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The Council of Territory Co-operation Committee First Report February 2010



The Council of Territory Co-operation Committee First Report February 2010

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Council of Territory Co-operation 17 First Report were established by the Australian Government in relation to the houses to be built. FaHCSIA and DLGH officials advised that: Targets set at the establishment of the program were based on a desktop audit undertaken by the Northern Territory Government, looking at the number of existing houses in the 73 communities and the occupancy rates. This was undertaken to inform an equitable split of capital works across the communities based on the expected cost of works at that time. 51 Some alliance members noted that while their contracts do not require them to build, or refurbish more houses if the budget enables that, it may be possible to build more than targeted. Mr Alan McGill, Manager Territory Alliance, delivering SIHIP packages in the Tiwi Islands, Maningrida, Minjilang, Warruwi, Galiwinku and Alice Springs town camps, said: The average mix of housing is another factor in this. They are not all three-bedrooms, half of them are going to be, but there is a mixture of single persons accommodation, which is what people are asking for, so the number of dwellings overall might well exceed 85, but we would keep in the budget of what houses will cost, whatever the figure is, and some will be a lot less because they are smaller. 52 In relation to construction costs running over the average targeted costs, Mr Kirkman (DLGH) said that each partner of the alliances will share in cost over and underspends, which includes Australian and Northern Territory Governments as both are alliance partners.53 Funding for associated infrastructure costs The SIHIP review outlined that the programs revised budget would focus on housing and that costs associated with housing related essential services infrastructure will be determined in the audit of municipal and essential services being undertaken as part of the NPA.54 Funding for housing related essential services will come initially from the NPA and the Northern Territory Government, however, the review noted: Over the 10 year life of the National Partnership and following the outcomes of the Audit, governments will need to work together to establish long-term financial arrangements. 55 The Council is concerned that there is no evidence that NPA arrangements will deliver necessary housing related infrastructure to new or refurbished housing in remote areas when there is already pressure on essential services delivery in the Territorys non-remote areas. Mr Davies (DCM) said that there are comprehensive infrastructure plans being developed, using Australian and Northern Territory Government funds, in each of the SIHIP communities to ensure that there is adequate infrastructure in place. In relation to power supply, Mr Davies said that in most communities supply is already at an appropriate standard, but that new underground infrastructure is being developed concurrently with the scoping for SIHIP building programs. He added that: 51 Answer to question on notice: LANT, CTC, Transcript of Proceedings, Darwin, Tuesday 10 November 2009, p.42. 52 LANT, CTC, Transcript of Proceedings, Alice Springs, 23 November 2009, p.14. 53 LANT, CTC, Transcript of Proceedings, Darwin, Tuesday 10 November 2009, p.68. 54 FaHCSIA and NTG, SIHIP Review, p.31. 55 FaHCSIA and NTG, SIHIP Review, p.8.

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