The Council of Territory Co-operation Committee First Report February 2010
Tabled paper 714
Tabled papers for 11th Assembly 2008 - 2012; Tabled papers; ParliamentNT
Tabled By Gerard Wood
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Council of Territory Co-operation 15 First Report complete. The report at that time shows that 78 refurbishments/ rebuilds were projected to be completed by December 2010.42 Responding to Council members questions about the gap between reported work commenced and the previously stated projected commencements, Mr Andrew Kirkman, Executive Director SIHIP (DLGH) said: There is a significant amount of work that does need to be done in the next couple of months. ..there are works commencing in the 20 southern refurbishment communities at Ali Curung this week. There is, obviously, work also under way in Tennant Creek. All those communities have work either underway or targeting that figure for the end of the year commencement of works. 43 Recommendation 1 The Council recommends that governments note that it is the Councils opinion that the Northern Territory Government is still the best positioned government to manage SIHIP. Its members and the members of the Territory Parliament are far better positioned to know the Northern Territorys remote areas than Federal Parliamentarians and Ministers. Recommendation 2 The Council recommends that the program should be allowed to roll out its refurbishments and rebuilds to the standards originally promised. Recommendation 3 The Council recommends the Northern Territory Government work with the Australian Government to ensure that stock from SIHIP meets minimum Territory Housing standards. Recommendation 4 The Council recommends that the transition period from a new, rebuilt or refurbished house being completed, checked for successful completion and handed over to new tenants be streamlined to minimise any delay of occupancy. Average size and cost/ housing design One of the findings of the SIHIP review was that construction of new houses would have an average target cost of $450,000.44 The Council queried how the difference was determined in average costs of houses prior to and after the review and what effect the determined price would have on size and quality of new houses. Mr Ken Davies (DCM) assured the Council that some houses may be smaller but that the quality of materials and durability of the houses will not be compromised and will comply with building standards. Mr Davies anticipated that cost savings will be made in standard housing design and production that will help ensure that SIHIP meets its targets.45 Dr David Ritchie, the then Chief Executive of the Department of Local Government and Housing (DLGH) explained that the original average cost of $350,000 was based on existing tender prices during the period 2005-06 and the standards set out by the 42 DLGH, Program Spreadsheet, CTC Tabled Paper No.2, 9 November 2009. 43 LANT, CTC, Transcript of Proceedings, Darwin, Monday 9 November 2009, p.44. 44 FaHCSIA and NTG, SIHIP Review, pp.33, 40. 45 LANT, CTC, Transcript of Proceedings, Darwin, Monday 9 November 2009, pp.8-9, 15.
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