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ALC 15 year strategic plan 2012-2027



ALC 15 year strategic plan 2012-2027


Anindilyakwa Land Council


Anindilyakwa Land Council annual report; Anindilyakwa Land Council strategic plan; Reports; PublicationNT




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Anindilyakwa Land Council (N.T.) -- Periodicals; Aboriginal Australians -- Northern Territory -- Groote Eylandt -- Periodicals

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ALC 15 year Strategic Plan 6. Goal B: Best Practice Service Delivery 77 The advantage of a self-funded house scheme (rather than a government-sponsored scheme) means that new houses could be built with the pride and a sense of ownership of relevant clans involved in the financing of the program. Best practice construction methods It is the view of the ALC that more research and trials need to be conducted to establish best practice housing construction methods on the island utilising local material and local labour and skills. Both Aminjarrinja Enterprises and GCC have now developed substantial competency in conducting such work. GCC has developed its own quarry north of Angurugu producing crushed rock for concrete-associated works and has now commenced a pilot program utilising the by-product of rock crushing that produces a fine power that when mixed with cement can be utilised to create concrete blocks. Work is expected to begin in 2013 to construct new government-contracted buildings from these blocks. It is also intended to look at the more aesthetically pleasing and higher performing passive thermal properties of rammed earth construction techniques. The ALC is recommending the use of rammed earth as being more suitable for Groote Eylandt than the concrete blocks as it requires minimal labour during construction versus high labour in concrete block construction. Rammed earth is not to be confused with mud brick construction. Rammed earth is a proven performer across Australia in significant government-funded buildings and has been widely accepted as creating iconic and low power-consuming structures. Home ownership The Australian Governments Home Ownership on Indigenous Land (HOIL) program provides loans for people living on community-titled land who otherwise would not be able to obtain home loan finance. Groote Eylandt was among the first four approved HOIL sites in 2006-07. A total 90 loans were allocated for Groote Eylandt. However, by 2012, there was still no home ownership on Groote Eylandt. Major barriers to home ownership are that land is held communally rather than by individuals and low financial literacy of the Anindilyakwa people. The question remains for local people as to what the benefits of home ownership are. The current system provides for adequate housing, secure tenancy and adequate repairs and maintenance (albeit this has been a contentious issue).

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