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Annual Report 2012/2013 Department of Housing



Annual Report 2012/2013 Department of Housing

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NATIONAL PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT ON REMOTE INDIGENOUS HOUSING The National Partnership Agreement on Remote Indigenous Housing, which now incorporates the Strategic Indigenous Housing Infrastructure Program, is a joint initiative of the Australian and Northern Territory governments that will deliver 1456 new houses and 2915 rebuilds and refurbishments by June 2018. Housing work has been undertaken in 68 communities, 7 Tennant Creek Community Living Areas and 18 Alice Springs Town Camps. In 2012-15,252 new houses and 425 refurbishment and rebuilds were completed in a number of remote Indigenous communities, town camps and community living areas across the Territory. Indigenous employees have made up around 26 per cent of the workforce engaged in the construction of this housing since the program began, and have been employed on Remote Indigenous Housing projects across 93 communities and town camps in the Northern Territory. This has exceeded the 20 per cent Indigenous employment target. By early 2012,14 out of 16 communities prioritised for major investment in the Northern Territory had signed long-term leasing arrangements. In the Territory, township leasing has made it possible to grant long-term subleases for economic purposes and home ownership. Voluntary leases are being negotiated currently in the smaller communities so housing works can commence as soon as possible. Milikapiti ramps up again Refurbished houses in the community of Milikapiti, on the northern cost of Melville Island, are continuing to have a positive effect on the community. The community had works done earlier under the National Partnership Agreement on Remote Indigenous Housing and construction has ramped up again to finalise the works in the small community. Contractor DT Hobbs, contracted through the Northern Territory Governments Department of Infrastructure, is carrying out the refurbishment works in Milikapiti and has enjoyed great community support. The works being carried out are a mix of upgrades to houses previously upgraded under the program and refurbishments to other existing properties. The contractor has employed quite a few local community members who worked on the Remote Indigenous Housing program when it was last on the Tiwis, the experience they brought with them has been very beneficial. A cleaning team consisting of female community members is proving to be invaluable preparing the houses before refurbishment and then before tenants return. Scoping works for further packages are currently in progress. It is expected that works will continue in Milikapiti through to December this year. 18 DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING ANNUAL REPORT 2012-13

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