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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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Tabled By Gerard Wood


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Council of Territory Co-operation 55 First Report $200 000 each. Even if one were to assume an average cost of $150 000 per refurbishment, the cost of a rebuild jumps to a quarter of a million dollars, only $100 000 shy of the original estimated average cost of a new house (pre-review) of $350 000 each. Only after the review was conducted, and administrative costs, costs of refurbishments and the number of houses to be built were mandated, far better outcomes would be delivered to the Tiwi Islands and in other Aboriginal communities. Post review, that is, after intervention by the Federal Government, 90 new houses were mandated to be built and the cost of refurbishments reduced from $150,000 to $75,000 each on the Tiwi Islands. Necessarily, this increase in the number of new houses and the reduction in unit cost per refurbishment manifested itself in smaller houses and less actual refurbishment work being undertaken on those houses identified as requiring that level of work. However, the review was certainly not a silver bullet. As a result of the halving of the budget to perform refurbishments, far less work was to be carried out on each house with the outcome of that work focussed on returning a house to functionality only. Clearly, the NT Government dropped the ball here, also. Using Nguiu as an example again, many houses destined for refurbishment will have the floors only in the wet areas namely, kitchen and bathroom, properly sealed. The CTC members inspected houses at Nguiu that are destined for refurbishment. The floors on many houses are concrete, however they were built using beach sand many years ago and have deteriorated markedly. These floors are extremely porous and soft, aggregate is exposed and they are pitted and damaged through both normal wear and through the use of tools, such as axes. It would be impossible to keep such a floor to any level of cleanliness and, without doubt, poses a serious risk to the health of any person inhabiting the house. Damaged floor in house to be refurbished, Nguiu, 2 February 2010 It is quite apparent that the NT Government has failed in its duty to adequately advise the Federal Government on this matter. In its haste to meet politically motivated targets, real, on the ground results for the aboriginal people, who are to be the recipients of the SIHIP program, have given way to the politics of meeting poorly conceived and unrealistic targets.

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