the crisis accommodation program. The community housing program has been allocated a further $663 000 for projects in 1995-96. Community organisations are invited to provide submissions for projects to be funded by the crisis accommodation and community housing programs. Applications have already been called for 1995-96 but as yet the programs have not been approved. The debt servicing program accounts for $49.55m or some 36.1% of the Housing Commissions proposed expenditure in 3494
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